Making Young Researchers' Voices Heard for Gender Equality CA20137

The main aim of the VOICES COST Action is to increase visibility of inequalities faced by Young Researchers and Innovators (YRIs) from a gender perspective and to promote a sustainable dialogue between YRIs and stakeholders in the research ecosystem at the systemic level (European & national policy-makers) and the institutional level (senior researchers, academic managers) by creating a community of gender equality practitioners composed of various stakeholders (YRIs, researchers, academic managers, organizations) across Europe and beyond.

The key challenges addressed by VOICES are:

  • How to enforce policies that ensure better career prospects and career development within and outside academia (ensuring that female YRIs have the pertinent skills, mentoring and networking opportunities needed for intersectoral mobility), as well as appropriate working conditions for female YRIs and a fair and attractive research environment
  • How to better integrate YRIs and their interests into decision-making bodies
  • How to further share and disseminate knowledge on gender as a research dimension in PhD & post-doc training and R&I content
  • How to tackle gender-based violence at early career stage within academia, and to disrupt current sexist discourses that sustain violence in R&I institutions
  • How to introduce an intersectional analysis to research policies to account for a more complex understanding of how inequalities play out at early career stage
  • How to assess the effectiveness and impact of measures aimed at YRIs and their career progression
  • How to tackle the implementation gap of gender equality plans and make sure they are inclusive of YRIs’ specific challenges

What is in it for the Western Balkans?

Several stakeholders from the region already participate - see the overview on the COST programme website:

The working groups remain open for further researchers to join. How can you participate?

  • Read the Project Description MoU
  • Inform the Main Proposer/Chair of your interest (email)
  • Apply to join your Working Groups of interest
  • Please note, Management Committee nominations are carried out through the COST National Contact Points


Project type
  • COST
Country of the coordinating institution
Geographical focus
  • General/no specific focus
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary
  • Engineering and Technology
  • General
  • Humanities
  • Medical and Health Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences
October 2021 - October 2025

Entry created by Elke Dall on June 9, 2022
Modified on June 9, 2022