“Gender and Data Science in Sports and Health (GENDASH)” is a Spanish network of researchers funded by the High Council of Sports (CSD) of the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sport (Ref. 02/UPR/21). It provides continuity to the ANALYTICS@SPORTS & HEALTH (Data Science and Information Technologies Applied to Sports and Health) and SHARP (Sports and Health Analytics Research with a Gender Perspective) networks, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sport in 2019 and 2020, respectively. The main objective of the GENDASH network is to develop research and knowledge transfer actions that, aligned with various sustainable development goals, are aimed at:

  • Providing evidence on the situation of women in sports and the promotion of healthy habits through various analytical methodologies such as data science.
  • Exploring new lines of research that contribute to a better understanding of the problem.
  • Identifying good practices that inspire recommendations to reduce gender inequalities in nutrition, physical activity, and sport.

As a multidisciplinary network, it brings together a group of researchers and professionals from diverse disciplines linked to the study of the bidirectional relationship between health and well-being through sports activity with a gender perspective. The GENDASH network incorporates data science for a better diagnosis and analysis of the situation and the problems that arise and addresses issues related to gender inequalities in sports and physical activity.

The GENDASH network is lead by Milagros Sáinz as principal investigator and coordinated by three research groups at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya: GenTIC and ICSO at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) and FoodLab at the UOC Faculty of Health Sciences.


Start date: 01 January 2021 – End date: 11 November 2021


Research groups integrating the GENDASH network:

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)

Gender and ICT (GenTIC)




Universitat de Vic – Universitat Central de Catalunya

Sport Performance Analysis Research Group (SPARG)


Universidad Francisco de Vitoria (UFV)

Fisiología del Ejercicio


Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV)

UPV Statistics


Universidad Pública de Navarra (UPNA)



Euncet Business School (EBS)

Economics & Business Administration


Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)

Business Analytics Research Group


Universidad Internacional de Valencia (VIU)



Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)

Grupo de Investigación Psicosocial en el Deporte

Ingeniería de Organización y Logística


Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya – Barcelona Tech (UPC)



Universidad de La Laguna (ULL)

Grupo de Computación Inteligente


Universidad de Barcelona (UB)

Autoinmunitat i Tolerància (AiT)


Universidad de Granada (UGR)

IBS Granada. Dpt. Nutrición y Bromatología


Universidad de Murcia (UM)

E098-01 Alimentación, Nutrición y Salud


Universidad de Isabel I (Ui1)

Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud

Grupo de Investigación Reconocido en Ciencias de la Actividad Física y del Deporte (GICAFD)


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Related projects:

SHARP Network (funded by the High Council of Sports (CSD) of the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sport, Ref. 09/UPR/20).

ANALYTICS@SPORTS&HEALTH Network (funded by the High Council of Sports (CSD) of the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sport, Ref. 05/UPR/19).


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