The FP7 project implemented by the Centre for Social Management and Community Development
 
UAIC Project Coordinator
Doina Balahur
Prof. univ. dr. Doina BALAHUR
Professor, PhD, Department of Sociology and Social Work, CSMCD
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FP7European Commission, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY 2011-1, STAGES, Structural Transformation to Achieve Gender Equality in Science (SiS.2011.2.1.1.-1)

Project co-funded by the General Inspectorate for relations with the European Union of the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance (IGRUE).

Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance
UAIC Research Group on Gender Equality in Science

UAIC Research Group on Gender Equality in Science is a multidisciplinary research team set up within the frame of the STAGES project in order to conduct scientific studies and evaluations on Gender Equal Opportunities in Romanian educational and research institutions, particularly at the UAIC (see the main objectives, research group members, research and publications).

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"Gender Equality in Science" -
a theme for PhD studies


Cover women technological Since 2013, "Gender Equality in Science" is a theme for PhD studies at the UAIC. Prof. dr. Doina Balahur, scientific coordinator for PhD in Sociology, announced the topics and the bibliography for 2014 candidates competition. As for 2013, the research will be carried out in cooperation with the FP7 European project STAGES at the UAIC. (more info here).

Timeline of STAGES Project activities at UAIC



5 July 2015

The UAIC's contribution at the STAGES deliverable on Sustainability Plans for gender equality in research institutions

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Since all the research institutions which participate at the STAGES project have elaborated their Sustainability Plans on Gender Equality in Science for continuing, after the end of the project (31 December 2015), the specific actions initiated during the project period, a common deliverable including these documents has been sent at the DG Research and Innovation. The UAIC Sustainability Plan, elaborated by the UAIC Centre for Gender Equality in Science, led by Prof. Dr. Doina Balahur, has been based on the relevant experience gained in the implementation of more than 80 actions, and the conception and application of the own strategy which guided the setting up of new organizational structures and practices aimed at promoting gender equality in our institution. In 40 pages (from 170 of the whole deliverable), the UAIC Sustainability Plan presents the foreseen actions/activities, their background, i.e. similar precedent actions carried out in the UAIC-STAGES project on the period 2012-2015, the available resources, the content of the sustainability actions and the responsible actors who will be engaged in the future activities in order to continue and to develop the significant gender equality programmes initiated at the "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi.

28 July 2015

International dissemination of the UAIC-STAGES project achievements

(Technical University of Vienna, Office of Gender Competence)
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On the 28 of July, at the invitation of the Office of Gender Competence from the Technical University of Vienna, Prof. Dr. Doina Balahur presented the oucomes of the UAIC-STAGES project that aimed at realising structural changes to achieve gender equality at the "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi, Romania. The strategis, directions and the objectives of the UAIC-STAGES project have been described and the complex and multidimensional approach which resulted in setting up new structures and practices aiming at tackling the issues of gender equality at the UAIC have been showcased by Prof. Balahur. The speaker also emphasized that the UAIC-STAGES project generated new knowledge illustrated by a new model of structural change in universities and research institutions called "Fixing the transformative and formative praxis", which is grounded in a new paradigm of participative and collaborative approach – as opposed to the paradigm of deficit and resistances. The presentation and meeting has been attended by staff of the Office of Gender Competence and by members of Working Committee for Equal Treatment Issues.

3 August 2015

The Fulbright Senior Postdoctoral Program for Romanian Scholars 2016-2017

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The Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission announces the annual competition for Fulbright Senior Postdoctoral Awards for Romanian professors, researchers and professionals who have a doctoral degree or equivalent (certified). Grants are available for conducting research and/or lecturing in the U.S. universities. Any field, except clinical medicine and other clinical disciplines, is eligible. More information about the criteria that should be met by the applicants, grants duration and application instructions could be read on http://www.fulbright.ro/news/325-the-fulbright-senior-postdoctoral-program-2016-2017 and on the site www.fulbright.ro or obtained by sending inquiries at office@fulbright.ro.

15 September 2015

PhD specialization on Gender Equality in Science

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The PhD programme on Gender Equality in Science set up within the frame of the UAIC-STAGES project in cooperation with the Doctoral School of Sociology, as a part of UAIC Doctoral School, has continued in 2015. A new candidate, Catrinel Zaharia, has successfully passed the admission examination and is now enrolled at the Doctoral School of Sociology, the programme on Gender Equality in Science. PhD student Catrinel Zaharia has a professional experience in the field of economics and business administration and she has also authored a book, "Everything for women. A short treaty on re-finding ourselves" (2015). Strongly motivated for research in gender equality in computer science and challenged by the direct experience in a male dominated domain she proposed a research theme that is focused on a top priority issue "Women and the career in IT: Access to top positions".

