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The GE ACademy DOCC aims at condensing in an online format the best available knowledge and expertise on Gender Equality in Research and Innovation, from the GE Academy partners and an extended network of contributing nodes and projects from across Europe.
We aim at providing learners with a wealth of resources and tools to become change agents and promote institutional transformation, either at their own Research Organizations or to support the process at other entities. The course includes lessons made of video/audio lectures and multimedia, content-rich articles and for each lesson, a list of other suggested resources and a specific assignment to be completed.

Learning Objectives

After studying this course, you are expected to achieve the following learning objectives and be able to:

  • identify the  main issues and problems at stake as far as gender inequalities in research, higher education and innovation are concerned 
  • know about the main EU policy frameworks and priorities to promote gender equality in research and innovation 
  • use a multiplicity of arguments to engage and advocate on gender equality in research 
  • understand the institutional change concept and the steps to foster it by designing, implementing and monitoring Gender Equality Plans 
  • become aware of actions and measures which have been implemented by Research Organisations across Europe and beyond  to promote gender equality
  • know how to integrate gender in the content and methodological choices of scientific research across a variety of disciplines learning from researchers themselves presenting their research projects
  • comprehend the concept of intersectionality and use it to promote inclusive institutional change and excellent research
  • recognize the interlinkages between promoting gender equality in scientific research and broader innovation


You will also have the opportunity to:

  • share your own knowledge and expertise by exchanging with peers on the platform via the forum functionality and taking part to on live chats with experts
  • practice your communication skills on gender equality issues by contributing to the GE Academy DOCC Blog, for those assignments which foresee it
  • network with those among other participants and experts who are also willing to


Course structure

The course is built around 7 modules which represent only one of the possible learning paths: if you are approaching gender equality issues in the specific domain of scientific research/higher education policies for the first time, we definitely suggest to start by taking module 1 first. Otherwise, learners are free to craft their own learning journey across modules and navigate through the content in personalized forms and at their own pace

Each module is composed of different lessons (video/audio lectures or multimedia content rich articles) prepared by our experts and complemented by assignments: completing the assignments takes a very important role in the learning process that we have crafted for this DOCC, so we really draw your attention on this part of the course.

As the ultimate goal of this course is not to merely transfer knowledge but rather to make it actionable, assignments are designed with this purpose in mind: to help you contextualize notions in your reality and stimulate you to become a change agent active in promoting gender equality and institutional change.


Forum, live chat and live webinar

Within the course there is a discussion forum open to participants.
Live chat sessions with experts and some live webinars are also planned.
The dates and times of the live sessions will be communicated on the DOCC blog


GE Academy Certificate of Attendance

Enrolling on the course will give you the opportunity to earn a GE Academy Certificate of Attendance to demonstrate your interest in the subject and commitment to your career, and to provide evidence of continuing professional development. The certificate will be released upon completion of 70% of the modules including the related assignments.


The GE Academy project would really appreciate a few minutes of your time to tell us about yourself and your expectations for the course before you begin, in our start-of-course survey. Once you complete the course we would also value your feedback and suggestions for future improvement, in our end-of-course survey.

