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Technologies and research competition. What does this have to do with gender equality?

A discussion on the hit examples of the H2020 PLOTINA project and the WITEC network.

Mar 08, 2016 from 06:00 PM

Where Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici, via Marsala 26, Bologna (first floor)

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With Professors
Alessandra Bonoli, Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental, and Materials Engineering (DICAM), Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna
Elena Luppi, Department of Education Sciences “Giovanni Maria Bertin” (EDU), Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna
Tullia Gallina Toschi, Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences (DISTAL), Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, Cesena


PLOTINA (Promoting Gender Balance and Inclusion in Research, Innovation and Training GA 666008) is an H2020 project (2016-2020) with the following central objectives: creating tools to promote the career-development of researchers, especially of women, so that talent does not go to waste; correcting gender inequalities in decision-making processes; and integrating gender/sex variables in programs and research contents to foster excellence.

The project, coordinated by the University of Bologna (Tullia Gallina Toschi, President of CUG - Guarantee Committee for Equal Opportunities), is focused on the careers of women researchers and gender equality.

The overall objective of PLOTINA is to enable the development, implementation and assessment of individually tailored Gender Equality Plans (GEPs), with innovative and sustainable strategies for the Research Performing Organizations (RPOs) involved.
The project aims to involve all the players within the academic community, from governing bodies (Rector, Academic Senate and Board of Directors) to Department and Centre Heads and School Deans, and from professors and administrative staff to PhD students and researchers. Students will be the indirect stakeholders of the project activities and results.
The tools developed by PLOTINA will be available on an open-source project platform. Other Research Organizations and Higher Education Institutions will thus also be able to freely use the project outcomes.

Strongly aligned with a European Research Area (ERA) objectives on gender equality, PLOTINA will contribute to increase the number of female researcher and promote their careers, thus increasing productivity. PLOTINA will also integrate of the gender dimension into the design, evaluation and implementation of research, to enhance its quality and relevance and foster excellence and the social value of innovations.


WiTEC (Women in Science Engineering and Technology) was formed as a network in 1988 and after more than ten years of networking and project activities, related to women and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), it established itself as a non-profit European association in May 2001. WITEC promotes and organizes projects and activities to support Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET).

The University of Bologna is Italian representative in WITEC since its beginning; the association has the following aims at European level:

  • To increase the number of girls and women studying SET subjects and to help them progress into related careers.
  • To develop women's technical and entrepreneurial skills through training initiatives and projects.
  • To create information exchanges and networking opportunities for women in SET.
  • To promote and support research in areas relating to women in SET.
  • To support initiatives to promote the Gender Mainstreaming Policy.
  • To promote regional, national and international awareness and interest in this field.

WiTEC is member of PLOTINA’s Advisory Board and will support the project, during its lifetime and, possibly, in the following, providing scientific supervision and networking activities for dissemination.