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Best Practices in Supporting Women

All entries to the Minerva Informatics Equality Award are shared below as a source of ideas for all. They are listed under the respective award categories:

  • Developing the careers of female faculty (2016)
  • Supporting the transition for female PhD and postdoctoral researchers into faculty positions (2017)
  • Encouraging female students to enroll in Informatics programmes and retaining them (2018)

For more best practices for attracting, retaining and developing women in Informatics research and education: check out  Informatics Europe's best practice booklet: More Women in Informatics Research and Education.


  • Block the perception of the glass ceiling

    Submitted by Abo Akademi University, Turku, Finland, Department of Computer Science, 2016

    Initiatives taken: Equality and Equal Treatment action plan to

    • improve the participation and visibility of women
    • develop female role models and mentors
    • develop working conditions that suit both genders
    • allow for positive discrimination in case of gender representation under 40%

    View full submission and measures of impact:


    Increase the number of female academics and promotions (2016 winner)

    Submitted by University College of London, UK, Department of Computer Science, 2016

    Initiatives taken:  the ADVANCE initiative is a structured programme for career progression focussing on

    • the transition from contract research positions to permanent lectureships
    • addressing life-work balance issues
    • improving promotion procedures
    • awareness training for all staff
    • providing support for informal networking and mentoring.

    View full submission and measures of impact:


    Boost female recruitment and careers

    Submitted by Radboud University, the Netherlands, Institute for Computing and Information Sciences, 2016

    Initiatives taken:

    • appointment of at least one female staff in the advisory appointment committee, equal or senior to the position advertised.
    • run EGERA (Effective Gender Equality in Research and Academia) workshop in the Institute , resulting in a Gender Awareness Training with recommendations for recruitment, support and promotion
    • women mentoring program
    • creation of the Women in Computing Science Group
    • creation of the Working Group Gender Policy

    View full submission and measures of impact:


    Support teaching-focused female staff to become research-active

    Submitted by: University of Sunderland, UK, Department of Computing, Engineering and Technology, 2016

    Initiatives taken:

    • Funding of part-time PhD study
    • Funding small-scale research projects in new areas of informatics
    • Provide support of a female research mentor

    View full submission and measures of impact:

  • The 2017 Minerva Informatics Equality Award will recognize best practices in departments or faculties of European universities and research labs that support the transition for PhD and postdoctoral female researchers into faculty positions. Entries will be published by end 2017.

  • The 2018 Minerva Informatics Equality Award will recognize best practices in departments or faculties of European universities and research labs that encourage female students to enroll in Informatics programmes and retaining them. Entries will be published by end 2018.