Recruitment, Retention and Career Progression of Women in Academia

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Trilateral Research

Date: 21 November 2019

We are delighted to announce that GEARING-Roles is organising its first project annual conference, which will be taking place on the 27 November 2019 at the University of Lisbon in Portugal.

GEARING-Roles is a four-year EC funded project that aims to increase gender equality in research institutions. The project is a strong multidisciplinary consortium of 10 European academic and non-academic partners that will design, implement, and evaluate 6 Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) following the steps described in the GEAR tool (define, plan, act and check). The objective of the project is to challenge and transform gender roles and identities linked to professional careers and work towards real institutional change.

Trilateral Research is proud to manage the dissemination of the GEARING-Roles project. We are looking forward to challenging the status quo and raising awareness of discrimination, through the project’s dissemination activities.

About the Conference

Like many other careers, careers in academia are full of challenges that are often hard to overcome. Balancing research activities and teaching duties, the limited number of positions available, and the ever-fiercer competition to receive funding are just some examples of the difficulties faced. Women often account for more than half of the students within a research institution and while their representation in academia has been growing for decades, they still represent less than half of the teaching staff. Additionally, it often takes them far longer to reach positions of leadership where they remain to this day severely underrepresented.

In order to debate the recruitment, retention and progression of women in academia, GEARING-Roles is hosting its First Annual Conference on “Recruitment, Retention and Career Progression of Women in Academia”, organised by Instituto de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território (IGOT).

The conference seeks to stimulate active and reciprocal exchanges between our partners, sister projects, experts on gender equality, students, graduates, researchers, active stakeholders and policymakers.

The GEARING-Roles project will also present the data gathered by each Gender Equality Plan (GEP)-implementing partner in order to conduct its institutional assessments on gender equality dimensions. The data will thus, provide a very up-to-date picture of the present situation including but not limited to national contexts, university policy and practices, gender in university governance and careers, promotions, research content, output, curricula, pedagogical practices and marketing.

The conference is open to everyone at no cost and will be a meeting point for policymakers, academics and students to discuss ideas, raise questions and propose solutions to gender inequalities in higher education institutions.

For more information on the conference visit the project website or contact our team.

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