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Dr. phil. Ralitsa Petrova-Stoyanov
Science with and for Society
Project duration:
01.01.2019 to 30.04.2023
EU contribution:
2.977.008,75 euros
  EU flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824544.  


Supporting and Implementing Plans for Gender Equality in Academia and Research


SPEAR supports the implementation of Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) in Research Performing Organisations (RPOs). The project offers supportive structures comprised in its interconnected Community of Learning (CoL) and Community of Practice (CoP). CoL will provide learning platforms while CoP provides an arena for experience exchanges. Both these are crucial to successful and sustainable implementation of GEPs, a key instrument to improving gender equality.
SPEAR’s central objective is to implement GEPs in its nine implementing RPOs. Based on a step-by-step guide to GEP implementation devised by the European Institute for Gender Equality, SPEAR follows a distinct methodological path committed to creative, open, mitigating, processual, accountable, SMART and sustainable changes (SPEAR’s COMPASS).


  • Syddansk Universitet, Denmark (Coordinator)
  • Uppsala Universitet, Sweden
  • Europa Media Nonprofit Ltd., Hungary
  • Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbh, Austria
  • International Business School Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Plovdivski Universitet Paisiy Hilendarski, Bulgaria
  • Vilniaus Universitetas, Lithuania
  • Vytauto Didziojo Universitetas, Lithuania
  • Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Sveuciliste u Rijeci, Croatia