At its 710th meeting on 15 September 2021, the Faculty Council adopted the Gender Equality Plan for the period 2021-2025.
The proposed measures are based on the results of an enquiry into gender equality at FER and in the local and national environment in which the Faculty operates. The research was conducted in 2020 to identify institutional factors and practises that might influence bias in various aspects of the Faculty's activities. Research and innovation stakeholders from European Union and around the world share common challenges regarding gender equality: a low percentage of female students in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), the phenomenon of women leaving jobs in STEM fields (leaky pipeline) and a low percentage of women in leadership positions (glass ceiling).
Gender equality in research and innovation is one of the priorities of the European Research Area (ERA). The European Commission has set three objectives for European countries and institutions:
- gender equality in scientific careers,
- gender balance in decision-making, and
- integration of the gender dimension into the content of research and innovation.
The FER Gender Equality Plan sets out measures that contribute, to the extent possible, to the achievement of the stated general objectives. The document is the result of the collective work of FER staff and is therefore fully consistent with the established Faculty practises.
Members of the Caliper Project consortium held the first management meeting on June 15 and 16, 2020. Although the first meeting was scheduled to take place in Zagreb at FER, we adapted to the current situation and held our meeting online. We met to keep up with the completed project actions and brainstorm on the nextsteps.
FER Participates in new COST project European Network for Gender Balance in Informatics. The project will last four years, and Croatian members of the project Management Committee are dr. sc. Brigita Miloš (UNIRI-FF) and doc. dr. sc. Anamari Nakić (FER), with substitutes doc. dr. sc. Matija Bašić (PMF), izv. prof. dr. sc. Nina Begičević Ređep (FOI) and prof. dr. sc. Maja Matijašević (FER). You can read the summery of the project below.
Caliper training took place on the 20th and 21st April at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing of the University of Zagreb. The main goal was creating a common knowledge base and a shared vocabulary on gender equality in research presenting and discussing problems at stake, policies, and potential interventions. The presentations of the training can be found here (in Croatian): full session.
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing proudly announces that, is an official member of the CALIPER project which has received funding by European Union’s Research and Innovation Framework Programme Horizon 2020. CALIPER will last four years and aims at making Research Performing (RPO) and Research Funding Organizations (RFO) more gender equal increasing the number of female researchers in STEM, improving their careers prospects and integrating a gender dimension in research.
Dean Prof. Gordan Gledec, PhD, has established a Working Group for Design and Implementation of Gender Equality Plan at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. The Working Group will design and implement a Gender Equality Plan of FER.
The CALIPER project: Linking research and innovation for gender equality aims to contribute to increasing the participation of women in research and innovation and improvement of their career’s prospects; improve the gender balance in decision-making bodies in research organisations; and include, where relevant, the gender dimension in research content.
The total value of the project is 2,896,475.00 € and the project leader at FER is assist. prof. Anamari Nakić.