On November 21 - after an excellent key note by Yvonne Benschop (about the challenges of postfeminism) - Anita Thaler and Jennifer Dahmen-Adkins presented (at a conference at IHS Vienna) how with an intersectional approach social gender justice in academia and research can be improved.
They especially pointed out how the very concept of co-producing gender equality knowledge can help overcoming resistances and support the implementation of gender equality plans in science and research organisations.
In a panel discussion afterwards Anita Thaler talked about strategies and experiences on the interface of research and policy (with Birgit Buchinger (Solution, Salzburg), Eva Czernohorszky (Wirtschaftsagentur Wien), Roberta Schaller-Steidl (Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung), Moderation: Angela Wroblewski (IHS)).
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The Portuguese CHANGE team (UAVR, Portugal) has promoted the workshop "Unconscious Bias and Diversity in Research and Innovation Activities" on November 29th. The event, which took place at the University of Aveiro, was presented by Dr. Tony McMahon, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Trinity College Dublin. The activity aimed to outline the nature of unconscious bias, to create awareness on how it may affect our judgement and decision making, and to explore how unconscious bias might impact on our research and institutions. The participants had the opportunity to reflect on their own actions in order to mitigate the effects of unconscious biases, not only in their work and research, but also in the institution.
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On November 5th 2019 CHANGE coordinator Anita Thaler (IFZ Graz), has been invited to a panel discussion to Technisches Museum (technology museum) in Vienna.
The technology museum actively deals with the subject of technology, education and gender. In the museum a "women's gallery", breaks up the male dominant tale of technology history und the newest publication of the series "Blätter für Technikgeschichte" about gender and technology are main activities. In the mentioned publication, Anita Thaler and her colleague Birgit Hofstätter wrote a chapter ("Gelebte Utopie — Mit Transdisziplinarität zu einer Technikbildung für alle?" — "Living utopia — technology education for everybody with a transdisciplinary approach"), looking back to over a decade of....
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The CHANGE project was presented by the Portuguese team on 30 October. The presentation took place at the Department of Social, Political and Territorial Sciences of the University of Aveiro as part of a seminar of GOVCOPP (Research Unit on Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies). About 20 people attended the CHANGE presentation, made by Sara Diogo and Zélia Breda.
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On the 16th-18th September CHANGE team members Ina Ben-Uri (Israel) and Veronika Mešková (Slovakia) participated in the conference organised by EUMENT-NET Network and the Department of Political Science University of Naples Federico II: "Inequality vs inclusiveness in changing academic governance: policies, resistances, opportunities".
Conference was focused on unconscious bias in transforming academia and strategies how to tackle them. It gave opportunity for experts and practitioners to meet, network and share their experience.
Ina Ben-Uri presented her research on gender perspective of work-family relations among college teachers, providing also information on Israeli particular context. The presentation covered the work — family relations
together with professional self-efficacy field and introduced the research objectives, hypotheses and methodology.
Veronika Mešková presented experience of University of Žilina from GEP implementing in the framework of European H2020 project, obstacles they face in this concrete university environment and partially some of the Employee Satisfaction Survey results related especially to the perception of career progression of female researchers and teachers at the University of Žilina.