A European project created under the 7th Framework Programme, GenPORT is a collaborative website created as a portal for sharing knowledge and guidelines on practices on gender and science. The project is coordinated by the Group for Gender and ICT (IN3-UOC) and has partnerships with PORTIA (United Kingdom), the Giacomo Brodolini Foundation (Italy), the Universitas de Matthiae Belli (Slovakia), Orebro Universitet (Sweden) and GESIS (Germany).
The portal covers all the sciences, from human and social sciences to natural sciences and engineering, and offers resources and services to experts and all those interested in incorporating the gender perspective in research, as well as a place where universities can share information on the subject and find resources.
Another objective of GenPORT is to create scientific communities for sharing materials, ideas and creating synergies for future collaborations. In this sense, the UOC’s website has been designed to take into consideration the interrelationships between the users, resources and organisations.
The project could become a useful tool to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in that it offers resources on how to make science consider the situation of women and girls. This can ensure that their needs are considered and that they benefit from scientific progress and innovation.
In terms of access to economic resources and educational materials, GenPORT has prepared materials on the current research and public policies regarding gender equality in universities and research organisations. The portal has other resources to ensure that women have equal opportunities in their research and science careers.
And with regard to the environment, GenPort organised on the 23rd and 24th February 2016 and ‘e-Discussion on Incorporating Gender into H2020 Climate & Environment Research, Horizon 2020 calls “Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials” about how to incorporate the gender perspective in this field in order to create synergies in knowledge for designing European projects. This meeting was attended by international experts, who reflected on the challenges of managing the consequences of climate change and natural disasters which affect women differently, and how the gender impact can be considered on technical innovations in this field.
The portal has more than 350 users, and 200 organisations have a profile on the website. Currently, the users have contributed more than 800 resources. The impact on the social networks of people who see the project’s publications on Twitter is an average of 21,000 views per month in the last year.