Gender in Innovation - Innovation in Clusters

The project was focused on the gender mainstreaming in clusters in the Moravian–Silesian Region. The main goal was to support the equality of gender in all innovation spheres and boost the innovation potential of clusters by means of gender perspective application with experiences and the best practise from Norway.

Projects concentrated on a better exploitation of the gender perspective in innovation processes of cluster organisations and their members (enterprises, educational/research organisations and other supportive institutions) for the benefit of the improvement of their competitiveness.

Clusters are considered as an important part of the innovation infrastructure, the vehicle of the regional specialisation and competitive advantage. The main goal of the project was to support the equality of gender in all innovation spheres and boost the innovation potential of clusters by means of gender perspective application.

The project aimed to contribute to the optimisation of the use of the women potential for innovation. The project topics also include the inclusion and maintaining of women in the working process by means of suitable solutions for reconciling work and family life, better understanding of the gender inequality in the innovation cycle and also the use of different kinds of incentives for the industry and research to create gender balance in research and innovation teams.

The project was finnished successfully in November 2015 and it achieved its goals. All outputs of the projects are in Czech language and thery are available on the project website: http://www.nca.cz/cs/gender-v-inovacich-inovace-v-klastrech

PROJECT ACTIVITIES:

  • Seminar Gender in Innovation

The seminar was organised within the implementation of the Gender in Innovation – Innovation in Clusters project (12/2014-11/2015) co-financed by the Norway Grants through the Open Society Fund Prague. The seminar aimed to increase the awareness of gender in innovation processes through the transfer of the best practise from Norway presented by Torunn Aass Taralrud, the Norwegian partner of the project.

Agenda of the seminar is here.

  • Analyses of strategic documents

Analyses of the national and regional strategic documents in the field of innovation and competitiveness of the Czech Republic concerned:

  • National Innovation Strategy of the Czech Republic 2012-2020
  • International Competitiveness Strategy 2010-20 Czech Republic
  • Regional Innovation Strategy of the Moravian-Silesian Region2010-20

The aim of this activity was to assess the extent and the use of gender-sensitive approach in the strategic documents and to evaluate the degree of its implementation. 

  • Benchmarking study

Following the analysis of strategic documents in the field of innovation and competitiveness of the Czech Republic, the benchmarking of these Czech documents and similar documents from Norway was made by Daniela Folkestad.

To get more information about the results of the analyses, please contact the manager of the project.

  • Gender audits of member firms of clusters in the Moravian-Silesian Region

In early June 2015 the gender audits of member firms of the cluster organisation operating in the Moravian-Silesian Region were initiated to provide a report how the firms exploit the potential of the equal opportunities for women and men to enhance innovation. The results of the gender audits should help to boost innovation potential of the cluster organisations.

Under the guidance of the gender experts, Ivana Mariankova and Radim Misiacek, the audits passed the member firm of the Moravian-Silesian Automotive Cluster, the IT Cluster and the SINEC cluster of social innovation and enterprise.

  • Compilation of outputs of the project Gender in Innovation - Innovation in Clusters

The electronical compilation of outputs of the project Gender in Innovation - Innovation in Clusters was published by National Cluster Association at the end of the project. It is available only in Czech language.

“The Project is being supported by the Open Society Fund Prague from the Let’s Give (Wo)men a Chance programme, financed from Norway Grants. With Norway Grants, Norway contributes towards a reduction in economic and social disparity and the strengthening of mutual cooperation in Europe. It promotes, above all else, environmental protection, research and scholarships, civil society development, health care, children, gender equality and an improvement in the efficiency of justice. The Let’s Give Women a Chance programme promotes equal opportunities for women and men both in their work and personal lives as well as prevention and help for victims of domestic and gender-based violence in the Czech Republic. It is operated by the Open Society Fund Prague, which has been developing values of open society and democracy in the Czech Republic since 1992.”


Contact persons:
Pavla Bruskova, bruskova@nca.cz, +420 731 505 929
Zuzana Polova, project manager, polova@nca.cz, +420 773 032 220
 
Links to websites:
Open Society Fund Prague: www.osf.cz
Norway Grants: eeagrants.org
Let’s Give (Wo)men a Chance programmewww.dejmezenamsanci.cz