NOVA University Lisbon is part of a European consortium within the scope of an H2020 project under the theme Gender Equality, Supporting and Implementing Plans for Gender Equality in Academia and Research (SPEAR).
Funded by the European Union, the project is coordinated by the University of South Denmark and joins eight European universities with the aim to develop institutional changes to increase women's participation in Research and Innovation and to improve their career prospects.
The main objectives of the study are to carry out impact assessments/audits of procedures and practices to identify gender inequalities, identify and implement innovative strategies to correct any type of discrimination, and set goals and monitor progress through indicators.
The disparity in access to leadership positions is identified as a problem by the EU, which has launched this program to promote gender equality in the Academy and Research and has awarded funding of three million euros over a period of four years.
Professor Elvira Fortunato, Vice-Rector of NOVA, leads the Portuguese team that is studying and working with the goal of promoting gender balance in the decision-making bodies of university organizations. The work is done with the German University of Aachen, that has been analyzing these indicators for a long time.