First COST Connect on Advancing Gender Equality

On 29 April 2021, the first European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Connect was held to contribute to the ongoing debate on the topic of advancing gender equality and to offer a platform for participants to discuss and network. The event brought together a wide range of ambassadors of gender equality, including researchers, innovators from COST Actions, and European Union policy stakeholders.

As a core value of the European Union, gender equality is a key principle to strive for in European research and innovation. In order to take scientific excellence to the next level and deliver science-based solutions to the many urgent and pressing global challenges, it is essential to fully tap into the European talent pool of researchers and innovators. This necessitates an inclusive approach to the talent pool and a concerted effort to close the gender gap and ensure that women can develop their talents fully. While significant progress has been made over the last decades, we are still a long way from achieving full gender equality. The COST Connect event centred around the challenges of getting more women to participate in research and innovation, particularly in leadership positions, and advancing gender mainstreaming in research and innovation organisations.

Participants specifically discussed the structural barriers that prevent women from pursuing a career in research and innovation; the gaps in policy approaches that are currently in place; what can be done to make research careers more attractive to female researchers; and what can be done to better support female researchers in their career progression. Some key points of discussions included the importance of providing access to childcare facilities; ensuring effective work-life balance policies for women and men; and removing (unconscious) gender bias and gender stereotypes.

More information on the event and useful resources on the gender equality:

1 minute reading time | Uncategorized

W4RES, the EU-funded project which aims at empowering women in the Renewable Heating and Cooling sector, is supporting more than 50 women-led projects in 10 countries. Read the full press release here.

3 minutes reading time | Uncategorized

On 18th January 2023, Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF) presented the first webinar of the new webinar series for capacity building on gender mainstreaming and women empowerment in the renewable heating and cooling sector (RHC). The exploding energy prices and their impact led us to talk about this topic in the webinar. Hence, […]

8 minutes reading time | Uncategorized

PEDAL Consulting, in collaboration with the Friends of the Earth-CEPA, Bankwatch Network and its RegENERate project, organised another workshop from the W4RES initiative series. This time experts met in Bratislava, on 16 and 17 January 2023 and focused on fostering cross-regional mutual learning; facilitation of international cooperation as well as the exchange of good practices between […]

1 minute reading time | Uncategorized

The European University Institute (EUI) in Florence has launched “Lights on women“, a new database of women experts in the energy, climate and sustainability sectors. The Energybase is a multi-side, matchmaking platform where the demand for diverse talent meets supply. Two user types (talents and searchers) will be matched through the database and will be […]

2 minutes reading time | Uncategorized

We are back! W4RES continues its webinar series on gender mainstreaming, women empowerment and leadership in the renewable heating and cooling (RHC) sector.  Join us on 18 January at 10 am CET for round 2!

1 minute reading time | Uncategorized

The EUSEW Woman in Energy Award recognises women who lead outstanding activities that, if replicated, help to advance the clean energy transition in Europe. Particular attention is placed on efforts to drive the gender mainstreaming agenda and support equality and equal opportunities in the energy sector. The EUSEW Woman in Energy Award highlights outstanding activities, projects or […]