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GENOVATE International Conference, Brussels, 2-3 Nov 2016



Conference Overview

GENOVATE is an EC funded [under Science in Society SiS 2012. 2.1.1-1 programme] action research project which operates across seven European partner universities with different institutional and national contexts for gender equality. The GENOVATE project seeks to implement strategies for the transformation of organisational structures towards more gender-competent management. GENOVATE has produced an accessible body of knowledge on the actual process of implementing locally-appropriate gender equality plans in a range of academic organisations in different historical and political contexts.

Conference Theme

Towards 2020: Learning From GENOVATE’s Implementation of Organisational Change for Gender Equality in Research & Innovation

Conference Focus and Objectives

The GENOVATE International Conference will focus on GENOVATE's work to transform existing gender inequality in higher education organisational cultures, and to achieve gender competent excellence in research and innovation. The conference will address GENOVATE's achievements and challenges in applying its Gender Equality Change Academy Model, and its implementation of effective strategies and methodologies to realise sustainable gender change.

  • Explore gender equality implementation mechanisms that create and sustain social change
  • Disseminate GENOVATE tools and methodologies to monitor and evaluate Gender Equality in Gender Equality Action Plans
  • Explore approaches to addressing the intersectional dimension of gender equality identifying challenges and opportunities to developing sustainable models for gender equality in HE/policy making and implementation
  • Examine institutional top-down and bottom-up policies and strategies to support gender equality in the academia, career development, and research and innovation
  • Address cultural and structural transformation of existing organisational cultures through deeply embedded gender equality practices
  • Assess the impact of key stakeholders' involvement in gender equality initiatives in HE

Who is the conference for?

  • HE Senior leadership and academic members, research institutes across Europe and beyond.
  • Policy makers
  • European Commission representatives
  • Researchers
  • Gender Equality and Women's Rights Agencies
  • Media representatives
  • Members of other structural gender projects


  • Launch the process of change by sharing GENOVATE's findings
  • Disseminate project outputs to a wider audience
  • Create an open cross-sector and interdisciplinary space for knowledge sharing, knowledge transfer and multisector networking
  • Strengthen GENOVATE's sustainability and collaboration principles through communication and synergies with multiple stakeholders and other gender competent projects
  • Ensure gender equality sustainability in research and innovation.