Organising internal training workshops on the use of sex and gender analysis methods in Research

Problem (evidence)

Many research project applications are unsuccessful. Many results stemming from research projects were not relevant and applicable to society. There was a need to identify ways of making research projects more successful, relevant and visible.


To organise lectures and seminars about different aspects of gender variables in research with examples relevant to STEM, addressed to researchers, the HR office and the project office staff. Discussion about good practices and case studies, especially if they are connected with the area of NIC.


PLOTINA project team, Project office, PR office

Brief outcomes

We organized a workshop entitled: The role of gender in research. The workshop was held on 25TH of March, 2019 and was chaired by Dr. Jovana M. Trbovc. The workshops focused on the importance of the sex and gender in research. It also included examples of sexually sensitive research in STEM and analysis of tools and examples of such practices in our work environments and conditions.

Key area

Researchers and research: gender equality and sex and gender perspective

Type of action



Kemijski Inštitut, National Institute of Chemistry
Research institute

Action level of implementation



We organized a workshop at which 7 examples of real and ongoing research at NIC were analyzed for the sex/gender components. The participants were active researchers, who provided their experiences and opinions on the relevance and realistic possibilities of including gender variables in their research cases. We tried to identify the impact of the sexual dimension for each research case and ways of pointing it out.


There are research areas that do not allow the inclusion of a gender variable other than equal gender balance representation of researchers carrying the research.

Coping strategies

Researchers from different fields, such as basic and applied R&D and support services (e.g. project office), should be involved in the brainstorming for developing workshop content, to obtain balanced projects which include significant gender variables.

More detailed Outcomes/Impact

The key for the success of the workshop was its interactive character. Participants were able to identify, through concrete examples of their own research, how they could introduce gender variables into their research, and how important the inclusion of these variables can be.

Gender mainstreaming in research has enabled the preparation of more successful project applications and is already required as a criterion in most EU calls. The number of EU projects increased by more than 350% compared to projects between 2015 and 2019. Furthermore, the proportion of women researchers involved in EU projects increased. In 2019 there were 3 women EU project coordinators, compared to none in 2015. Such an approach contributes to the greater social importance of research and to the emergence of new research interdisciplinary issues

Reflection: what we would do differently

Each project application needs brainstorming in relation to where the gender variable could be included, how and with what impact. It would be a good idea to encourage workshop participants to present specific cases and allow discussion time for each one.