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LIBRA workshop at Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2016

13 Sep 2016

Link to the Vitae Conference website.

The slides are published here.

Workshop overview: 

The H2020-funded collaborative project LIBRA (, comprising 13 research centres (from 13 different European countries) and a gender expert organisation, promotes gender equality in research. Based on initial assessments, LIBRA partner institutions have developed tailored Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) to address gender gaps in leadership positions and thus, boost gender equality through all stages of the scientific career. 

Here, we will share our comprehensive tools to diagnose gender equality in research institutions by analysing gender-specific indicators, policies and procedures, as well as unconscious bias (by all genders). We will present results obtained through the assessment of LIBRA partners, how they are used to support institutional changes, as well as diverse real-life examples of institutional GEPs. 

The workshop is a mix of interactive sessions using smartphones to participate in real-time audience polling, and presentations based on our experiences and the current results of LIBRA.  

Presentations will cover:

  • LIBRA’s staff perception on the work-life balance, career development, and sex/gender dimension of research: Data from research institutes across Europe, including the UK
  • Analysis of Implicit Bias of staff at LIBRA partner institutes.  
  • Data on LIBRA partner assessment reports. What are the main challenges in different countries? 
  • Gender Equality Plan development strategies. Concrete examples from LIBRA partners and specifically from the UK partner, The Babraham Institute

Conference themes covered:

  • Developing a pipeline of research talent, including widening participation, strategies to attract and retain research talent, and approaches to mainstreaming equality and diversity for researchers in the research environment

Workshop outcomes: 

The workshop will enable participants to:

  • learn about LIBRA results analysing Gender Equality in 10 research institutes in 10 different countries
  • learn about strategies and tools how to assess gender inequality in their institutions
  • chose from an inventory of activities to improve gender balance and equality at their institution
  • tailor a Gender Equality Plan (GEP) for their institution, based on a provided template
  • identify potential pitfalls when developing and implementing a GEP
  • contribute to a workshop proceeding publication presenting case studies and success stories. 


Information, interaction and discussion. Participants should also be prepared to share examples of how they perceive gender imbalance in their institution and discuss the on-going actions to improve it and which are still missing.


The Midland Hotel
M60 2DS
United Kingdom
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