The under-representation of women in science, engineering and technology is an issue both for the research community and the individuals. On the one hand, ICT has opened up new opportunities for flexible working, irrespective of time and location, thus reducing the possible disadvantages of women in terms of performance, related to family organization and management. On the other hand, statistics show that women are traditionally under-represented in the ICT sectors workforce, at all professional levels, derived from the gap in terms of number of women students in these areas.This NoE recognises that increasing women participation in NoE activities can work against this trend, and can ultimately lead to an improvement in research and education culture, policy and practice. To reach this goal, the consortium aspires to a gender-balanced participation in the network activities and the decision making within the project. The proposed activities will seek to broaden the participation of women in all fields of basic research and education within the scope by actively supporting female participation. In fact, maximising diversity enhances the quality of research by:
The actions that will be taken by the Consortium to promote gender equality in the frame of the NoE will be focused primarily on increasing the active participation of women in this research area. More specifically:
All the institutions participating to the project support and promote the equal treatment between men and women in the workplace. The Consortium recognizes that the number of women working on ICT is very low and needs to be increased by promoting specific actions to show the appeal and relevance of this area.