Communities of Practice for Accelerating Gender Equality and Institutional Change

ACT (Communities of Practice for Accelerating Gender Equality and Institutional Change in Research and Innovation across Europe) is a Coordination and Support Action project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The initiative seeks to advance gender equality at Research Performing Organizations and Research Funding Organizations across Europe by strengthening existing infrastructure for knowledge sharing and mutual learning to promote institutional change in this field.

ACT will start up a European network of 7 Communities of Practice (CoPs) in research organizations and will provide them with tailor-made mechanisms for new learning and practice, such as an online Hub for knowledge sharing, an adaptable instrument for monitoring and evaluating gender equality plans, toolkits for the adoption of best practices, training materials in participatory methods, or thematic videos addressing shared needs.

With a total budget of 3 million €, ACT is coordinated by Gender and ICT.

Start date: 1st of May 2018 – End date: 30th of April 2021

Principal investigator: Jörg Müller (GenTIC, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya)


The ACT Consortium comprises 17 institutions from 10 different European countries and Argentina: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Spain), Portia (UK), NOTUS (Spain), Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft MBH (Austria), Advance HE (formerly Equality Challenge Unit) (UK), Loughborough University (UK), Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (Argentina); Technische Universität Berlin(Germany), Karolinska Institutet (Sweden), Science Foundation Ireland (Ireland), Umweltbundesamt(Germany), Deutsches Elektronen-Synchroton (Germany), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique(France), Centre de Regulació Genòmica (Spain), Uniwersytet Jagiellonski (Poland), ZRC SAZU (Slovenia), and Haskoli Islands (Iceland).

More information:

ACT will create an online hub for Communities of Practice (CoPs) building upon the existing GenPORT portal. GenPORT is a community-based internet portal for sharing resources on gender and science that was funded by the European Union FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2012-1 programme.

To know more, visit the portal GenPORT_logo


Funding body:

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 788204.



Related projects: GenPORT

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