On 16-17 February director of the Institute of Economics of the Latvian Academy of Sciences Dr. Nina Linde have taken part in the online workshop of the H2020 project Certification-Award Systems to Promote Gender Equality in Research (CASPER), where she acts like an external expert/consultant. She actively participated and collaborated with other experts during the co-creation workshop with stakeholders within the framework of the project.
The task of the February workshop was to discuss three basic scenario directions for development of GECAS (Gender Equality Certification Award Scheme): 1) to modify existing EU-level CAS and include gender equality aspect (e.g. HRS4R); 2) to expand/modify an existing national level GECAS to become an EU-level GECAS; 3) to develop a new EU-level GECAS from scratch.
All experts agreed that the award for companies should be based on achievements in the field of gender equality, mainstreaming into 4 structural components: 1) management system (leadership and decision-making); 2) environment and infrastructure of organization; 3) teaching staff; 4) students and young researchers.
About the project:
The CASPER project will examine the feasibility of establishing a European award/certification system for gender equality for Research Performing Organizations. Based upon an extensive assessment of available systems and needs across Europe and beyond, it will be developed and evaluated three possible scenarios that pave the ground for a realistic EU wide award/certification framework. Overall, Project pursues three objectives:
- To map and assess existing award and certification systems for gender equality (and related schemes) and to identify existing needs for such a system on the European level
- Design three different award/certification scenarios and assess the feasibility of these scenarios plus a fourth no-action scenario along several dimensions.
- Prepare the ground for a successful roll-out of a European award/certification scheme
The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 872113.