Report on “Strategic advice for enhancing the gender dimension of Open Science and Innovation Policy (PDF)
mdelhaye's bookmarks 2018-12-27
The present report, prepared within the framework of H2020 GENDERACTION project, explores the possible intersections between gender and OS/OI, and should be considered as a starting point for stakeholders to reflect on how the two ERA priorities may create reinforcing synergies. The report also underscores the need for further studies and analyses. GENDERACTION (GENDer equality in the ERA Community To Innovate policy implementation) is a Horizon 2020 (H2020) project aimed at creating an innovative policy community for the implementation of Priority 4 gender equality and gender mainstreaming in the European Research Area (ERA), by setting up a network of national representatives from EU Member States and Associated Countries to foster policy coordination, best practice exchange and mutual learning. Among its tasks is to provide strategic policy advice on gender in Open Science and Open Innovation (OS/OI) to stakeholders at European and member state level. Focusing on selected key aspects of OS/OI policies and practices, the report reveals that most analyses and policy documents related to OS/OI adopt a gender blind approach, with such an approach being more pronounced in the case of OS policies and practices than in the case of OI. This gender blind approach is not surprising given that while OS and gender are ERA priorities and key topics within H2020, they are treated as independent topics with no links between them sought either in the ERA Progress reports or within Horizon 2020. The report argues that the consideration of gender issues in the development of OS/OI policies could have a positive impact on the promotion of gender equality goals and elimination of gender biases.