Gender Equality in Engineering through Communication and Commitment

The project GEECCO addresses the question how higher educational institutions and research promotion institutions can deal with gender equality in a more professional way.

The emphasis of the project is on the following three topics: on the one hand the reduction of gender inequalities concerning women in academic careers, on the other hand the decision process in committees and the gender dimension in research and teaching.

On the basis of these topics four project goals are derived which should contribute to structural changes to achieve gender equality in research institutes and research promotion institutions of technical sciences.

  1. Implementation of promotion plans for women which go beyond the declaration of principles in the participating research institutes.
  2. The second goal addresses the research promotion institutions directly by raising awareness for considering gender dimensions stronger in programs (calls) and services e.g. through trainings of the jurors.
  3. In order to enable the institutions to benefit mutually from their developments a free and self-reflecting learning environment is established to transfer knowledge and know-how and to support the exchange between research institutes and research promotion institutions.
  4. The fourth goal concerns the monitoring and assessment of the processes as well as the effects of the implementation of gender equality plans in the respective institutions during the project period.

Further information is available in German or please contact:
press release 17. Mai 2017 (in German)
website: (in English)
period: May 2017 – April 2021
Büro für nachhaltige Kompetenz B-NK GmbH
Technische Universität Wien,Abteilung für Genderkompetenz
Università degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria
Politechnika Krakowska/Cracow University of Technology
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Technologická agentura Ceske Republiky/Technology Agency of the Czech Republic
Wiener Wissenschafts-, Forschungs- und Technologiefonds (WWTF)
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Europäische Kommission

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