The education was conducted in the context of CDT's Satin project. Katlijn Demuynck from Yellow window was the workshop's leader and the session is offered by the European Commission.
Maria Magdalena Holmgren is a doctoral student in leadership and innovation, at Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Center for Inter-organizational innovation research, CIIR. She was one of the participants at the workshop.
– The gender perspective must be mainstreamed in all research, otherwise it is not objective, says Maria Magdalena Holmgren.
– And I know from personal experience as a project leader that groups become more dynamic and that the quality of the results get better if both women's and men's experiences counts.
There will be consequenses if the gender dimension is excluded. If so, the oppurtunities for both men and women are limited, according to Maria Magdalena Holmgren.
– For example, role models. If we don't recognize ourselves in the standard image of an innovator or entrepreneur, as it appears in research or the media, the probably choose to do something else, says Maria Magdalena Holmgren.
Trying to change
An industry that traditionally is extremely homogeneous, is the process industry. Therefore, to raise awareness about diversity and gender issues, Process IT has started a to work towards change.
– Many of our project funders require us to work with these issues, says Pär-Erik Martinsson, project manager at Process IT.
– Now, we take that seriously and are trying to raise awareness in our organization through education. Ultimately, we hope that it leads to better projects and better innovations.
Both Maria Magdalena Holmgren and Pär-Martin Martinsson left the workshop with concrete tools, tools that they can continue to use in their projects.
– It was also valuable to see that our local efforts had so many similarities to how they think in Brussels, says Pär-Erik Martinsson.