Awarding and rewarding diversity, as well as recognising researchers and innovators particularly committed to diversity are key elements for the EELISA Alliance. To this extent, and as a further step from the mapping of measures and activities already organized under the topic of Gender, the R & I wing of EELISA, EELISA InnoCORE, is now gathering good practices and actions put in place by individual researchers and research structures (groups, departments, laboratories, centres) promoting diversity within research and innovation teams, and thus fostering the existence of diverse and inclusive research and innovation communities.
‘Diversity’ describes the fact that differences exist and it is a positive aspect of society that should be acknowledged, welcomed, and fostered so that all people are able to fully participate in society.
In this context, and excluding gender, we are looking for good practices, actions, and initiatives touching upon any of these aspects:
- Ethnic/cultural/migration background;
- Socio-economic background;
- Sexual identity (including LGBTQ+);
- Education background (alternative pathways, lifelong learner);
- Caring responsibilities; Religious background/beliefs
From all the applications received, a selection of good practices will be presented during the EELISA InnoCORE’s workshop “Building a diverse and inclusive workforce among our academic and non-academic staff”, in the context of the I EELISA International Conference that will take place at Bucharest on the 4-6 of October 2023. Among this selection, one case will be recognised with the first EELISA Diversity Award.
Note: The EELISA Diversity Award is a non-monetary recognition. Travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses for traveling to Bucarest must be covered by your sending organisation. Please check with your institution.
The EELISA Gender and Diversity Work Group will be responsible for both the selection of good practices to be presented during the workshop and the selection of the winner of the I EELISA Diversity Award. The selection of good practices presentations will be done during the month of July. The selection of the winner will be announced after the presentation of the good practices in Bucharest, at the end of the workshop.
When evaluating the good practices, the EELISA Gender and Diversity Work Group will consider the following non-exhaustive list of criteria:
- Impact: the good practice has contributed to significantly promote diversity, inclusion and cultural competency development among the workforce.
- Innovative character of the good practice.
- Reach out: engagement and collaboration with other stakeholders.
Who can apply?
Applicants must be researchers, including PhD students, academic staff and non-academic staff from EELISA universities.
Please send your good practices by email before the 30th of June 2023 to email@example.com using the template provided.