This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 788204.

Virtual ‘Matching-Events-Month’

In October 2020, the virtual ACT Matching-Events-Month will take place (12th – 30th October) to bring together different people interested in and working on similar topics and towards similar goals.

Over three weeks in October we will be hosting six sessions dedicated to three ERA priorities – two sessions per topic, as follows: Decision-making on the 14th and 16th, Gender dimension on the 20th and 22nd and Careers on the 27th and 29th.

The Matching Events will provide a platform for exchange across the ACT Communities of Practice and other stakeholders. They also aim at ‘matching’ different actors, who are sharing their interest in different topics and domains.


The main aims of these events are:

  • Facilitating and boosting exchange and communication across CoPs
  • Scaling-up: Promoting and scaling-up the ACT-network of CoPs
  • Expanding inclusivity: Involvement of institutions interested in ACT


Each Matching Event will address different topics:

‘Decision-making’-week with sessions on October 14th and 16th, 14:00-16:00 CET

  • Gender balance in decision-making, leadership positions and scientific gatekeepers: making visible, measures, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Gender competence in decision-making bodies and leadership, measures, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Gender budgeting for resource allocation in RPOs and integrating the gender dimension in evaluation for research funders

‘Gender dimension’-week with sessions on October 20th and 22nd 15:00-17:00 CET

  • Why gender dimension adds value to research and education in the field of STEM
  • Meet an expert, get inspired: from one size fits all to an individualised approach
  • When and how: hands on with practical work. Becoming a gender champion to boost your science and education towards innovation

‘Careers’-week with sessions on October 27th and 29th 14:00-16:00 CET

  • Covid-19 and gendered career consequences - compensating researchers (time, resources, adaption of criteria) and how is this different from "regular" family policies
  • The DORA declaration and evaluating researchers' CVs in selection, promotion, and funding - the pros and cons of a more qualitative, narrative approach
  • Tackling difficult topics in your institution (monitoring career progress, intersectionality, sexual harassment, tbd)


To round off the month, there will be a joint (more casual and voluntary) session on October 29th 2020 (time tbd). Everyone is invited to join in with a drink, reflect on the events, connect with other participants and to just have a nice evening.




Virtual event