Dr. Dorit Avni was only one of the MIGAL’s female researchers who participated in the Researchers Course “Champions” for the advancement of women researchers. A course that MIGAL, Galilee Research Institute (MIGAL) a regional mega-R&D centre supported by Israel’s Ministry of Science and Technology, launched in 2019 for improving gender equality in research, thanks to the Gender Equality Plan developed in the framework of the R&I Peers project. The course had the objective to promote women’s participation in international and competitive research projects, in leading scientific journals, and participate in economic and research decision-making. The course tacked aspects like, empowering self-confidence, improving presentation capabilities and the ability to write competitive research proposal.
As a result, Dr. Dorit Avni,the group leader of MIGAL’s Bioactive Metabolites and Immune Modulation Laboratory, initiated, led and coordinated ALGEA4IBD, a project, that has been now awarded the prestigious European Union HORIZON 2020 R&D grant in the amount of EUR 7.5 million.
Shai-Lee Spigelman, Science and
Technology Ministry Director-General complimented her and her team by saying
“This award is an impressive achievement that few achieve, with
international recognition confirming the importance of this innovative project
aimed at transforming algae into sorely needed treatments for inflammatory
The first Doctoral seminar dedicated to the presentation of the European project “R&I PEERS – Piloting Experiences for Improving Gender Equality in Research Organisations” will take place at the University of Salerno, on Friday 28 June 2019 at 10,30 am. The event, focused on gender issue in research, is organised by OGEPO-UniSa (Interdepartmental Observatory for the Gender studies and Equal Opportunities). It represents one of the activities envisaged within the Gender Equality Plan of the UniSa, approved in the framework of the R&I PEERS. At the heart of the debate there will be some key current issues concerning “Women and Science” such as university career paths, the European research area and equal opportunities policies. The seminar will include speeches of Maria Rosaria Pelizzari, Director of the OGEPO and Coordinator of the R&I PEERS project; Loredana Incarnato, Responsible for the STEM area of the R&I PEERS project; Federica Di Sarcina, R&I PEERS research fellow and expert on European gender equality policy and Annalisa Apicella, Vice-Coordinator of ADI Salerno.The event is supported by ADI Salerno, the Italian Association of PhD candidates and PhDs.
At the second progress meeting for the R&I PEERS project, held in Athens on 4 April 2019, consortium members organised a workshop on “how to integrate the gender dimension into research content.” The aim of this training was to provide consortium partners with knowledge on how to integrate the gender perspective in research in a way that does not deal with the topic of “gender” as a specific research objective.
The aim of the Toolkit itself is to help researchers and teaching staff understand the relevance of gender to scientific inquiry by addressing questions to their past and future research/teaching trajectories. Using the Toolkit, then, the focus of the workshop was to:
Raise awareness about the value of integrating the gender dimension in research;
Examine how the gender perspective could lead open new opportunities research inquiry; and
Promote more socially responsible and sensitive scientific inquiry.
Starting from the premise that there are no ready-made solutions, the workshop participants were asked to describe a project that does not have gender component so the group could practice gender-sensitive approach from scratch. In this way, the workshop was structured as a thought exercise in which the convenor facilitated discussions on how a gender-sensitive approach could be applied on concrete project questions, methodologies, and results.
Workshop participants were evenly divided between those familiar with gender studies concepts and those from disciplines where exposure to such concepts is rare. This encouraged lively debate where, through exchange of knowledge between the groups, a notable achievement was an increase in understanding around the concepts of ‘gender’ and ‘intersectionality’.