What is EUGAIN?
Women are underrepresented in Informatics (Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Computing, ICT…) at all levels, from undergraduate and graduate studies to participation and leadership in academia and industry. Increasing female representation in the field is a grand challenge for academics, policymakers, and society as a whole. Although the problem is evident, progress has been invariably slow, in spite of all the momentum and impulse for change happening across Europe.
EUGAIN is a COST Action (CA19122) project with the aim to improve gender balance in Informatics through the creation and strengthening of a truly multi-cultural European network of academics working on the forefront of the efforts in their countries, institutions, and research communities. We will be building on their knowledge, experiences, struggles, successes, and failures, learning and sharing what has worked and how it could be transferred to other institutions and countries.
Among other outcomes, EUGAIN will provide the academic community, policymakers, industry, and other stakeholders with recommendations and guidelines to address the following key challenges:
- How to have more girls choosing Informatics as their higher education studies and profession;
- How to retain female students and assure they finish their studies and start successful careers in the field;
- How to encourage more female PhD and postdoctoral researchers to remain in the academic career and apply for professorships in Informatics departments;
- How to support and inspire young women in their careers and help them to overcome the main hurdles that prevent women to reach senior positions.
Areas of Expertise
- Electrical engineering, electronic engineering, Information engineering. Software engineering; human computer interaction and interface; visualization and natural language processing; operating systems; computer languages.
- Computer and Information Sciences. Ethics of computer and information sciences; history and philosophy of computer and information sciences.
- Sociology. Gender and sexuality studies.
If you want to obtain more information about the whole EUGAIN project, as well as to join or contact the main people in charge, please visit the official webpage at: https://eugain.eu
In addition, you can also visit the EUGAIN website at COST Action in the following link: https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA19122/