Diversity in Research and Management

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. See the

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 is explained and examples for research and management are in this document

For researchers we have summarised a guideline



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HBP High Potential Programme for Mentoring  


On the International Women’s Day 2019 the HBP launched a High Potential Mentoring Programme for Early Career Stage Scientists and Managers of Science, developed by the Gender Advisory Committee. 

The programme 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 emphasised 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 and managers of science. Mentors and Mentees agreed on 6-8 (virtual) meetings between April 2019 and February 2020, each no longer than an hour.

Further details are available or contact Karin Grasenick at Karin.Grasenick-at-convelop.at  

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