23-24 September 2015

Gender and Science. Certified training course jointly organized by the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITC-ILO) and the UAIC Centre for Gender Equality in Science

(UAIC, Building ROMTEL, Conference room)
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An important direction of our sustainability plan focused on the training of the staff of the UAIC Centre for Gender Equality in Science (CGES) and of the members of the Network of Women in Academia and Research. In close complementarity with the already given trainings as well as with the learning and formative effect of different activities performed by the UAIC-STAGES project, this year we aimed at 'fixing the knowledge and skills' for understanding, recognising and evaluating gender equality/in-equality through a series of certified training-courses given by international organizations. Therefore, the Centre for Gender Equality in Science, in collaboration with the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organizations (ITC-ILO), organized a two days (23-24 September2015) certified training course "Gender and Science". Its main objectives have been: to enable the participants to familiarise with the main issues characterizing women's presence in academic and scientific research in the EU; to analyse and discuss the main structural causes of gender inequalities in academic research; to identify the main possible strategies to promote structural change for gender equality in academic research; to elaborate some individual and group level action to support the undergoing projects of structural change in course at the UAIC. During the two days of training course, through interactive and participatory activities, the participants had the opportunity to analyse together different facets of gender equality/in-equality in research. The training course has been given by Benedetta Magri, gender expert from the ITC-ILO. In context, Prof. Dr. Doina Balahur, the UAIC-STAGES coordinator, presented in the situation of gender equality in science at the UAIC. The training benefited by a large interest and wide participation of 51 female and male senior and young researchers, members of the Senate, Heads of Doctoral Schools, Vice-deans and heads of the faculties' departments, as well as Heads and members of the Department of Human Resources, of the Financial and Accounting Department and of the Department of Project Management. The course ended with the certification ceremony of the attendees.

1 October 2015

Research report on climate and organizational values. The 11th deliverable on the UAIC-STAGES project activities

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The final research report on the "Climate and organizational values evaluation survey" is the content of the 11th deliverable prepared by the UAIC- STAGES team and submitted to the EC – DG Research and Innovation. From our research findings resulted important changes of the perception on gender equality in science. The data analysis made evidence of the formative effects of the practical actions carried out by the UAIC-STAGES project on the capacity of the participating actors –female and male academics and research staff - to understand, evaluate, take position and activate on gender equality issues. These formative effects are visible not only in the understanding of the issues of gender equality in science but also in the capacity to identify the discrimination in different situations and circumstances that prior to participation at the activities of the project had no relevance and connotation for the issue of gender equality in science. The relevance of the results is better understood if we compare them with the ones got from the first evaluation carried out in 2012. In the first evaluation we observed that according to the analysis of the data collected the phenomenon of "gender blindness" dominated the opinions of both senior and young academic and research staff from the UAIC. After more than three years and half of intensive activities that have promoted a participatory and cooperation strategy integrating practically the whole university, the analysis of the data collected made evidence that we may talk on real changes in opinions that are important indices and indicators for changes in mentalities and attitudes. These changes in perceptions and opinions do not also simply mean a "raising awareness" phenomenon but a true reconstruction of understanding about the issue of equality vs inequality in science.

1-30 October 2015

Evaluation research on child care services at the "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University

(UAIC, "Junior Kindergarten" and "Junior Primary School")
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Within the period 1st – 30 October 2015, Dr. Magdalena Vicovan, postdoctoral researcher of the UAIC-STAGES project, carried out a research study on the new child care services offered to the academic and research staff from our university within the frame of "Junior programme". The research was based on interviews with female and male academics and researchers whose children are enrolled at the "Junior Primary School" and at the "Junior Kindergarten" and with Liliana Minea, the Director of "Junior Programme", Primary School teacher. From the interviews taken it resulted that the "Junior programme" became more flexible and delivers more services so that to be better tailored, on the one hand, to the irregular working time of the academic and research staff of the university and, on the other hand, to better meet the diversity of learning interests of the children and also their play needs. The interviews with the parents, young researchers and academics from the university, indicated a high degree of satisfaction both with the new daily and weekly programme of the school and with the more diverse offer of extracurricular activities and balance between learning activities and play/relaxing ones. The creation of the "teacher on duty" for emergency situations and the possibility to prolong the daily programme till 8-9 PM was highly appreciated by the interviewed parents. Among the most appreciated new measures aiming at supporting the parents after the close of the school's regular programme are the "summer school" and "summer campus".

