The CALIPER project Team at the kick off meeting in Thessaloniki, January 2020. The Smart Venice Team is represented by Maria Sangiuliano and Marzia Cescon

The CALIPER project will roll out for 4 years with the goal of supporting the institutional transformation of Universities and Research Funding Organizations to contrast structural gender inequality through Gender Equality Plans. The Smart Venice team will be the gender expert organization in charge of designing and devising assessment methodologies, capacity building, learning tools, to all the involved implementing organizations. Smart Venice will also be in charge of studying and rolling out the innovative approach of the project based on engaging national and regional quadruple helix innovation ecosystems: in fact, the project will trigger and make internal changes and gender equality policies sustainable, by orchestrating the core inward auditing/internal assessment and GEPs design with outward actions engaging external stakeholders to activate synergies at all different junctions of the ‘education-research- transfer to market of STEM research results’ chain. CALIPER will adopt an intersectional approach to gender equality issues, paying attention to the ways gender inequalities are linked to and intersected with other discriminations. CALIPER will ensure its successful implementation by adopting a holistic methodology featured by capacity building support to build and sustain internal gender knowledge and expertise, mutual learning among partners, a participatory co-design of GEPs as well as 2 iteration levels for implementing and refining GEPs and a thorough monitoring and evaluation mechanism, leading to durable institutional changes. The project coordinators is Vilabs (Greece), and the other partners are University of Zagreb (HR), Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation (Georgia), Slovak Technical University of Bratislava (SK), Young Academy of Europe (DE), Universitè Livre de Bruxelles (BE), National Technical University of Athens (EL), IRB (Institute for Biomedical Research in Barcelona) (ES), UEFISCIDI (Romania), Yasar Univeristy (Turkey), Università del Salento (IT).

This project has received funding under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under Grant Agreement no 873134