The genderAG working group

The genderAG working group is a multi-organisation group involving the research agencies housed in the Haus der Forschung building. The goal of the working group is to increase the visibility of each organisation's gender mainstreaming activities in order to promote the topic of equal opportunities for women and men in the research world.

The working group was established in 2007 and since 2013 it includes experts from Austrian Cooperative Research (ACR), the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and Joanneum Research (JR). A major event in November 2007 defined the first focus area of the group's activities and represented its official kick-off. Together with experts from science and research, decision-makers from the member organisations and policy makers discussed the challenges for future equal opportunities policy and how the gender equality situation can be improved in the field of research.

In addition to the actions and measures taken within the organisations involved in the working group, the group plans to conduct its work, exchange knowledge and implement new initiatives across the organisations in the coming years. The genderAG working group is also meant to provide active stimuli for the implementation of equal opportunities in its member organisations.

These efforts focus on the following objectives also in the years 2014-2016:

  1. Promotion of gender issues in the member organisations: gender training seminars to be integrated into each organisation's training and training and education programme;
  2. Communication of the group's activities to the general public;
  3. Promotion of national and international gender discourse in the organisations.

The genderAG is currently working on the renewal of the action plan.

Information on our activities can be found on the webpages of the contributing organisations: