25 February 2019 in Brussels Bel conference center the 1st ACT project International Synergy Conference was held.  The project is aiming to advance gender equality at research performing and research funding organizations by strengthening the existing infrastructure for knowledge sharing and mutual learning to increase gender expertise and engagement in the European Research Area. Taking into account that considerable advances made in the European Union in the last decade in these areas are rather scattered, ACT project is tackling the situation by developing a network of Communities of Practice.

Conference in  Brussels was geared towards getting the knowledge about the existing and potential members of the ACT Communities of Practice across Europe. The Conference started by Welcome speech of Ms. Signe Ratso , Deputy Director-General of the Directorate General for Research and Innovation of European Commission. The agenda of the event involved a general introduction about the ACT project, contributions from invited CoP experts and participatory activities with open discussions. The seven participatory consultation sessions on initial CoP setups and support scenarios moderated by ACT Seed partners was held during the conference. BASNET Forumas association took part in GENERA Community of Practice consultation sessions, coordinated by ACT partner DESY( Germany). During the session was decided to set future plans for the GENERA CoP and start activities. The conference was fruitful and useful for participating CoPs

Picture: During the GENERA Community of Practice consultation sessions, coordinated by ACT partner DESY (Germany), Photo made by Mr. Ben Pollitzer

Assoc. Professor Dalia Satkovskiene

BASNET Forumas president