Title:                                     EQUAL4EUROPE

Project type:                      Horizon 2020 Coordination and support action

Project coordinator:       ESADE

Partners involved:

  • Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
  • Univerzita Komenskeho v Bratislave
  • IEDC Poslovna Sola Bled
  • ESMT European School of Management and Technology
  • INSEAD Institut Europeen d’Administration des Affaires
  • Nehem, part of PNO Consultants

Funding:                              H2020-EU.5.f.

Duration:                            01 Jan 2020-31 Dec 2023

EQUAL4EUROPE in short 

The EQUAL4EUROPE consortium consists of six Research Performing Institutions (RPIs) with a clear focus on arts, humanities, medicine, social sciences, business and law (AHMSSBL) an international accreditation organisation and a consultant organisation.

EQUAL4EUROPE will develop and implement Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) for research organisations and universities that can accelerate the process of:

  • removing barriers to the recruitment, retention and career progression of female researchers
  • addressing gender imbalances in decision making processes  
  • integrating the gender dimension in research and innovation content 

The 6 RPIs start by assessing their current situations and identifying the main areas of intervention. They will then develop and implement tailored GEPs informed by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) GEAR tool, while monitoring and documenting their impact on the participating institutions.

EQUAL4EUROPE will also establish a network for GE officers from AHMSSBL institutions across Europe than can replicate its methodology. Finally, the project will investigate the possibility to include relevant standards and indicators into international accreditation frameworks for business schools.

Our work is divided in the following Work Packages (WP):


The main aim of the EQUAL4EUROPE project is to contribute to increased gender equality in the European Research Area (ERA). In order to achieve this main aim, we have set the following specific objectives:  

  • O.1 Increase gender-awareness at the organizational level

Several activities will be performed to increase gender awareness, such as workshops, trainingand continuous communication. All levels will be addressed, including students, administrative staff, research and teaching staff, middle management and highest management.  

  • O.2 Engage relevant actors and stakeholders from across the spectrum of gender equality seeking organisations in Europe

There are several organisations, associations, boards, and even individuals that are experts in the field of gender and can help with generating best practices and insights to implement gender equality in academic or research organisations. Existing projects will also be contacted to engage in knowledge exchange and to learn from best practices. 

  • O.3 Develop 6 tailored GEPs 

Each participating research performing institute will develop a tailored GEP based on an in-depth assessment of the current situation, entailing a variety of measures that fit the specific context and respond to well identified areas in need of action. A participatory approach will be used for this 

  • O.4 Successfully implement the developed GEPs

Each participating research performing institute will implement the developed GEP, involving all relevant stakeholders to increase gender equality within their institute and to make a sustainable cultural and institutional change.  

  • O.5 Monitor and evaluate the impact and results of the implemented GEPs

A methodology will be devised to impartially evaluate the progress made on gender equality plans throughout the duration of this EQUAL4EUROPE project. The methodology for the evaluation should be thought of as formative, helping the consortium partners to adapt their GEP’s as necessary at the end of the EQUAL4EUROPE project.  

  • O.6 Knowledge exchange

The lessons learnt in this project will be shared both within the consortium as well as with stakeholders from outside of the consortium. This includes establishing best practices and recommendations for other AHMSSBL institutions. It also includes the efforts of our network organisations to investigate whether they can include the EQUAL4EUROPE project results in their accreditation framework and standards.  

  • O.7 Create a European network for research institutions GE officers

The development of a network specifically for GE officers from universities, where they can share best practices and tips-and-tricks. This will be a practical and easy to access network, supported by an online platform. 

Contact us

Please contact EQUAL4EUROPE project members if you would like to receive more information about the project.