This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 788204.

1st ACT International Synergy Conference Building Communities of Practice for gender equality in ERA: An interactive event for practitioners to #ACTonGender in HE & R&I

The ACT Consortium invites you to the project’s 1st International Synergy Conference, on 25th of February 2019, in Brussels.

By attending you will learn about ACT and how it will develop Communities of Practice (CoPs) approach to help advance gender equality in ERA, and specifically for improving careers, decision making, and integrating gender dimension in research.

We value your experience and ideas, want to learn about the support needs of your networks, and any opportunities for creating sustained impact. For this reason, a large part of the event will involve participatory activities and an open discussion in addition to a general introduction about the ACT project and contributions from invited CoP experts. The event is geared towards getting to know existing and potential members of the ACT Communities of Practice across Europe.

Please reserve the date in your calendar and invite members of your networks to this Conference.

Date and time:

25 February 2019, from 10:00 to 17:00 h



Avenue du Port 86C, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium (see map)

+32 2 420 60 69


9:30 – 10:00

Arrival & registration

10:00 – 10:10

Welcome by the Directorate General for Research and Innovation

Signe Ratso, Deputy Director-General of the DG Research & Innovation (RTD), European Commission

10:10 – 10:20

Welcome from the Coordinator
Jörg Müller, Spain

10:20 – 10:40

Brief introduction to the ACT project

María José Romano, ACT Project Manager, Spain

Key concepts, tools and activities of the ACT project

10:40 – 11:00

Communities of Practice for advancing gender equality in ERA

Rachel Palmén, Senior Researcher, Notus, Spain

Benefits and challenges of using Communities of Practice for advancing gender equality in ERA

11:00 – 12:00

Good Practice CoP Experiences: gender equality in R&I and HE

Anastasia Zabaniotou, Professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Anne Charlotte Callerstig, Researcher, Orebro University, Sweden

Karolina Kublickiene, Associated Professor, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden 

12:00 – 12:30

Open Discussion


12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 14:00

Getting involved in ACT!

Sybille Reidl, Researcher, Joanneum Research, Austria

Presentation and first insights from the community mapping survey. Introduction to the participatory session.

14:30 – 16:00

Targeting and maximising CoP Support

7 participatory consultation sessions on initial CoP setups and support scenarios. Individual sessions are moderated by 7 ACT Seed partners.

16:00 – 16:30

Reports to plenary from the group discussions

16:30 – 17:00

Conclusions and next steps


To register your interest to attend please click here

* There is limited budget available for travel and accommodation costs of those experts who have restricted access to such resources. If you need reimbursement, please, indicate this in the expression of interest form to participate as an expert.


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