Commissione Europea 7th Framework Programme Presidenza Del Consiglio Dei Ministri


Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) – Technical University of Madrid is the largest Spanish technological university. With two recognitions as Campus of International Excellence, it is outstanding in its research activity together with its training of highly-
qualified professionals, competitive at an international level. More than 2,400 researchers carry out their activity at the UPM, grouped in 200 Research Groups, 22 Research Centers or Institutes and 55 Laboratories, all of them committed to transform the knowledge generated into innovation advances applied to the production sector, contributing to solve the challenges of the European citizens.
The intense collaboration with governmental bodies and industry guarantees that research at the UPM offers real solutions to real-world problems. The dynamism of R&D&I activity at the UPM, together with the transfer of knowledge to society, is among its lines of strategy.
These two commitments place it among the Spanish universities with the greatest research activity and first in the capture of external resources in a competitive regime.
UPM heads the Spanish participation in the 7th UPM signs annually around 600 contracts with private businesses, due to its traditional and close relationship with the industrial and business sector, which supports and back its research and technology development in all Engineering fields, Aeronautics, Agronomy, Architecture, Energy, Forestry, Industrial, Mining, Naval and Informatics and
Moreover, every year, UPM applies for around 40 patents and receives a similar number of concessions demonstrating a high commitment to innovation. One of the main UPM technology transfer driver is the business creation, as ActúaUPM internal program generated 140 businesses in the last 10 years, 80% of which still exists.
All this shows that UPM is an institution committed to the transfer of knowledge generated through its research structures to society, and its transformation into advances and technological developments applied to the productive sector.


Inés Sánchez de Madariaga

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Paloma García-Maroto Olmos

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Inés Novella Abril

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Javier Ruiz Sánchez

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Ana Moreno Romero

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Mercedes del Río Merino

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Action Plan

The TRIGGER Action Plan for UPM promotes an integrated set of actions aimed at triggering

structural-level change at the University, to be later incorporated in and made permanent through

the Equality Action Plan that UPM has to draft and implement following Spanish normative

requirements. The TRIGGER project will thus also concretely support the existing Equality

Unit, which will be part of its Board. The actions, addressing many problem areas relevant

to gender equality, will be mostly targeting the whole University, even though three Schools

(School of Architecture/ETSAM; School of Building Engineering/ETSEM; School of Industrial

Engineering/ETSII) will be – even if to a different extent – the forerunners, both in the planning

and implementation of activities targeting all Faculties and Schools, and in the testing of additional

ones, specific to their characteristics and previous experience. The Action Plan will avail itself of

the strategic partnership with the UMyC-Women and Science Unit of the MINECO-Ministry for

Economy and Competitiveness.

The actions promoting change in organisational cultures and behaviour mostly aim at raising

awareness on the issue of gender inequality in science and technology. This set includes the

following actions: Research study on the situation of women at UPM, Network of UPM women,

Permanent training courses on Equal Opportunities, Seminars on women in S&T, Guidelines for

implementing protocols on bullying and sexual harassment and Dissemination of the work of the

Equality Unit.

The set of actions promoting work-life balance will firstly assess the existing needs in terms of

flexible arrangement and services at UPM, and then will draft and negotiate a set of relevant

provisions. To that end, two actions are planned: An internal survey on work-life balance measures

and a work-life balance plan.

The establishment of Mentoring Programmes is the action addressed to support early-stage career

development of women. This action is planned to be supported and complemented by other


In order to challenge gender stereotypes in S&T and their consequent career distortions, one

actions has been scheduled: Monitoring and fighting sexist language. This action will also deal with

images and non-verbal language.

Two actions are planned for gendering S&T contents and methods: the set of a Chair in Gender,

Innovation and Sustainability and the experimental incorporation of gendered contents in existing


The creation of a specific space to sustain the presence and visibility of women in scientific

leadership position on the homepage of UPM website is scheduled as an action to promote

women’s leadership in S&T. A similar set of actions but promoting women’s leadership in

the management of research involves two actions: the review of University norms and the

identification of targets for women’s presence in decision-making positions.

Finally, the set of actions promoting women’s leadership in S&T communications includes two

actions: Proposal of women candidates for honorary degrees and permanent dissemination of

women’s publications and works.