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LIBRA workshop on the Vitae Career Development Conference 2016

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LIBRA - Boosting gender equality in research

  1. 1. 09/13/2016 LIBRA @ VITAE Conference 2016 1 LIBRA - Boosting gender equality in research Sonja Reiland, Natalia Dave Coll @CRG Barcelona Laura Norton @The Babraham Institute, Cambridge This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 665937. Follow us: http://www.eu-libra.eu/ Twitter: @libra_science
  2. 2. 09/13/2016 LIBRA @ VITAE Conference 2016 2 Data All data presented at the conference were deleted in this version. Once the whole consortium agreed on the dissemination of those data, they will be made available on our website. Thanks for understanding.
  3. 3. 09/13/2016 LIBRA @ VITAE Conference 2016 3 LIBRA & EU-life Gender Expert organisation Areas of intervention • Recruit without Gender Bias • Support Career Development • Increase Work-Life Balance • Integrate Sex & Gender Dimension in Research How 1. Assess Gender Equalities 2. Tailor Gender Equality Plans 3. Implementation 4. Sustainability Horizon 2020, Science with and for Society Work Programme, call for “Promoting Gender Equality in Research and Innovation”.
  4. 4. 09/13/2016 LIBRA @ VITAE Conference 2016 4 LIBRA - assessment Institutional data assessment Implicit Association Test Staff survey Diagnostic Report (not public) Staff bias Staff perception Career Dev. WLB Sex/Gender dimension in research
  5. 5. 09/13/2016 LIBRA @ VITAE Conference 2016 5 Implicit Association Test Analysis how quickly and accurately you were able to categorize… Gender-Science Task Gender-Career Task … Natural science words with male compared to female AND Liberal arts words with female compared to male …. Career words with male compared to female AND Family words with female compared to male Are you gender biased? To the test… www.eu-libra.eu
  6. 6. 09/13/2016 LIBRA @ VITAE Conference 2016 6 Science Men Women Implicit Association Test Career Men Women All participants
  7. 7. 09/13/2016 LIBRA @ VITAE Conference 2016 7 Staff Survey
  8. 8. 09/13/2016 LIBRA @ VITAE Conference 2016 8 Staff Survey - Career Development 1. Where do you see yourself working after your current position? 2. Based on your experience, what do you think makes a career in academia attractive? 3. Based on your experience, what do you think makes a career in academia challenging? 4. If you were to consider leaving academia, what might encourage you to remain? 5. What do you think is the one initiative that would enable a more equal gender representation in science? 6. Please answer the following statements on a scale of strongly agree to strongly disagree (see next slides) 7. Do you feel encouraged to pursue a career in academic research - if yes by whom?
  9. 9. 09/13/2016 LIBRA @ VITAE Conference 2016 9 Sex and Gender dimension in Research Sex is a biological variant. This is often overlooked, resulting in the result of data that either has no been segregated for sex, or is representative of only one sex. This hinders the usefulness of data.
  10. 10. 09/13/2016 LIBRA @ VITAE Conference 2016 10 Staff Survey - Work Life Balance
  11. 11. 09/13/2016 LIBRA @ VITAE Conference 2016 11 LIBRA Survey- Work and Personal Life Integration
  12. 12. 09/13/2016 LIBRA @ VITAE Conference 2016 12 LIBRA Survey- Work and Personal Life Integration
  13. 13. 09/13/2016 LIBRA @ VITAE Conference 2016 13 WLB case study
  14. 14. 09/13/2016 LIBRA @ VITAE Conference 2016 14 Methods for assessing WLB at Babraham Institute • Civil service survey • Athena SWAN staff consultations • LIBRA staff survey • Uptake of facilities and policies • 6 monthly analysis of data • Committees (e.g. Post Doc committee, graduate committee, Athena SWAN committee)
  15. 15. 09/13/2016 LIBRA @ VITAE Conference 2016 15 LIBRA Data - Work and Personal Life Integration In groups discuss what actions you could take forward to improve WLB after looking at this data.
