Leading and Innovative Measures to achieve gender balance in Research Activities

LIBRA is an EC funded project which brings together ten research institutes in life sciences from ten European countries to address gender inequalities. These partners are also members of the EU-LIFE alliance which aims to build and promote excellence in the life sciences throughout Europe. Their commitment to excellence is also a commitment to gender equality.

Together with the support of an expert organisation on gender, the LIBRA partner institutes carry out ongoing assessment of their policies and procedures to identify gender biases and obstacles. This process has led to the design and implementation of ten harmonised and institute-tailored Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) which aim to bring about sustainable change by removing institutional barriers thereby enabling all researchers to realise their potential irrespective of gender.

Specifically the GEPs address four main areas of intervention:

Recruitment policies and procedures
Career development and training
Work-life balance
Sex and gender dimension of research

While many might be familiar with the first three, the latter is an important extension of other gender equality projects; it addresses the fact that sex and gender are two potentially critical factors in experimental design yet are often overlooked.

Babraham Institute is involved in all areas of the project and leads on the efforts to improve work-life integration.  

LIBRA is a Coordination & Support Action project of the European Commission’s framework programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020