Co-producing gender equality knowledge with sister projects


How can a European certification and award scheme (CAS) support the efforts of the European Commission to improve gender equality in higher education and research organisations? The project CASPER explored the current CAS-landscape and analysed whether a European certificate focusing on gender equality (GECAS) should be developed from scratch or rather included in an existing system. The project's findings have now been [...]
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Kick-off online meeting of the ATHENA sister project


Already at the early stage of CHANGE implementation, consortium members have established cooperation with sister projects, which later resulted in more common organised activities (e.g. in Slovenia, Slovakia).

CHANGErs are aware that the change on the institutional level needs to be supported by the change of the society on the national or even regional levels. And this bigger task requires cooperation among individuals across different institutions.

We felt grateful to present CHANGE concept and our "Lessons learnt" from the project implementation during the kick-off meeting of the Athena project on the 3rd February 2021. Slovak CHANGE team member from University of Žilina, Veronika Mešková, shared the success stories of particular partners achieved thanks to the certain practice. She highligted the power of "soft actions" especially in some countries (e.g. Portugal, Slovakia), which proved to be supportive in overcoming the initial distrust towards gender equality topic and became a door opener for further activities enabling, step by step, a structural change.

Additionally, a follow-up online meeting was scheduled with the Slovak project participant in the Athena project to discuss implementation of the GEP in HEI in Slovakia.

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UAVR produced a Video for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science


On the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, 11th of February, the UAVR CHANGE team produced a video with testimonies from directors of research units at UAVR.

The video serves to remind (as many times as necessary!) that without women Science would always be a [...]

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"This worries me a little. As long children are not in school, people think: 'Women have to take care of them.'"


The Austrian CHANGErs Anita Thaler and Julian Anslinger researched in autumn 2020 how organisations have changed in the Covid-19 pandemic, and which challenges leaders, especially female leaders, had to face and with what kind of strategies they reacted to those changes.
The result is an insight into ten Styrian organisations from the logistics, technology, travel agency, health, and public services sector.
The corona crisis brought unforeseen challenges like contact tracing, health issues, but also home-office blurred the boundaries between [...]
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Gender issues in pandemic times


The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world and no one's life was untouched by the measures taken since spring 2020 by governments to contain the virus. The CHANGErs Anita Thaler and Julian Anslinger (IFZ, Austria) and Hana Himi (BBC, Israel) have contributed to an online journal, the fifth issue of the Queer STS Forum , which took this [...]
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