Through activities focused on gender equality, we at the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic strive to remove barriers that restrict the assertion of human talent and abilities in the field of research, development and innovation. At the same time, our goal is to support research projects that – in addition to economic or environmental impacts – also ask themselves questions about their social relevance. We strive to ensure that publicly funded research and innovation also address the issues of diversity, inclusion or social justice of research impacts, thus having a positive impact on society as a whole – men, women or other groups. Through our activities in these areas, we join leading European agencies and participate in harmonizing the conditions for providing support in the European Research Area.
HOW DO WE PROMOTE GENDER EQUALITY?
THE PROCESS OF PROJECT PROPOSAL EVALUATION
We endeavour to eliminate unconscious biases in the evaluation process. We strive for a more balanced representation of women and men in the evaluation bodies, so that the perspectives and expertise of all relevant female and male experts are reflected in decisions on the funding of research projects.
PROMOTION OF EQUALITY WITHIN ORGANISATION
We evaluate positively those project proposals where organizations applying for funding demonstrate an advanced level of care for human capacity and gender equality. We ourselves aspire to receive the HR Excellence in Research Award for funding providers. We use the Logib tool to measure gender differences
in the remuneration of TA CR employees.
We participate in the GEECCO project (Horizon 2020), in which we focus on the mapping of possible tools of providers to support gender equality in research and the practical implementation of selected measures. Together with other European providers, we are part of the GENDER-NET PLUS ERA-NET Cofund project, in which we have announced a joint call for projects applying a gender dimension in research
and we participate in other activities
promoting gender equality.
Exhibition: Integration of gender dimension in the content of research and innovation
The exhibition highlights the importance of integrating the gender dimension into research and innovation. Using specific examples from the fields of energy, medicine, robotics, transport or information technology, it shows that taking into account the role of sex and gender in research practice leads to safer, more exploited or more market-relevant research results.
The exhibition was created by a team from the Technische Universität Wien under the GEECCO project in which TA CR takes part.
The complete exhibition can be viewed HERE.
Most of our activities for promoting gender equality have been realized thanks to the project GEECCO
(2017-2021) funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme.
For more information about the project, please see the project´s website: http://www.geecco-project.eu/home/
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 741128.