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16 June 2021

The Third Arqus Rectors’ Council Meeting Was Chaired by VU Rector Rimvydas Petrauskas

Following the last meeting in November 2020, the rectors of the seven Arqus universities have come together once again in an on-line meeting to take stock of the first period...

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9 June 2021

Record-High VU Position: University Makes it to the Top 400 World Universities

In the latest QS World University Rankings 2022, Vilnius University (VU) took a record high position and for the first time, ranked 400th in this ranking. This is also the highest...

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7 June 2021

VU Will Contribute to the Development of a Regional Life Sciences Strategy in the A4L_ACTIONS Project

The kick-off conference of the H2020 project A4L_ACTIONS, connecting twelve members from the strategic partnership called Alliance4Life, took place on 25 May. This event opened the continuation of the previously...

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31 May 2021

Partnership Institute employee Selection based on the Highest Standards and the Application of best Practices

The Partnership Institute of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), which will focus on developing gene editing technologies, will soon start operating at the Life Sciences Centre of Vilnius University...

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27 May 2021

Stress Beneficial in all Situations Requiring Prompt and Effective Action – VU Psychologist

The pace of life and the environment we live in in this day age make it nearly impossible to live completely stress-free. However, Vilnius University (VU) psychologist Inga Truskauskaitė-Kunevičienė points...

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26 May 2021

Showing the Human Face Behind Academic Titles: Portraits of VU Lecturers by Morozovas

This May, Vilnius University (VU) presented an artistic project in the form of a portrait gallery of its lecturers, featuring works by the documentary Artūras Morozovas in close cooperation with...

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SPEAR – Supporting and Implementing Plans for Gender Equality in Academia and Research

NK 00981SPEAR (Supporting and Implementing Plans for gender Equality in Academia and Research) is a Coordination and Support Action project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Science with and for Society (SwafS) programme. Despite numerous EU-wide projects aimed at improving gender equality (GE) in academia, challenges persist, and GE practitioners and change agents experience fatigue and lack of support structures. SPEAR will initiate institutional change in nine European research performing organizations (RPOs) by implementing gender equality plans.

With a total budget of €3 million, SPEAR is coordinated by Eva Sophia Myers and Liv Baisner (University of Southern Denmark) as principal investigator. The project involves 11 partners from 9 European countries and runs for 4 years, from January 2019 till December 2022. The project will launch in Odense, Denmark on January 23rd, 2019.

SPEAR will focus on supporting implementation of gender equality plans (GEPs) in European universities in accordance with the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)’s toolkit GEAR.

The project will establish communities of learning where supporting partners facilitate sessions as all project partners start to identify both shared and different needs for action in the various institutions. In tandem, SPEAR also establishes communities of practice where focus is on sharing practical experiences and transforming learning points into action and practice as the institutions start their GEP work.

SPEAR thus offers supportive structures through its interconnected Community of Learning (CoL) and Community of Practice (CoP). CoL will provide learning platforms while CoP provides an arena for experience exchanges. Both are crucial to successful and sustainable implementation of gender equality plans (GEPs), a key instrument to improving GE.

SPEAR’s central objective is to support and implement GEPs based on a step-by-step guide to GEP implementation devised by the European Institute for Gender Equality. SPEAR employs this guide with a unique methodological path committed to creative, open, mitigating, processual, accountable, SMART, and sustainable changes (SPEAR’s COMPASS).

Integral to SPEAR’s project design is an enhanced impartial evaluation scheme to boost the feedback and learning of participants throughout the project. SPEAR also employs strategic dissemination to boost its central sustainability commitment during and after SPEAR.

SPEAR aims to foster sustainability in GE-practices in academia through a range of measures and outcomes, including ties to other EU-based GE projects, network and community building within and beyond SPEAR, and formulation of practicable policy recommendations.

Expected impacts include:

  • Increased numbers of RPOs and HEIs implementing gender equality plans
  • Increased participation of women in R&I and improvement of their careers prospects
  • Improved gender balance in decision-making bodies in research organizations
  • Strengthened gender dimension in research content

The SPEAR consortium comprises 11 partners from 9 European countries: University of Southern Denmark (Denmark), Uppsala University (Sweden), RWTH Aachen University (Germany), Europa Media Non-profit Ltd. (Hungary), Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (Austria), South-West University (Bulgaria), University of Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Vilnius University (Lithuania), Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania), Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal) and University of Rijeka (Croatia). An advisory group representing key GE-stakeholders is affiliated.

 

This press release reflects only the author’s view; the Research Executive Agency (REA) and the European Commission are not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains. 

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SPEAR has received funding from the European Commission under H2020-SWAFS-2018-2020 under the grant agreement No. 824544.

 

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