Gender Equality Activities Overview


Gender equality policies foster innovation by including a diverse and often untapped talent pool, whilst promoting careers amongst women and helping to overcome stereotypes for both women and men.

In line with the European Commission's gender agenda for Horizon 2020, the HBP aims to play a pioneering role in advancing gender equality by aiming for an equal balance between male and female scientists in research teams and decision-making, as well as promoting awareness of gender equality in research and innovation. One of the main challenges will be to increase the number of women in higher-level positions and in education activities.

The HBP began its activities on gender equality in January 2017. During the SGA1 period (April 2016 to March 2018), foundations will be laid for a comprehensive and sustainable gender strategy for the entire term of the HBP.

The HBP is supported in this challenging task by EAF Berlin, an independent, non-profit organisation with 20 years’ experience in advising clients on gender equality and diversity.

The Gender equality activities planned during the SGA1 period of the project (2016-2018) include:

  • Development of a Gender Action Plan with targets and key performance indicators.
  • Contributions by the Gender task to the HBP Summit 2017 and the Student Conference 2018 through interactive sessions.
  • A career building workshop in March 2018, for which excellent female PhD and Postdocs are invited to apply, giving strategic advice on scientific career planning strategies.


The gender equality activities are coordinated by the Project Coordination Office in Geneva, Contact person: Ainhoa Echeverria, Email:

EAF Berlin: Founded as a spin-off of the Technical University of Berlin in 1996, EAF Berlin advises and supports organizations from politics, business and science in change processes for a diverse management and corporate culture. EAF Berlin combines scientific expertise with many years of practice in consulting and training, as well as experience in national and international projects. For more information, visit

The contacts for EAF Berlin are Dr Helga Lukoschat (Chairperson, Email: and Dr Katharina Schiederig (Project Leader, Email: 


Gender Equality & Diversity Conference

There is overwhelming evidence that diverse teams deliver stronger and more sustainable results in science and business. To harvest the benefits of diversity, the HBP held its first conference on this topic in March 2018.

Read more about the conference:

A call to action for everyone at HBP” - 1st Gender and Diversity Conference
How to break the glass ceiling in neuroscience?

Best practice interviews

HBP researchers and staff talk about their experience of gender equality issues and what they see as the best practices for the HBP.

"It would be very helpful to learn about the experiences of others and see how they deal with the question of work-life balance." - Anna Luhrs

"In our project management office, for example, we have a much more comfortable, flexible and regulated situation because the boss himself has children." - Ingar Seeman

Useful documents

Article in Neuron: Gender Equality from a European Perspective: Myth and Reality

Icon Salinas and Bagni_2017_Gender equality - myth and reality.pdf (836.8 KB)

HBP Gender Survey flyer:

Icon HBP gender survey_flyer.pdf (2.0 MB)

HBP Gender Equality Activities Overview:

Icon HBP_Gender_Equality_Activities_web.pdf (2.8 MB)




The Gender Advisory Committee


Christine Aicardi
Research Associate in SP12
King’s College London


Katrin Amunts
Chair of the SIB/Scientific Research Director
FZ Juelich


Karin Blumer
Ethics Advisory Board, Co-Chair


Andrew Davison
Senior Research Scientist

Chris Ebell
Directorate, Executive Director



Ainhoa Echeverria
SP11 Manager


Mira Marcus-Kalish
Deputy SP8 Leader
Tel Aviv University


Francesco Pavone
Deputy SP2 Leader
University of Florence

Katrien Van Look
SP6 Manager


Elisabeth Wintersteller
Project Manager HBP Education Programme Medical University Innsbruck


Helga Lukoschat
EAF Berlin


Katharina Schiederig
Project Leader
EAF Berlin