Gender Dimension & Balance

Standing-up for gender equality in research and innovation projects, ensuring gender balance and attaining research excellence!


A primary objective of the EC Agenda is gender equality promotion in research and innovation, and a corresponding regulatory framework to tackle perplexing structural barriers. In this direction, the gender dimension is a dynamic concept, introduced to examine gender norms and stereotypes among researchers, as well as evolving gender roles. What is more, in the new Horizon Europe funding programme, the Commission will require gender equality plans in the form of official documents, with concrete measures and targets on gender balance in leadership and decision making, gender equality in recruitment and career progression, integration of the gender dimension into research and teaching content, as well as measures against gender-based violence, including sexual harassment, which will be an essential factor to consider when evaluating new proposals.

ViLabs applies traditional and innovative methods, to address gender-based inequalities:

  • Quantitative and qualitative research, focusing on emerging political, social and cultural developments and phenomena related to gender
  • Analysis of historical, sociological and philosophical factors related to gender
  • Investigation and mapping of present challenges and tensions related to gender-based inequalities
  • Literature review on past efforts and initiatives and mapping of needs and shortcomings
  • Development of innovative approaches, toolkits, proposed policies, as well as institutional frameworks to enhance gender equality, anti-discrimination and inclusiveness
  • Participatory and co-creation approaches, to enhance active engagement of interested parties, citizens, public actors and representatives and other stakeholders in thematic areas related to gender equality
  • Policy design and recommendations to improve, refine and reshape the accountability, transparency, effectiveness, and trustworthiness of institutions and public policies when it comes to gender equality policies, with respect and consideration to fundamental human rights

Related to Gender Dimension & Balance, ViLabs offers the following services:

Relevant EU-funded projects


Relevant Scientidic Publications and Initiatives


  • Maria Sangiuliano, Vasiliki Moumtzi, Apostolos Vontas, 2019, Sustaining and expanding Gender Equality Plans in RPOs from faculty to institution level, Institutional Change for Gender Equality in Research –Edizioni Ca’ Foscari – Digital Publishing,
  • Maria Sangiuliano, Claudia Canali, Vasiliki Madesi (2019), Shaping Gender Equality Policies in IST-ICT Research Institutions, Institutional Change for Gender Equality in Research,
  • Elena Gorbacheva, Vasiliki Moumtzi, Armin Stein, 2019, An innovative IT-supported approach facilitating co-design of tailored Gender Equality Plans: The CrowdEquality idea crowdsourcing platform, Institutional Change for Gender Equality in Research – Edizioni Ca’ Foscari – Digital Publishing,
  • Canali, C., Moumtzi, V. (2019) Digital Girls Summer Camp: Bridging the Gender ICT Divide – Edizioni Ca’ Foscari – Digital Publishing,
  • Canali, C., Addabbo, T., & Moumtzi, V. (2019). A Best Practice for Attracting Female Students to Enrol in ICT Studies. Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Gender Research, ISBN: 9781912764167, pp. 121-128.
  • Moumtzi V. and Mariya Gabriel (Commissioner for the digital economy and society), Action needed on digital gender gap- Achieving equality in ICT will require national-level intervention, research project finds, *Research Europe magazine:, Issue No. 499|20 June 2019
  • Rutkauskiene, D., Moumtzi, V., Chatzimallis, M. (2017). Project EQUAL-IST: Gender equality in information science and technology. Alta‘17 – Advanced learning technologies: Smart education – Conference proceedings, Kaunas, Lithuania, ISSN 235-2140, pp 34-43.
  • Sangiuliano M., Canali C., Madesi V., (2017) Negotiating gender equality policies in IST-ICT Research Institutions. Reflections from the participatory audit to design of Gender Equality Plans in the EQUAL-IST Project. ICGR 2018 Conference proceedings (April 2018).
  • EQUAL-ST Scientific publications & Public Deliverables: Browse scientific publications and public deliverables within the EQUAL-IST project or related to the EQUAL-IST project.


  • CALIPER – Internal and external assessment – In the context of the CALIPER project 9 tailored GEPs will be created in the participating organizations. For this, a comprehensive analysis of the gender equality related conditions inside the organizations and the external framework conditions and innovation ecosystems from a gender perspective of the national network of each of the participating organizations has been realized.
  • GE ACADEMY repository – In the context of the GE ACADEMY project an online repository of webinars has been created aiming at a better uptake of gender issues in Research & Innovation.
  • GE Academy Inventory of Key Resources – The document has been conceived as a practical tool to support the design, implementation, and evaluation of gender training initiatives, allowing quick access to relevant information and data pertaining to gender equality in science. The inventory includes 284 resources, of which 270 publications and 14 dynamic resources (videos, online training modules, etc.).
  • EQUAL-IST Webinar Series “Towards the implementation of the Gender Equality plans”. It consists of a series of Webinars Supporting the way towards the Implementation of Gender Equality Plans in Research Performing Organizations which along with the online toolkit* (selected inspirational examples to achieve gender equality in research organizations), will support activities targeting at structural changes for gender equality at University or Research Organization level.
  • EQUAL-IST Final Conference: Gender Equality Policies in Research Institutions: Promoting transformative and sustainable changes
  • CrowdEqaulity Platform – In the context of the EQAUL-IST project, the Idea Crowdsourcing Platform for Promoting Gender Equality and Diversity was developed. The platform aims at collecting ideas and triggering discussions about promising initiatives for promoting gender equality and diversity and is specifically targeted at research institutions.
  • WeHubs mentoring services – WeHubs is providing a range of resources to encourage people to consider if they would be a good mentor, and to help improve the skills of existing mentors. Many people, especially women, do not realise how all the experiences they have can be of real benefit to other entrepreneurs.
  • WeHubs webinars – WeHubs webinars aimed at encouraging mutual learning among European organisations supporting female web entrepreneurs.
  • Self-assessment support (WeHubs Scorecard) – The WeHubs Scorecard is a concrete tool to be used by business support organisations (incubators, accelerators, associations of investors etc.) within the web entrepreneurship ecosystems for self-assessing their own offer to attract more women and to serve their existing female clients in a more customized way.
  • WeHubs platform – In the context of the WeHubs project, an online platform as the first community of business support organisations promoting female entrepreneurship in the digital sector was developed by ViLabs, supporting women web entrepreneurs and increasing their participation in web enterprises by encouraging the existing web entrepreneur’s ecosystems to provide dedicated support and services to women.
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