The University of Deusto is a hub of 39 research teams working at the university’s six faculties (Psychology and Education, Social Sciences and Humanities, Engineering, Law, Economic and Business Sciences, and Theology) in three different campuses: Bilbao, San Sebastian, and Madrid. Since 1987, the university has undertaken a strong internationalisation that has facilitated and multiplied its opportunities for international collaboration. This strategy is based on a strong networking with key institutions and stakeholders across Europe and beyond, and on the quality of the results and the impact of the research and educational endeavours undertaken by UDEUSTO. In the aftermath, at the present UDEUSTO participates in a broad number of research collaborative projects funded by the European Commission (FP7 and H2020, is part of a wide number of international networks, and has signed plenty of cooperation agreements with universities and research centres distributed around the globe.
The Interdisciplinary Research Platform on Gender
The Interdisciplinary Research Platform on Gender is a dynamic vehicle that teams up experts from different fields of study with the dual purpose to foster collaboration and to integrate existing expertise to address society´s emerging challenges around gender practices
- To contribute to equality and transformation in education, society, and institutions
- To improve accessibility to international research
- To increase visibility and availability of our research results to support a gender democratic transformation of society.
The Interdisciplinary Research Platform is composed of 18 researchers and researchers from 8 different research groups at 5 faculties, therefore with a strong interdisciplinary character. Since it began its work three years ago ithas made an effort to align the interests of its various research members with the international research agenda, mainly in the context of H2020.
H2020, the research program of the European Commission, in its Article 16 states that the program "ensure the effective promotion of equality between men and women and the gender dimension in research content and innovation", and placing the gender equality as a crosscutting theme in each of the different parts of the work program (Art. 14).
3 objectives underpin the Commission’s activities on gender equality:
- Fostering gender balance in Horizon 2020 research teams, in order to address the gaps in the participation of women in the Framework Programme’s projects
- Ensuring gender balance in decision-making, in order to reach the Commission’s target of 40% of the under-represented sex in panels and groups (50% for advisory Groups)
- Integrating gender/sex analysis in research and innovation (R&I) content,helps improve the scientific quality and societal relevance of the produced knowledge, technology and/or innovation
Gender dimension is explicitly integrated into various subjects through all sections of the Horizon 2020. Work programs indicate items that have an explicit gender dimension. In the application forms, applicants must describe how they will consider the analysis of sex / gender in the project content. This will be taken into account as a factor in the evaluation, like any other item referred to the scientific content that is relevant to the content of the investigation, and will be collected in the Grant Agreement.
In addition to these three main objectives, Science with and for society work programme finances specifically gender focused projects , and includes, among others, the existing call since 2010 on "Structural Change of scientific organizations". Precisely in this sector it is where the UDEUSTO gender interdisciplinary platform has focused its activity and has consolidated a network of international contacts to work on the implementation of equality plans in universities.
In addition, the platform has strengthened its presence in international forums such as the events organized by the European Commission, the Gender Summit and international conferences. This has resulted in a broadening of contacts and collaborations internationally and has resulted in the submission of research proposals H2020 with gender.
Therefore UDEUSTO commitment with gender and research is twofold:
- Promotion of structural change and the implementation of Gender Equality Plan
- Foster Interdisciplinary research projects on gendered topics/gender mainstreaming in research
On the other hand, given the interdisciplinary nature of the platform, this has been a vehicle for diffusion and dissemination of pioneering initiatives on gender issues at the University of Deusto, such as Ada Byron Award, which recognizes the work of women scientists and whose third edition was delivered in March 2016.
Finally, the platform also has an inter sectoral approach that blends partnerships with local and regional actors, such as the Basque Government, or Emakunde, as shown in the Conference: Transformative forms of parenthood held in March 2016 in Bilbao, San Sebastian and Vitoria.