Gender is a cross-cutting issue and is mainstreamed in all European and national projects, ensuring a more integrated approach to research and innovation. The objectives of the Gender Equality Committee are based on the strategy on gender equality of Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe:
The Gender Equality Committee created within the Severo Ochoa project has the goal of recognizing and strengthening equal opportunities within the Institute.
One of the main goals of the Gender Equality Committee was to create a Gender Equality Plan for the Institute and to make gender-related resources accessible to all the staff.
For the next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon Europe, grant recipients will be required to incorporate sex and gender analyses into the design of research studies, unless it is specified by the Commission that sex or gender may not be relevant for the topic at stake. This is a significant achievement, which will strengthen research outcomes and help them becoming more inclusive, by also taking into account intersecting aspects like ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation.
To help researchers to better address sex and gender analysis, the Commission’s Gendered Innovations Expert Group has published 15 case studies in the fields of health, artificial intelligence, energy, transport, marine science, urban planning, waste management, agriculture, fair taxation and venture funding, as well as on the COVID-19 pandemic, as examples of good practice.
In the hiring process, unconscious bias happens when you form an opinion about candidates based solely on first impressions. Or, when you prefer one candidate over another simply because the first one seems like someone you’d easily hang out with outside of work. Even in the early hiring stages, a candidate’s resume picture, their name, or their hometown could influence your opinion more than you think. In short, unconscious bias influences your decision – whether positively or negatively – using criteria irrelevant to the job.
On 29 October 2019, representatives of the SOMMa Centres discussed at CNIO (Spanish National Cancer Research Center) in Madrid, the network's best practices in gender equality, to implement a change of culture that allows gender equality to be integrated into strategic science decisions. From the ICMAB, Riccardo Rurali, ICMAB Deputy Director and Coordinator of the Gender Equality Committe at the ICMAB, attended the event.
Invited speaker Cheryl Smythe, gender equality expert from the Babraham Institute, talked about the gender policies implemented by her centre to obtain the Athena SWAN Charter, a UK recognition to best practices for gender equality, and a prospective model for similar future European initiatives. You can download her presentation here.
You can see the whole event in this video:
A study by the Royal Society of Chemistry reveals gender biases in publishing. You can find here the report and additional material to download, read and share:
"Biases exist at each step of the publishing profile. Many of these appear minor in isolation, yet their combined effect puts women at a significant disadvantage"
"Only by recognising the biases introduced at decision points by authors, reviewers, editors and publishers, can we act to reduce them"