E-discussion: Addressing Sexual Harassment in Research Organizations

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While the recruitment, advancement and retainment of women in research careers has been a priority for ERA for almost 20 years, dedicated attention to sexual harassment is relatively recent. The #MeTooAcademia and #MeTooSTEM movements have jumpstarted the discussion on the prevention of sexual harassment at the institutional level, as well as created a platform to discuss improving the way sexual harassment experiences and claims are dealt with within the research system.

This e-discussion aims to provide recent insights concerning the occurrence of, response to and prevention of sexual harassment in research performing and research funding organizations. During the first part of the e-discussion, our exchange will focus on understanding why sexual harassment is likely to occur in such settings, and the second part will be dedicated to discussing prevention and response strategies for policy makers.

This e-discussion is of interest to policy-makers as well as practitioners concerned with gender equality measures in universities and research institutions. We encourage the participation of researchers interested in the topic. Individual cases and experiences will not be discussed without consent. You are welcome to share insights in an international environment with experts from around Europe and beyond. The discussion is convened by dr Claartje Vinkenburg.

Invited experts (see below) will engage with participants to discuss the topics identified as well as issues and questions identified by participants.

Date and Time: 16th April 2020 14:00 - 16:00 CET




Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 15:07

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1 year 1 month ago
Posted by: c.j.vinkenburg
Welcome everyone to this e-discussion on Addressing Sexual Harassment in Research Organizations. We will discuss the occurrence of, response to and prevention of sexual harassment in research performing and research funding organizations, and the higher education sector more broadly.My name is Claartje Vinkenburg, I am an in-house consultant with Portia ltd, and in the ACT project I am leading...
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1 year 2 months ago
Posted by: c.j.vinkenburg
In preparation to the discussion, please take a look at these links to reports and other resources our experts worked on. Profiles of experts on sexual harassment in research organizations and higher education: Dr Fredrik Bondestam & Maja Lundqvist work at the Swedish Secretariate for Gender Research and have prepared a literature review on sexual harassment in academia in 2018 for...
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