Course Curriculum

1. Institutional change: an introduction
Ex-ante Survey 00:00:00
Creating your Gender Equality Plan 01:10:00
Towards gender aware research organisations. Basic keys to elaborate Gender Equality Plans
Assignment:Creating your Gender Equality Plan 30, 00:00
Women and their careers 00:45:00
How do we “ungender” organisations?
Fighting for equality and fighting for success 00:00:00
Are gender equality measures changing organisations, or are organisations co-opting gender equality?
Why Gender Equality should matter to Meritocracy and Academic Excellence 00:20:00
Tackling gender bias in decision-making and leadership
Assignment: Why Gender Equality should matter to Meritocracy and Academic Excellence Unlimited
Institutional change through Gender Equality: Training for agents of change 00:25:00
European policies promoting gender equality in research have shifted from a « fixing women » to an « institutional change » approach. What does it mean and how to do it ? Research organisation are invited to design and implement gender equality plans (GEP) in different areas to address the (re)production of structural inequalities in institutions. During this lesson, you will get an introduction to the European policy context, GEPs as a tool for institutional change and success factors to greater gender equality in research organisations.
Assignment: Training for agents of change 30, 00:00
Picking your battles, picking your rides 00:35:00
How to choose wisely between opportunities and threats in changing your university towards gender+ equality
Assignment: Strategic framing in times of Corona 30, 00:00
How to Strategically Frame Gender Equality Policies and set Priorities for Changes at your University? 00:22:00
This lecture, part of the GE Academy webinar Achieving gender equality in Universities: the importance of priority setting and strategic framing, presents the strategic framework applied in the University of Zurich to achieve gender equality in academia. In particular, it focuses on the path implemented by the Faculty of Medicine and the concrete actions they have taken in the last decade. In the lecture you will understand the importance of the application of the triple strategic approach, introduced by Londa Schiebinger, fundamental to achieve institutional change.
Test | Institutional change: an introduction Unlimited
2. Institutional Change: how
Words Matter 00:25:00
How to Create Sustainable Social Change by Communicating Gender Equality
Assignment: Framing Equality 30, 00:00
What have (changing) men and masculinities got to do with gender equality in research and academia? 00:25:00
Assignment: Encouraging men to get more involved in promoting gender equality in research 30, 00:00
Gender Data, statistics, and indicators 00:00:00
Assignment -Gender data, statistics and indicators Unlimited
First steps toward your Gender Equality Plan 00:55:00
Assignment- First steps toward your Gender Equality Plan 1 month, 2 weeks
Implementing a Gender Equality Plan 00:35:00
Gender Equality at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya 00:25:00
Achieving an institutional change by means of Gender Equality Plans
Monitoring and evaluation of a Gender Equality Plan 00:15:00
Evaluating Gender Equality in Research and Innovation: Theories, Methods and Results. 00:00:00
Unique Insights from the Horizon 2020 Project EFFORTI: Merve Yorulmaz, Rachel Palmen, Susanne Buhrer
What comes after? Sustainability of a Gender Equality Plan 00:10:00
Assignment-Sustainability of a Gender Equality Plan Unlimited
Frequently asked questions and answers regarding Gender Equality Plan as a tool for institutional change 00:00:00
3. Institutional Change: what
Tackling gender imbalances in decision making positions: a hardcore challenge 00:00:00
Test | Tackling gender imbalances in decision making positions Unlimited
Addressing sexual harassement in Academia 00:00:00
Assignment: Gender based violence and sexual harassment, taking action in Academia 30, 00:00
Balancing work and life in research institutions 00:00:00
How gender inequalities matter (and what could be done).
Test | Work life balance Unlimited
4. Gender dimension in research content
Gender dimension in research content 00:40:00
Pills to win gender bias (in health care) 00:25:00
Assignment- The use of concept map 30, 00:00
Sex and gender dimension in cardiovascular diseases and academic medicine 00:30:00
Assignment- Sex and gender in medicine 30, 00:00
Sex and gender dimension in coronary artery disease 00:30:00
Sex and gender pharmacology: one size does not fit all 01:15:00
Gender Dimensions in Mobility Research 01:00:00
Assignment- Gender dimension in mobility 30, 00:00
Women in Transport: Policies and Practice for Inclusive Mobility Planning 00:30:00
Gender in urban planning: an introduction 00:35:00
Making IT Work: Integrating gender research in computing through a process model 00:20:00
Peace and security research: does gender matter? 00:00:00
Embedding a gender dimension in research in the social sciences: an inclusive and intersectional approach 00:30:00
PART I – The importance of gender in understanding society
Embedding a gender dimension in research in the social sciences: an inclusive and intersectional approach 00:30:00
Part II- Beyond Gender: Intersectionality and standpoint perspectives
Embedding a gender dimension in research in the social sciences: an inclusive and intersectional approach 00:00:00
Part III- Some examples of gender and intersectionality in research projects
Gender in Agriculture: at the intersection of family, farming, business and nature 00:36:00
Test | Gender in Agriculture Unlimited
5. Gender in curricula and teaching
Gender in teaching and curricula: introducing the challenges 00:30:00
Assignment- Gender in Teaching: short essay 30, 00:00
Women’s Rights are Human Rights 01:00:00
Mainstreaming Gender In Curriculum
My body is not your battleground. Mainstreaming gender in curriculum 00:00:00
Women and Neuropsychology. Mainstreaming gender in curriculum 00:00:00
6. Intersectional approaches
Intersectionality in institutional change processes: an introduction 00:00:00
Intersectionality in institutional change processes in higher education and research 01:00:00
Applying intersectional perspectives in research and innovation 00:45:00
The cases of artificial intelligence and urban cycling
7. Engaging with external stakeholders and innovation ecosystems
Engaging with external stakeholders and innovation ecosystems to foster institutional change 01:00:00
Assignment: Contribute to the CALIPER H2020 project Study 30, 00:00
Women and Innovation: the case of University spinout companies 00:00:00
Synergies at the ecosystem level as parts of a Gender Equality Plan 00:20:00
A concrete example to bring more girls to STEM faculties
Feedback questionnaire
Feedback questionnaire 00:15:00
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