GEARING-Roles project will challenge and transform gender roles and identities linked to professional careers in research

Estonian Research Council together with ten partners from eight European countries started a four-year Coordination and Support Action project GEARING-Roles from the 1st of January 2019.

The project aims at tailoring individual gender equality plans (GEP) in six partnering organisations and emphasizes activities for its ongoing implementation. The project is unique in Estonia as there are no similar gender equality plans on the Estonian research landscape, so besides the direct goals of the project with pioneering Estonian Research Council aims at encouraging followers in research institutions. Devising and implementing gender equality plans in research institutions as well as organisations that shape research policies and make funding decisions is a formal requirement to enhance real and effective equality between genders.

More specifically, the project has four sub-goals: pursuing the recognition and promotion of the research career of women; the incorporation of women in decision-making positions; strengthening gender dimension in research programs and methologies; promotion of a culture of equality organisations.  Since many of the planned project activities intend to have direct impact on the careers of researchers, Estonian Research Council also needs to work closely with the research community and has found positive feedback for cooperation from four Estonian public universities: University of Tartu, Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech), Tallinn Universtiy and Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. This multi-disciplinary, multi-national, and multi-sectorial collaboration will be supported by training in this space, mentoring activities, awareness raising campaigns as well as bi-annual videos and podcasts and annual networking events.

Contact at Estonian Research Counicil: Kadri Raudvere,

More information about the project and future news on Estoinian Reserach Council webpage: GEARING-Roles

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme, under grant agreement no. 824536.