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2nd ACT International Synergy Conference


The purpose of this conference is to report on the contribution of the H2020 ACT project to advance gender equality in research and innovation in the EU. The approach developed by ACT is based on the concept of Community of Practice (CoP). ACT created, developed and supported eight CoPs, as well as a range of tools to help CoPs operate at institutional, inter-institutional, and EU-wide levels, and keep advancing best practice for gender equality in R&I.

The ACT Consortium invites to the Conference science and innovation leaders, decision-makers, researchers and practitioners ready to collaborate, co-create and co-produce gender equality in R&I.

Originally, the conference was to be hosted by the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.


DAY 1, 11 February 2021 (all times are in Brussels time)

MC: ACT Coordinator

9:30 – 9:45 Welcome from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow

9:45 – 10:15 Gender Equality in R&I in the EU, Mina Stareva, Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) of the European Commission

  • Horizon Europe
  • She Figures and Policy Briefs
  • Gendered Innovations 2.0

10:15 – 10:45 The evolving use CoPs in science knowledge making

  • CoPs and Citizen Science in H2020 WeObserve project
  • CoPs and Research methods at DG Joint Research Centre (JRC)

10:45 – 11:00 BREAK

11:00 – 13:00 Summary of the experiences and lessons from the 8 ACT CoPs

Chair: NOTUS

10:30 – 11:20 4 x 10 min presentation, 10 min Q&A

  • LifeSciCoP. Gender Equality in Life Sciences
  • GENERA. Gender Equality in Physics
  • GenBUDGET. Gender Budgeting in Research Organisations
  • FORGEN. Funding organisations for Gender

11:20 – 11:30 BREAK

11:30 – 12:20 4 x 10 min presentation, 10 min Q&A     

  • Strategies. Strategies for Sustainable Gender Equality
  • Alt+G. Alternative Infrastructure for Gender Equality
  • GEinCEE. Gender Equality in Central and Eastern Europe
  • LAC CoP. Gender Equality in Latin America

12:20 – 12:30 BREAK

12:30 – 13:00 Results of the evaluation of CoP development and performance  JOANNEUM Reasearch (15 min presentation + 15 min Q&A)

13:00 – 13:30 BREAK

13:30 – 14:45 Sharing ACT tools and services

Chair: DESY

•    Setting up, developing and supporting the eight ACT CoPs - Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)
•    Developing and first results from the Gender Equality Audit & Monitoring tool (GEAM):  AdvanceHE
•    Co-creation Toolkit  and Facilitator Training – Loughborough University (UoL) + Technical University of Berlin (TUB)
•    The Knowledge Sharing Platform - Open University of Catalonia (FUOC)

Open discussion: users’ feedback and perspectives on support

On-line poll: vote for the service of most interest to you

15:00 – 16:00 Scaling up CoPs for systemic change (moderated live session in a virtual format)


  • ERA Group on Careers – AdvanceHE & Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
  • ERA Group on Decision Making – NOTUS & University of Iceland (UoI)
  • ERA Group on Gender Dimension – Karolinska Institute (KI) & Umweltbundesamt (UBA)

Open discussion: Collaborating, co-operating and co-creating best practice for gender equality in research and innovation


DAY 2, 12 February 2021 (all times in Brussels time)

10:00 – 13:00 Joint Workshop: Sharing experiences of ACT, WeObserve and Joint Research Centre (JRC) CoPs

CoPs as means to better practice, culture, and performance in R&I organisations

Chair: Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC-SAZU)  

  • Plenary: What have we learned from the We Observe, JRC, and ACT CoPs
  • Breakout sessions: Systematising the CoP methodology
    • Setting up a CoP process (Moderator: NOTUS)
    • CoP performance monitoring and evaluation (Moderator: JOANNEUM)
    • CoP collaboration support measures (Jagiellonian University in Krakow)
    • Roles of CoPs champions, facilitators, chairs, members (FLACSO)

•    Plenary: Recommendations from breakout sessions


13:00 – 13:30 CLOSING the CONFERENCE



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