Integration of the gender aspect in research and innovation is an added value in terms ofexcellence, creativity and opportunities. It helps research teams to question gender norms and stereotypes, rethink established standards and create reference models. In addition, it contributes to an in-depth understanding of gender needs, behaviour and attitudes.
The European Commission has provided specific regulatory guidance in the form of political agendas which RRI has to follow. One of these agendas focuses on gender equality, taking two aspects into account:
Gender balance in research teams
Promoting gender balance will be understood at all levels: not just inside teams but also in the management structures of the institutions taking part in research projects, with a balanced participation, the fairest possible between women and men.
Integrating the gender aspect into the research and innovation contents
Integrating gender/sex analyses into research and innovation content helps to improve the scientific quality and social relevance of the knowledge, technology and/or innovation produced, according to data from the European Commission. This integration refers to taking account of the gender/sex variable in research development, as well as its impact, communication and dissemination.