Gender Dimension, Equality and Ethics Board

Raising Awareness

Within GEEB, C4U, partners and hopefully with impact on their institutions, CCUS community, and beyond.


Concious selections of speakers, changes in management team and more.

Gender + Minority

Despite all efforts, we are still far away from a balanced representation.



E.g. listen, be available and be heard at conferences and workshops.


There are numerous small actions that we can all adopt to change the system one small action at a time, increase diversity and create a more inclusive, cooperative atmosphere.

The GEEB has collected a series of recommendations to help you make the change we want to see.

The following selection of links also provides an opportunity to learn more about gender equality and how it affects society.

Suggestions and further ideas are always welcome, please contact Dorothee or Elena.

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Simple practical steps to slowly disrupt the system and promote change

  1. When you’re invited to a panel or an event, check the agenda. Is it an all-white all-male speaker list? Comment on it! If you are a white male invited on such a panel, refuse to participate and give diversity as a reason. It’s an item, see on Twitter (although it’s been abandoned since two years, probably not for lack of #allmalepanels).
  2. In case of #1, or when you’re organizing an event, think 5 minutes longer or go on LinkedIn to be able to give suggestions for suitable women to replace yourself or populate the agenda. This really takes effort.
  3. In meetings, reinforce points made by minorities and younger people, by naming them in your own comments. Research indicates that women and minorities are often not acknowledged in the same way, and it is empowering to realise that others take note and support of their views.
  4. Use your own network. Make it a habit to introduce people at events to each other. Look for possible common interests between colleagues and encourage a discussion.
  5. Make an extra effort to connect with minorities at events, show interest on substance.
  6. In papers, cite women and papers written by researchers from developing countries to increase their visibility in the academic literature. Research indicates that women are not cited as much as men.
  7. When writing evaluations, reference letters and reviewing paper, reflect on whether any of your comments may have been influenced by unconscious bias. Imagine if a man, not a woman, is the subject of your evaluation, would it make a difference?
  8. Facilitate networking practices, both in formal and informal settings:
    • As chair of a formal meeting, actively make sure that:
      There are discussion guidelines that everyone agrees to
      • Listen respectfully, without interrupting
      • Actively listening while trying to emphasis with other views
      • Criticize ideas, not individuals

      Open a more balanced discussion round

      • By actively inviting more women, social scientists and early researchers to speak
      • by also repeating and referring to their ideas within the discussion
    • Organize opportunities for informal networking
      • informal discursive open spaces to engage in debates and exchange of knowledge without the pressure of deadlines and deliverables also regardless of the expertise
      • informal online activities to establish a connection with the other members

How to feel more included in your workplace

  • Find out what support networks are already in place in your institute
  • Join subgroups in your institute, in case you are not comfortable to go alone, ask a colleague to participate too
  • Take advantage of a mentor system, or become a mentor yourself
  • Find out who are the persons in a position of trust
  • Get to know your representative for women, disabled persons, minorities
  • Use offers for professional development, ask for specific topics when needed, search for recommendations
  • Vote for women and people form minority groups into representative groups such as staff council, boards
  • Look for like-minded people
  • Be sensitive yourself, i.e. evaluate your communications, be aware of potential harm due to your own actions
  • Offer support when needed
  • Be authentic
  • Do not look away when something is wrong, don’t be silent