Engagement and community building

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One of our research group objectives is to foster effective collaborations for sharing knowledge and inspiring practical interventions on gender and science. GenPORT is an example of engagement and community building project that has succeeded in creating and international network of organisations and individuals working across the globe for gender equality and excellence in science, technology and innovation.

It consists of a community sourced internet portal that offers an open collaborative environment to practitioners, policy-makers and researchers for exchanging resources and knowledge on gender across all sciences (natural and social sciences, and humanities). The available information in GenPORT is constantly updated by its community of users (more than 500 are registered nowadays). The portal also offers online discussion forums where experts and interested users can gather to discuss emergent topics related to gender and science.

The GenPORT communication strategy started with an early user engagement through an interviewing process and user needs assessment, including specific science and portal advisory groups. The learnings made in the portal development have been presented and discussed in several forums such as the 9th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education and Research held in Paris on 12-14 September 2016; the Gender in Physics Day (GiPD) co-organised by CERN, ESO and NordForsk (Geneva, 27 January 2017), and the Opening Science to Society event organized by SIS.net, the international network of National Contact Points (NCPs) for Science with and for Society in Horizon 2020 (Brussels, 15 November 2016). Nowadays, GenPORT contains more than 1.000 resources, policy information and practical materials, and facilitates public access to scientific outcomes that would otherwise be dispersed.

Besides GenPORT, Gender and ICT has promoted or is currently participating in other European projects aimed at enhancing gender equality in research and innovation, such as GEDII (Gender Diversity Impact) and EFFORTI (Evaluation Framework for Promoting Gender Equality in R&I).

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