The CASPER project team at the Kick off meeting in Strasbourg. Smart Venice’s team represented by Maria Sangiuliano and Giulia Nason.

Would an EU level Certification system to prove Research Organizations are progressing towards gender equality be an effective system to promote institutional transformation, and if so, under which conditions? This is the main question the CASPER feasibility study will try to answer. Started in January 2020 the project will use an evidence based and co-creation approach to design a series of scenarios for a certification system to benefit the EU Research and Higher Education system. The Smart Venice team, is playing a key role in setting the building blocks of the project with a systematic mapping and policy framing study on existing Certification and Awarding Schemes, the mechanisms they operate, the indicators the work through and the business models they have in place. We are currently coordinating a network of national gender researchers from all the 28 European MS, + Australia, US, Norway, Iceland, and the work will inform a State of Art analysis report, to feed into the next stages of the project where impact assessment and scenario building will take place. The project is led by European Science Foundation (FR), and other partners are Oxford Brookes University (UK), Yellow Window (BE), Knowledge & Innovation (IT), Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Johannneum Research (AT), Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (ES).

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 872113