5 October 2015

The UAIC team participation at the 4th meeting of IBSA

(Rome, Leonardo da Vinci Hotel, Conference Room)
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The 4th meeting of the International Board of Scientific Advisors (IBSA) of the STAGES project was held in Rome on the 5th of October 2015. The UAIC-STAGES project has been represented by Prof. Dr. Doina Balahur, team leader, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Adrian Iftene, the UAIC-STAGES project member of the IBSA, and Maria Petronela Munteanu, PhD student, UAIC team member. In her intervention Prof. Dr. Doina Balahur presented the activity carried out by the UAIC-STAGES team in implementing the self-tailored Action Plan, by far the richest among all the partners in the project, with 40 actions and more than 90 activities, as well as the main achievements, i.e. the setting up of new functional structures (like UAIC Centre for Gender Equality in Science, UAIC Network of Women in Academia and Research, UAIC Research Group for Gender Studies) and 20 new organizational practices aimed at promoting gender equality in academia and research at UAIC. Prof. Balahur has also stressed that the new structures and practices initiated have been integrated in the Sustainability Plan that has been endorsed by the top management of the university becoming this way part of the future strategy of the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University. In his turn, Prof. Adrian Iftene emphasized that the UAIC-STAGES project was indeed a successful one, being based on a real participatory strategy that has integrated the whole university and also involved the top and middle managers, thus contributing to the development of a new partnership built on the promotion of the values of gender equality in science at our university.

19 October 2015

Interview on integrating gender equality in the university's practices

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Prof. Dr. Doina Balahur, the UAIC-STAGES project leader, was invited to give an interview for Yellow Window Organization (Anvers, Belgium), the Coordinator of the project "Integrating Gender Equality into Research Performing Organisations (RPO) and University. Research, Practices and Setting of On-line Tool on Gender Equality Plans", funded by the European Institute of Gender Equality (EIGE). Prof. Balahur was interviewed in her quality of coordinator of the FP7 Project STAGES (Structural Transformation to Achieve Gender Equality in Science) at the UAIC as well as in her quality of initiator and coordinator of the Gender Equality Plan at the University and of several promising new practices initiated within the framework of the FP7 project. The interview, that was taken online by Monica Stroe (SNSPA) and lasted 2 hours, was structured into two parts. The first one referred mainly to the UAIC-STAGES project activities on the 4 years period and to the UAIC self tailored Gender Equality Plan. The second one was a detailed discussion about two initiatives shaped and developed during the project: the creation and institutionalization of the UAIC Centre for Gender Equality in Science and the prestigious public event "Women Researchers' Day", that instituted, after 3 annual editions (2013-2015), a new tradition of celebration the most relevant scientific achievements of the women researchers from our University.

23-25 October 2015

Workshop on "Promotion equal opportunities and diversity in universities

(Sinaia, Romania)
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The Workshop "Promotion equal opportunities and diversity in academic organizations" was jointly organized by the National Council for Combating Discrimination and the Academic Society in Romania, within an international programme funded by the cooperation agreement Romania-Norway. Its main objectives have been to evaluate the perception of gender discrimination in universities in Romania. The UAIC-STAGES project has been represented by the Prof. Dr. Luminița Bejenaru, member of the UAIC Network of Women in Academia and Research, and by PhD student George Ichim, UAIC-STAGES team member. During the workshop Professor Luminita Bejenaru presented the UAIC-STAGES project and its main achievements and good practices on gender equality at the "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi. Talking about the Centre for Gender Equality in Science, Ms. Luminita Bejenaru underlined that the "Alexandru Ioan Cuza " University is the only one in Romania that set up a special functional structure dealing with research, evaluation, monitoring and reporting on gender equality issues in academic life and research. At the workshop participated Mr.Csaba Ferenc Asztalos, the President of the National Council for Combating Discrimination, representatives of the Romanian universities and members of several NGOs representing the civil society.

30 October 2015

The 12th deliverable on the UAIC-STAGES project activities

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The 12th deliverable on the activities carried out at the "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University has been prepared by the UAIC-STAGES team and submitted to the European Commission – DG Research and Innovation on 30 October2015. This last report presents several actions undertaken in the 4th year of the project, namely, Documents and materials on the 4th thematic workshop of the UAIC Network of Women in Academia and Research (Action 4.4.3), Info-day. Early career researchers day (Action 4.3.3), Work-life balance measures (Action 4.2.2), and Proceedings of the Second International Conference "Women and Scientific Research: outcomes and future challenges" (Action 4.8.3). The deliverable contains analyses on these actions and illustrative documents and presentations that sum up 129 pages. While the Working Package coordinated by the UAIC team had the highest number of the actions performed within the process of implementation of the Action Plan (that is more than 90 actions), at the same time the team also reported the highest number of deliverables, each one describing the content of several activities, so that over 30 actions have been finally taken into account. Consequently, a total of more than 1,000 pages containing the comprehensive evaluation of the activities performed at the UAIC have been written by the UAIC-STAGES team and sent to the European Commission – DG Research and Innovation, to be uploaded on the European projects portal's database and registered as our contributions in the FP7 STAGES project.

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