Female Empowerment in Science and Technology Academia - FESTA



Manuela Aye


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  Two female students studying at a table Peter Winandy

The EU project known as FESTA focuses on strengthening women in science and technology, and on creating more equitable colleges and universities. As part of FESTA, in other words through exchanges with international universities and research organizations, concrete organizational development measures will be designed and implemented at RWTH Aachen. In particular, more equal-opportunity framework conditions will encourage female scientists to remain at their respective higher-education institutions and to pursue a career in science.

A Wide Range of Measures

Workshops on identifying excellence in the work environment and on evaluating scientific work; group coaching for dissertation advisors; and presentations on equality indicators are directly aimed at the relevant actors, who thus become part of the higher-education evolution. An annual gender check records data about significant career factors, and forms the basis for deriving further target-oriented equal-opportunity activities. The members of appointment committees are supported in their concrete practice by a guideline on gender-equitable appointment procedures. FESTA particularly emphasizes the evaluation of pilot measures.

Project Length and Project Partners

FESTA will run from 2012 to 2017, and is supported by the 7th Research Framework Program of the European Commission. It is coordinated by Uppsala University in Sweden. In addition to RWTH Aachen, the project partners are South-West University “Neofit Rilski” in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria; Syddansk University in Odense, Denmark; Istanbul Technical University in Turkey; University of Limerick in Ireland; and the Bruno Kessler Foundation in Trento, Italy.

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