The ACT project is organising its final international conference as a virtual event to be held on 11-12 February 2021. In this second synergy conference, the ACT Consortium will report on how the project has contributed to advance gender equality at universities, research centres and research funding organisations in the EU, based on the concept of Communities of Practice (CoP).
Coordinated by GenTIC researcher Jörg Müller, ACT is a Horizon 2020 project which has set-up and supported a network of eight Communities of Practice -seven across Europe and one in Latin America – as well as developing resources to help CoPs adopting best practices on gender equality, such as a platform for online presence and collaboration, an online survey tool, a co-creation toolkit, and audio-visual materials.
The 2nd ACT International Synergy Conference is addressed to science and innovation leaders, decision-makers, researchers and practitioners interested in gender equality in research and innovation. The two-day sessions include presentations by the ACT Communities of Practice on their experiences and lessons learned and a detailed evaluation of the ACT tools and services. Mina Stareva, Head of Gender Sector within the Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission, will give the initial presentation and will talk about the gender equality aspects of Horizon Europe, the next EU funding programme for research and innovation.
To end, a joint workshop with ACT members together with representatives of the WeObserve project and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission will facilitate an open discussion on how to create and develop communities of practice as means to better practice, culture, and performance in R&I organisations.