Gender and other diversity aspects are not only important for teamwork but can also be essential elements in scientific research projects leading to additional insights and knowledge or far-reaching results. In line with the European Commission's RRI guidelines and the gender agenda for Horizon 2020, the HBP aims to play a pioneering role in promoting awareness and advancing gender equality in research teams and decision-making, as well as in research content and innovation.
The HBP supports researchers, especially scientists at an early career stage (Master, PhD, Post-Doc) who integrate new variables and methodological approaches accordingly sex, gender, age, specific diseases etc.). Differentiating variables has been recognised to be relevant in brain research, robotics, and AI alike - from the level of stem cells to avoiding the replication of stereotypes due to the use of data without reflection.
Additionally, managers of sciences are encouraged to contribute their observations and suggestions on how to enhance equal opportunities within teams and the overall HBP.
The most outstanding and promising ideas and concepts will gain substantial feedback from peers, be presented at the HBP Summit to a large scientific audience and representatives of the European Commission. Registration and travel expenses of award winners will be covered.
Terminology and examples for research and management are explained in this document .
The members of the Science and Infrastructure Board (SIB) endorsed the letter and the attachments, which comprise a vision, the mission to follow the cascade model and a checklist ( link ).
The initial figures are derived at the level of PhD students and Postdocs, based on ratios from sources like the European SHE FIGURES and/or organisations considered as best practice for each Work Package or Task. If there is a significant difference, the responsible leaders will check closely to try to find the reason. If the reason is discrimination, the HBP will endeavour by all means to fix that.
For HBP leaders we have summarised a short HBP Leadership Checklist as well as the HBP Recruiting Guidelines for HBP Leaders . The Leaders' Commitment to Equal Opportunities and Inclusiveness is waiting for you to be signed!
Due to its enormous success, the HBP High Potential Mentoring Programme is now carried out for the second time, after it was originally launched on International Women's Day 2019. It was developed by the Diversity and Equal Opportunities Committee (former Gender Advisory Committee) and is designed for early career stage scientists, researchers and managers of science.
The programme embraces diversity and inclusiveness as it supports both women and men with the aim of improving the gender balance in all disciplines, contributing to the success of the HBP. This includes both scientific work and science management activities, as both are essential elements in a large project like the HBP. The programme design reflects feedback received during the career planning workshops held at the Student Conference in Ghent, Belgium 2019. Held in gender mixed as well as homogeneous discussion groups, participants emphasized the importance of understanding each other in order to overcome gender biases and to share responsibilities and collaborate fairly as a team.
Mentoring in the HBP is designed as “High Potential Programme” to provide interdisciplinary, cross-organisational support for early career stage scientists, researchers and managers of science. Mentors and Mentees agree on 6-8 (virtual) meetings between August 2020 and May 2021, each no longer than an hour. Voluntary virtual focus groups are offered for mentors and mentees can participate in the Peer Group Mentoring. Additionally, all mentorships are supported by guiding documents (see below).
For further info on mentoring, read the blog post on the HBP High Potential Mentoring Programme.
Registration is currently closed. Registration for the next round of the HBP High Potential Mentoring Programme will open in September 2021.
You might also contact Karin Grasenick (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Julia Trattnig (email@example.com) directly.
Please find a portfolio of all the Mentoring Process Materials here .