Conference on “ACCELERATING ERA DEVELOPMENT IN STEM BY PROMOTION OF GENDER EQUALITY IN RESEARCH”

Conference on “ACCELERATING ERA DEVELOPMENT IN STEM BY PROMOTION OF GENDER EQUALITY IN RESEARCH”

Vilnius 20-21 November 2017

Palace of Grand Dukes of Lithuania

Katedros a. 4, LT-01143 Vilnius

 

The conference is held under the patronage of the

President of the Republic of Lithuania H.E. Dalia Grybauskaitė

 

The 1.5-day lasting event will be organized by Vilnius University, BASNET Forumas association and EIGE, with support of the Horizon 2020 project GENERA, coordinated by DESY (Germany).

The conception of the conference is based on the understanding that development of human resources is the main component in the science producing process. Among all ERA priorities the most closely related to this issue is gender equality in research, concerned with improvement of work and life conditions for researchers of both genders and leading to more gender balanced, productive and innovative science. Regardless of the efforts taken by the European Commission the ERA Report 2016 shows that advancements in this priority are still remaining relatively slow. It presupposes the need of more vide involvement of stakeholders in ensuring the harmonization of solutions made in all ERA priorities.

The aim of the event is to advance the goals of creation ERA process by consolidating the efforts of ERA stakeholders, EU scientific networks and established knowledge from past initiatives for promotion systemic cultural change in research performing and funding organizations.

It is expected that the conference will be opened by the high level representative of the Republic of Lithuania and the plenary sessions will include high-level representatives from the European Parliament, European Commission, the Baltic Sea Region countries including Baltic States, research organizations and stakeholder networks as well as the currently active Horizon 2020 projects receiving support for implementation of systemic institutional change by promoting gender equality in research.

The agenda of the event will include a policy debate on strengthening consolidation of ERA stakeholders efforts in the field of implementation gender equality in research, discussions on the practical outcomes for improvement of understanding of the key factors enabling successful design and implementation of  Gender Equality in research organizations and establishment of new Stakeholder Network as a platform for exchange of expertise and experience between different national and institutional contexts and creating an evidence and consensus-led community of practice. The half of the day will be devoted to the Baltic States Gender in Physics Day activities.