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PLOTINA: Promoting Gender Balance and Inclustion in Research, Innovation and Training

The overall objective of PLOTINA is to enable the development, implementation and assessment of self-tailored Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) with innovative and sustainable strategies for the Research Performing Organizations (RPOs) involved. This objective will be achieved by:

stimulating a gender-aware culture change;

  • promoting career-development of both female and male researchers to prevent the waste of talent, particularly for women;
  • ensuring diversification of views and methodologies (in this case by taking into account the gender/sex dimension and analysis) in research and teaching.

The workplan will proceed in four overall stages:

  1. assess the current situation in all Partner RPOs;
  2. design GEPs for each
  3. design, implement and evaluate Actions in the Partner RPOs to address the targets of the GEPs;
  4. create
a platform of resources that can be used by RPOs across Europe to implement their own GEPs suited to their own situations.

PLOTINA is a partnership of RPOs, Professional Associations and Partners with specific expertise in monitoring the progress of the project and in the dissemination. The consortium represents the diversity of European RPOs as well as the diversity of European social and cultural environments.

Here you can access all open source tools and documents of the project.


  • University of Bologna (Itay) - coordinators,
  • National Institute of Chemistry (Slovenia),
  • University of Warwick (Great Britain),
  • Mondragon Unibertsitatea (Spain),
  • Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestao (Portugal),
  • Ozyegin Universitesi (Turkey),
  • Zentrum fur Soziale Innovation GmbH (Austria),
  • Centro Studi Progetto Donna e Diversity MGMT (Italy) in
  • Elhuyar-Zubize SL (Spain).


The international conference “ReGendering Science. For an inclusive research environment” (Bologna, 27th-28th of January 2020) aimed at presenting the project outcomes and at discussing with academics, RPOs key actors and invited speakers about gender equality in research and in RPOs. The event provided a unique venue to share experiences, case-studies and best practices.

National Institute of Chemistry's project group:

doc. dr. Franci Merzel

izr. prof. dr. Marta Klanjšek Gunde

prof. dr. Nataša Zabukovec Logar

Kaja Rems

PLOTINA (“Promoting gender balance and inclusion in research, innovation and training”) has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 666008. The views and opinions expressed in this publication are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission.

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