EQUAL-IST Gender Equality Plans for Information Sciences and Technology Research Institutions

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Type and Duration

EU H2020-Förderprojekt, January 2016 until January 2019 (finished)


Institute of Information Systems

Main Research

Business Process Management

Field of Research

Gender and Diversity in Information Systems


Within the realm of the project, we will develop Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) for the participating IST institutions. Based on an initial review of existing literature and analysis of good practices across Europe, we will investigate the state of the art in terms of gender equality at the seven involved IST institutions located throughout Europe. In this way, we will get a profound understanding of their maturity levels in terms of gender equality and the requirements and means used to tackle gender-related issues. The GEPs will be based on these findings and will be tailored to fit the specific needs and the given environment of the institutions. It will be possible due to the participatory and co-design methodology and the use of a crowdsourcing online collaborative platform. The institutions will implement the GEPs in two stages, with the opportunity to refine the goals in the middle of the project run time. Implementation of GEPs will be assessed by external evaluators who are experienced in accompanying institutions during organisational change processes. The findings will be documented in an open platform and will be made accessible for any interested party, especially for other IST research institutions, as a collection of best practices. In this respect the EQUAL-IST project will not only boost gender equality at the involved RPOs but will seek to influence a bigger number of IST research organisations to address gender bias and contribute to the achievement of ERA objectives by increasing the number of female researchers in the IST fields.

For further information, please visit http://equal-ist.eu/.


Information Systems, Gender & Equality


  • Institute of Information Systems


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