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Updated on: 29/01/2023
Led by a consortium of European universities, the RESET (Redesigning Equality and Scientific Excellence Together) project aims to place gender equality and diversity at the heart of scientific and academic policy-making.
RESET, which stands for Redesigning Equality and Scientific Excellence Together, deals with a subject that has long been a concern for the European Union, where equality between men and women has been made a major objective.
Selected within the framework of the "H2020 Science With And For Society" call for projects aimed at helping research organisations implement gender equality plans, RESET is led by a consortium of European universities recognised nationally as institutions of excellence.
The project is dedicated to removing the barriers that hinder women's careers in research and the academic world, from enrolment in a PhD programme to being hired for a permanent position. It seeks to increase the participation of women at all levels in scientific, strategic and leadership positions and to support gender mainstreaming in research and innovation activities.
RESET's operating procedures are based on two principles: co-design and intersectionality, defined as a scientific approach analysing the complex way in which origin, skin colour, class, gender and other individual characteristics overlap and intersect in the reality of processes and behaviour.
Promoting co-design and collective intelligence methods is an important facet of RESET. The member universities consider that an effective, sustainable, systemic and cultural change is achieved when it is user-centred. The gender equality action plan is built on a participatory approach and proposes measures adapted to the University of Bordeaux community in terms of equality, diversity and quality of working life.
The local project teams rely on the involvement of all communities of academia. One of RESET's expected impacts is to make co-design a regular policy-making practice, fully integrated in academic culture.
Scientific excellence is a widely used concept in academic and research communities. It is increasingly a prerequisite for pursuing a scientific career and for promoting research.
However, this concept remains unclear and even tends, under the guise of neutrality, to harm women's careers in research and academia.
The dissemination of excellence-based incentives to develop and finance the growth of research can accentuate that trend and potentially counteract the efforts currently aimed at supporting women in science.
As a result, through RESET, the aim is to help broaden the definition of scientific excellence, based on the societal impact and inclusive dimension of research, education and innovation, in order to meet societal objectives in a sustainable way.
RESET Project - Scientific Coordinator
University of Bordeaux RESET Project Manager