Member Institutions

The Community of Practice is a network of research organisations sharing practices on how to challenge gender biases in decision-making in research organisations by the means of Gender Budgeting, See below the list of member institutions.
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Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini

Brief description:
Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini - FGB - is a private and not-for-profit foundation developing, applying and disseminating evidence based policy design, delivery and evaluation at all governance levels. FGB promotes dialogue and a continuous knowledge exchange bridging the academic and policymaking communities, governments, civil society and private sector.
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Italy
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Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Brief description:
UC3M´s mission is to contribute to the improvement of society through teaching of the highest quality and cutting-edge research in line with stringent international guidelines. The University aspires to excellence in all its activities, with the aim of becoming one of the top universities in Europe.
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Spain
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Western Norway Research Institute

Brief description:
Vestlandsforsking is an assignment-based research institute. The institute is organised as a foundation and was established on 6 March 1985. The institute is located in Sogndal, by the Sognefjord in the western part of Norway. The institute has 30 employees and an annual turnover of approximately 27 million NOK.
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Norway
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Örebro University

Brief description:
Örebro University is a modern, broad-based university with internationally prominent research. 15,100 students and 1,350 staff study and work here. We offer some 85 degree programmes at the undergraduate and Master’s levels as well as some 1,000 separate courses. Örebro University cooperates with industry and commerce, local and regional governments and other organisations, both nationally and internationally.
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Sweden
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Birmingham University

Brief description:
Birmingham has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century. Characterised by a tradition of innovation, research at the University has broken new ground, pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge and made an impact on people’s lives. We continue this tradition today and have ambitions for a future that will embed our work and recognition of the Birmingham name on the international stage.
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UK
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Glasgow Caledonian University

Brief description:
Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is a vibrant, innovative and multi-award winning University for the Common Good. We aim to contribute to society in a manner that embraces yet goes beyond the traditional role of a university. GCU’s For the Common Good commitment is brought to life and delivered by students and staff across academic schools and departments.
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Scotland
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University of Southern Denmark

Brief description:
The University of Southern Denmark (SDU) is a government-funded, independent institution within the public administration under the Minister for Higher Education and Science. SDU was established in 1966. It has five campuses and is the first Danish university with decentralised campus structure. The university encompasses five faculties with more than 27,700 students, including Science, Health Sciences, Engineering, Humanities, and Business and Social Sciences. Denmark has a liberal approach to gender equality. Public organizations – including universities– are obliged by law to “work for gender equality” and incorporate a gender equality perspective in all aspects of planning and administration (i.e. mainstream) in accordance with EU legislation. There are, however, no requirements in terms of what “gender mainstreaming” means, and no sanctions if change doesn’t take place. FESTA was the first systematic initiative at SDU to address gender at a structural level. FESTA has served as a catalyst at the Faculty of Science and SDU in general for actions, resulting in several initiatives, policies and actions implemented in parallel with FESTA. At the Faculty of Science, a number of policies have been implemented. Within two years of full implementation, the Faculty of Science has experienced a marked increase in the ratio of women being hired for academic positions. Based on these experiences and as a direct consequence of the pioneering work done through FESTA, various initiatives are implemented at SDU. At both university and national level, FESTA actions and outcomes have been highlighted as recommendations for good practice and included in the recommendations from the Task Force for more women in research in 2015, established by the Minister for Research and Education. Gender Equality Team (GET) was established as part of SDU’s wider strategic GE focus in August 2017 as a direct result of FESTA and is the first of its magnitude and priority in Denmark. Its main tasks include establishing a Gender Data Warehouse and eventually the implementation of Gender Equality Plans at SDU and revision of academic recruitment processes to mitigate unconscious bias. It also includes training gatekeepers (leaders, senior faculty, advisors and PhD-supervisors etc.) and revising infrastructure to mitigate unconscious bias in decision making and structural / systemic practices of for instance promotion, delegation of tasks and distribution of resources. The Dean of Health Sciences is responsible for GET and represents SDU’s strategic GE-initiative in SDU’s Executive Board. GET is now coordinator of the EU-project SPEAR (Supporting and Implementing Plans for gender Equality in Academia and Research). SPEAR is a Coordination and Support Action project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Science with and for Society (SwafS) programme. SPEAR aims to foster sustainability in GE-practices in academia through a range of measures and outcomes, including ties to other EU-based GE projects, network and community building within and beyond SPEAR, and formulation of practicable policy recommendations. SPEAR is directly linked to the Vice-Chancellor and the Executive Board and will feed into and complement other strategic initiatives for GET.
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Denmark
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Vilnius University

Brief description:
Vilnius University is the oldest and largest Lithuanian higher education institution, with over 430 years of academic traditions and the widest range of study programmes in Lithuania. Since its establishment in the 16th century, Vilnius University, as integral part of European science and culture, has embodied the concept ­ of a classical university and the unity of studies and research. The mission of Vilnius University is to create, accumulate and disseminate knowledge by ensuring continuity of authentic university culture distinguished by the atmosphere where old traditions and new ideas enrich each other. Freedom of thought and diversity of opinions are the main values of the University community. A unity of research and studies is the core principle of the overall activity of the University. Vilnius University is an active participant in international scientific and academic activities and boasts many prominent scientists, professors and graduates. Scientific development and the expanding relations with global research centres have contributed to the variety of research and studies at Vilnius University. With the support of social partners, the university educates globally–minded specialists who successfully integrate in the modern European community. Vilnius University is the 1st in Lithuania according to national ranking and is among 1,5 percent top universities in the world according to the QS World University Ranking. It is the most popular and most acknowledged higher education establishment among Lithuania­an secondary school graduates.
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Lithuania
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University of Iceland

Brief description:
The University of Iceland was founded on 17 June 1911. Only 45 students, one of which was female, were enrolled during the 1911-1912 academic year; by comparison, the 2013-2014 academic year saw almost fourteen thousand students, around two thirds of which were female, studying at the University of Iceland. The University offers a variety of academic programmes on the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. University of Iceland has five academic schools, each comprised of a number of faculties. The academic schools are the School of Education, the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences, the School of Health Sciences, the School of Humanities, and the School of Social Sciences. In addition the University operates a number of research and service institutions.
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Iceland