FBK and the University of Trento promot gender equality in the research environment.

The Bruno Kessler Foundation and the University of Trento present the results of the study about gender equality in research an academic contexts, on the 7th and the 8th November in Brussels, at the final conference of the projects Festa and Garcia.

The research environment is commonly considered a context in which, more than in others, meritocracy criteria prevail against the others. Those criteria, stiffly applicated, should lead to neutral decisions from the point of view of gender and career progressions. Studies and collected data show that the situation in academic and research environment is not so simple. In particular, female attendance in research work context is not enough. The female presence decreases with growing of academic or research careers.

The University of Trento and FBK are engaged in two different european pojects about study and trasformations inside working environment in academic and research contexts. The common target is to study academic and research organizations and to enhance their internal dynamics with regard to careers and gender rappresentation. The objective is to create pratical tools to develop the core skills of researchers and enhance the full recognition of their role, encouraging women researchers to get more involved in research, in particolar in the initial phase of their career.


The University of Trento, with the others international partners University of Iceland, University of Louvain (Belgium), Radboud University (Holland), ZRC-SASU Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Arts (Slovenia), University of Lausanne (Switzerland) e Joanneum Research (Austria), is implementing Garcia project. The project runs for three years and started in 2014. The focus of the project is to obtain more effective gender equality in academic career, both in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), and in SSH (Social Sciences and Humanities). The coordinator Barbara Poggi, professor of sociology of economics and labor processes, will present in Brussels the results of the project, namely organizational schemes to apply in the decision-making processes in the research and academic bodies and evaluation criteria of excellence for recruitment practices.


Bruno Kessler Foundation has been involved in the FESTA project since february 2012, within a consortium coordinated by professor Minna Salminen Karlsson, of the Research Center of Uppsala (Sweden). The other International partners comes from Bulgaria, Turkey, Ireland, Germany and Denmark. The work made by Bruno Kessler Foundation has been focused on understanding gender-factor partecipation on decisional processes, from recruitment to career progresses. The objective of FESTA project is to create tools and manuals and to sensibilize people with seminar and training events.


The final event will be held on 7th and 8th November 2016 in Brussels. During the conference all involved stakeholders will meet present the results of their research. Results of reserch in gender discriminations and job insecurity in academic contexts will be explain by Rossella Bozzon.

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