GENOVATE is a four-year collaborative European project involving partners in seven European universities. It is an action-research project based on the promotion of a Gender Equality Action Plan (GEAP) in each partner university. The project will draw on international best practice in supporting interventions in three key areas to promote gender equality in research and innovation: (i) recruitment, progression and research support; (ii) working environment, work-life balance and institutional culture, and finally, (iii) the increasingly important domain of standards and diversity in research excellence and innovation. The project will adopt a contextualised approach which will be supported by an ongoing knowledge-exchange system within the consortium and by ongoing participatory evaluation, both of which will maximise the shared learning of all partners at every step of the process.

GENOVATE is funded by an EU FP7 grant through the Science and Society topic SiS.2012.2.1.1-1 Ensuring equal opportunities for women and men by encouraging a more gender-aware management in research and scientific decision-making bodies.


GENOVATE Consortium

  • University of Bradford (Project Coordinator), UK
  • University College Cork, Ireland
  • Lulea University of Technology, Sweden
  • Ankara University, Turkey
  • Università degli Studi di Napoli, Italy
  • Trnava University in Trnava, Slovakia
  • University of Madrid (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Spain


School Staff from multiple schools involved including School of Applied Psychology
Discipline Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Staff members involved
  • Dr. Caitríona Ní Laoire, GENOVATE Scientific Coordinator, ISS21 and Applied Social Studies
  • Nicola Maxwell, National Project Coordinator, GENOVATE, ISS21
  • Siobhán O’Brien, Project Administrator, GENOVATE, ISS21
  • Dr. Carol Linehan, School of Applied Psychology and ISS21
  • Prof. Geraldine Boylan, UCC Equality Committee, and Dept of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Dr. Linda Connolly, Sociology and ISS21
  • Dr. Siobhan Cusack, Office of VP for Research and Innovation
  • Prof. Louise Kenny, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Prof. Irene Lynch-Fannon, Department of Law
  • Prof. Siobhán Mullally, Department of Law

Prof Helen Whelton, Graduate School, College of Medicine & Health; Dental School (Former team member)

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