ORGANISATION

Gender Equality Committee

About

Description

Gender is a cross-cutting issue and is mainstreamed in all European and national projects, ensuring a more integrated approach to research and innovation. The objectives of the Gender Equality Committee are based on the strategy on gender equality of Horizon 2020:

  • Fostering gender balance in research teams, in order to close the gaps in the participation of women.
  • Ensuring gender balance in decision-making, in order to reach the target of 40% of the under-represented sex in panels and groups and of 50% in advisory groups.
  • Integrating the gender dimension in research and innovation (R&I) content, helps improve the scientific quality and societal relevance of the produced knowledge, technology and/or innovation.

The Gender Equality Committee created within the Severo Ochoa project has the goal of recognizing and strengthening equal opportunities within the Institute.

It organizes  workshops and activities to raise awareness, and has sponsored the creation of a mailbox that anyone studying or working at ICMAB can use (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), with the aim of making anyone feel safe and protected in front of physical or psychological situations of harassment that are gender related.

In 2019 the objective of the Gender Equality Committee is to create a Gender Equality Plan for the Institute and to make gender-related resources accessible to all the staff.

Members

From left to right: Pietat Sierra (Administration), Susagna Ricart (RL2), Anna May Masnou (Communication & Outreach), Riccardo Rurali (RL1), Carlos Frontera (RL3), Esther Barrena (RL4), Ángel Pérez (RL1), Marta Vendrell (Administration), Anna Crespi (Scientific & Technical Services), Núria Aliaga (RL4) (not in the picture), Amanda Muñoz  (PhD) (not in the picture)

  • Riccardo Rurali (RL1, Deputy Director)
  • Ángel Pérez (RL1)
  • Susagna Ricart (RL2)
  • Carlos Frontera (RL3)
  • Núria Aliaga (RL4)
  • Esther Barrena (RL4)
  • Anna Crespi (Technical Services)
  • Amanda Muñoz (PhD researcher)
  • Pietat Sierra (Administration)
  • Marta Vendrell (Administration)
  • Anna May Masnou (Communication & Outreach)

CSIC Resources

Ethics in Research

External Resources

She Figures - European Comission

 Books and Handbooks

Articles

Videos

Articles in the ICMAB website

Bias in recruitment

In the hiring process, unconscious bias happens when you form an opinion about candidates based solely on first impressions. Or, when you prefer one candidate over another simply because the first one seems like someone you’d easily hang out with outside of work. Even in the early hiring stages, a candidate’s resume picture, their name, or their hometown could influence your opinion more than you think. In short, unconscious bias influences your decision – whether positively or negatively – using criteria irrelevant to the job.

Understanding Unconscious Bias

This animation, by the Royal Society, introduces the key concepts of unconscious bias. It forms part of the Royal Society’s efforts to ensure that all those who serve on Royal Society selection and appointment panels are aware of differences in how candidates may present themselves, how to recognise bias in yourself and others, how to recognise inappropriate advocacy or unreasoned judgement. You can find out more about unconscious bias and download a briefing which includes current academic research at www.royalsociety.org/diversity.

SOMM Alliance

FIRST GENDER EQUALITY EVENT

On 29 October 2019, representatives of the SOMMa Centres discussed at CNIO (Spanish National Cancer Research Center) in Madrid, the network's best practices in gender equality, to implement a change of culture that allows gender equality to be integrated into strategic science decisions. From the ICMAB, Riccardo Rurali, ICMAB Deputy Director and Coordinator of the Gender Equality Committe at the ICMAB, attended the event.

Invited speaker Cheryl Smythe, gender equality expert from the Babraham Institute, talked about the gender policies implemented by her centre to obtain the Athena SWAN Charter, a UK recognition to best practices for gender equality, and a prospective model for similar future European initiatives. You can download her presentation here. 

You can see the whole event in this video: 

BIAS in publishing

A study by the Royal Society of Chemistry reveals gender biases in publishing. You can find here the report and additional material to download, read and share:

"Biases exist at each step of the publishing profile. Many of these appear minor in isolation, yet their combined effect puts women at a significant disadvantage"
"Only by recognising the biases introduced at decision points by authors, reviewers, editors and publishers, can we act to reduce them"

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