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Integrating Gender-Sensitive Approach into Research


"Worldwide, half of all brains are women", Vera Rubin, astronomer who proved the existence of dark matter

Introducing a gender-sensitive approach makes research of higher quality and validity by:

  • increasing social value of research results
  • promoting development of new research,
  • enables application of more successful project proposals,

because a gender balanced research group means improving quality of research, and because gender equality is basic principle of the Horizon 2020 programme.

What is a gender-sensitive approach to conducting research?

"Gender-sensitive research takes into account the differences between men and women in all aspects of the research, from an initial idea, formulating research questions, objectives and methodologies to the outcomes and presentation of results.Apart from integrating gender into the content, gender-sensitive approach strives to provide equal participation of both women and men in scientific work."

How to apply a gender-sensitive approach into research - checklist:

Source: Mihajlović Trbovc, Jovana and Ana Hofman. 2015. Toolkit for Integrating Gender-Sensitive Approach into Research and Teaching, GARCIA working paper n. 6, University of Trento.

Case Studies:

Useful links and toolkits with methods for integration of gender-sensitive approach into research:


For further information, please contact: Kaja Rems, project coordinator, Tel.: +386 1 476 04 35, E.mail: kaja.rems(at)  

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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