  16. 16. 09/13/2016 LIBRA @ VITAE Conference 2016 16 Awareness: • Blog, internet, social media • Poster Campaigns • Role models • My life in Science seminar series • All GLs including a my life in science aspect to seminars • Working with schools, nurseries, public engagement • Sharing good practice Policies, Entitlements • Reducing hours/increasing hours • Flexible working policy • Job sharing • Parental leave policies • Return to work policies • Funding (carers, conference travel- childcare) • Meeting times (core hours) Actions- Work and Personal Life Integration Facilities: • Nursery, after school club, holiday clubs • Emergency childcare (recommendations, nanny, funding) • On site housing (subsidies, loans) • Remote access to computing facilities (support) • Food, canteen, healthy options • Sport, gym, clubs • Social clubs, bars, book clubs, • Shower facilities, • Bike sheds (travel to work loans, funding) • Shop/cash machine • Nappy changing facilities, lactation room • Allotments • Gardens
  17. 17. 09/13/2016 LIBRA @ VITAE Conference 2016 17 LIBRA – Gender Equality Plans Institutional data assessment Implicit Association Test Staff survey Diagnostic Report (not public) Staff bias Staff perception Career Dev. WLB Sex/Gender dimension in research Gender Equality Plan (GEP)
  18. 18. 09/13/2016 LIBRA @ VITAE Conference 2016 18 LIBRA – Gender Equality Plans 1. Template developed by ASDO 2. “Menu” of actions provided by WP leader 3. Actions selected by institutional GEP teams 4. Planning and implementation of actions at the institutes 1 2 3
  19. 19. 09/13/2016 LIBRA @ VITAE Conference 2016 19 LIBRA – Gender Equality Plans Menu of 84 actions categorized in 4 areas of intervention 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 Recruitment Career development Work-Life-Balance Sex/Gender dimension in research # recommended # coordinated # optional
  20. 20. 09/13/2016 LIBRA @ VITAE Conference 2016 20 LIBRA – Gender Equality Plans Area of intervention “Optional” actions frequently chosen by LIBRA partner institutes Recruitment • Information sheet/brochure about work-life benefits, dual career opportunities etc. to be included when sending out offers or handed to candidates during on‐site interviews (7) • Present statistics about gender relevant recruitment data to the Faculty of the institution (6) Career Development • Seminars for PhD students and postdocs about opportunities in non‐academic scientific sectors (7) • Participate in the mentoring program for young female PIs (6) Work-Life- Balance • Hosting “My life in science” seminars, highlighting challenges and benefits of maintaining a good WLB (4) • Providing rooms for breastfeeding/milk pumping/nappy changing (4) Sex/Gender dimension of research • Identify research groups with experience on gendered research, in the field of the institute’s research topic. Organizing visits and working seminars for researchers to learn how to integrate sex/gender dimension into their project planning (4).
  21. 21. 09/13/2016 LIBRA @ VITAE Conference 2016 21 LIBRA – Athena SWAN
  22. 22. 09/13/2016 LIBRA @ VITAE Conference 2016 22 Athena SWAN
  23. 23. 09/13/2016 LIBRA @ VITAE Conference 2016 23 LIBRA • Collaborative
  24. 24. 09/13/2016 LIBRA @ VITAE Conference 2016 24 LIBRA v Athena SWAN – Structural similarities
  25. 25. 09/13/2016 LIBRA @ VITAE Conference 2016 25 LIBRA v Athena SWAN – Structural similarities
  26. 26. 09/13/2016 LIBRA @ VITAE Conference 2016 26 LIBRA and Athena SWAN – benefits
  27. 27. 09/13/2016 LIBRA @ VITAE Conference 2016 27 Discussion 2 LIBRA achievements 1. Increased awareness 2. Assessment of where we are regarding Gender Equality 3. Engagement of directors and action plan to improve the situation for Gender Equality Challenges we still face 1. Feedback from colleagues that they are saturated with the topic “Gender” 2. Less participation of men in survey and gender related events 3. Engagement of scientists How can we address these challenges?
  28. 28. 09/13/2016 LIBRA @ VITAE Conference 2016 28 The LIBRA - Team Advisory Board
  29. 29. 09/13/2016 LIBRA @ VITAE Conference 2016 29 Thanks for your attention Sonja Reiland LIBRA project manager sonja.reiland@crg.eu Laura Norton LIBRA/Athena SWAN manager laura.norton@babraham.ac.uk Natalia Dave Coll LIBRA project manager natalia.dave@crg.eu This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 665937. Follow us: http://www.eu-libra.eu/ Twitter: @libra_science

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