ACT at the ESA 2019 Conference

A presentation on the findings of the Community Mapping survey at the 14th ESA Conference


Paulina Sekuła and Marta Warat, researchers from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and the members of the ACT consortium, gave a presentation on “Communities of Practice and Gender Equality in Academia: Challenging the Status Quo Through Knowledge Exchange” at the 14th Conference of the European Sociological Association (“Europe and Beyond: Boundaries, Barriers and Belonging, Manchester, United Kingdom, 20 – 23 August 2019).

The presentation is based on the findings of the survey conducted under the framework of the H2020 project ACT to map practitioners and experts who are currently engaged in the advancement of gender equality objectives at universities, research centres and research funding organisations across Europe. It examines to what extent Communities of Practice can increase the engagement for institutional change and quality of outcomes by establishing and stimulating groups of practitioners who share the same concern and learn from each other to to strengthen the effectiveness of gender equality work. Particularly, the paper analyses activities and measures developed to advance gender equality in Polish research institutions, assesses their current needs, successes and barriers in implementing gender equality and maps their existing collaboration in this area. It also looks into internal and external factors that are seen as critical to improve gender equality in research and academia.

The presentation has been prepared by Marta Warat, Ewa Krzaklewska, Paulina Sekuła, Ewelina Ciaputa (Jagiellonian University in Poland) and Sybille Reidl, Lisa Schön (Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft MBH). 

More information about the Community Mapping Survey can be found here: