We address issues related to gender, diversity and equal opportunities across the Human Brain Project. 

Gender mainstreaming and diversity management are cross cutting issues that are relevant to achieving objectives in all work packages. We are responsible for fostering equal opportunities in the HBP community, for example through activities and measures related to leadership culture and career development. And we contribute to the integration of diversity dimensions in Human Brain Project research. 

Diversity and gender equality policies foster innovation by including a diverse and often untapped talent pool, whilst balancing task distributions and career opportunities, helping to overcome stereotypes for all genders regardless of educational background or role in the project. Our vision to Work for and Engage in Activities and Research for Equality in the HBP, or WE ARE HBP, includes both governance structures and activities that aims to foster responsible research and innovation and the HBP and EBRAINS.  

The Human Brain Project will demonstrate how equality can be fostered by a network of outstanding researchers. It will serve as a good practice example for European funded projects characterised by complexity and spatial remoteness of involved partners. The WE ARE HBP vision puts diversity in focus, driven by the appreciation that equal opportunities across different cultures, disciplines, tasks, and sexes contribute to excellence, innovation, and collaboration. 

Gender & Diversity in HBP

Fostering innovation & overcoming stereotypes. 

Diversity & Equal opportunities in the HBP

Our vision to Work for and Engage in Activities and Research for Equality in the HBP (WE ARE HBP) incudes both governance structures and activities that aims to foster responsible research and innovation and the HBP and EBRAINS.



Diversity in Research

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.

 



Diversity in Research Paper Awards (DIRPA)

The DIRPA call of the Human Brain Project invited applications for the Best Diversity in Research Papers, i.e. publications that considered diversity traits such as sex, gender, age, ethnicity, etc. in their specific field of research. Differentiating variables has been recognised to be relevant in brain research, robotics, and AI alike – from the level of stem cells to the reflected usage of data in order to avoid the replication of stereotypes.

You can find all information on the DIRPA in this document.

Considering sex/gender has become a requirement by default for the Horizon Europe programme. Examples are outlined in the second “Gendered Innovations” policy report (see also the DIRPA Website).



Key contact

Karin Grasenick

Karin Grasenick
CONVELOP - cooperative knowledge design GmbH
Gender and diversity, Task Lead, DEOC Coordinator
karin.grasenick[at]convelop.at

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The Human Brain Project will have an impact on both science and society.

We promote RRI practices within the HBP, and help to shape the direction of its research in ethically sound ways that serve the public interest. 

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