EU-Grant won for European Training Network on Achieving Gender Diversity

Posted on October 8th, 2020

Press release, Zug, 8 October 2020// EDGE Strategy is proud to announce the partnership with the "G-VERSITY - Achieving Gender Diversity" network, which recently received an EU-Grant for an innovative European Training Network (ETN).

EDGE Strategy is part of a successful application for an innovative European Training Network (ETN) which the European Union will fund with 4.1 million Euro from 2021-2024. From interdisciplinary perspectives the network “G-VERSITY – Achieving Gender Diversity” will determine how significant background factors affect educational and professional pathways of women and men, including sexual and gender minorities, and produce scientifically based interventions for use in the workplace – including workshops, guidelines, and training materials, to be applied by employers to attain gender diversity.

The academic partners involved in G-Versity are European research groups from psychology, education, management, business administration, media and communication studies at the University of Bern (Switzerland), Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), University of Helsinki (Finland), Radboud University (the Netherlands), University of Trieste (Italy), University of Surrey (UK), University of Stockholm (Sweden), the Institute of Psychology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, and The Open University (UK). The non-academic partners are EDGE Strategy – an organization running the leading certification for workplace gender equality, a city administration, a public broadcasting service, a media training centre, and three non-profit organizations.

G-Versity will provide 15 PhD positions for international early career researchers who demonstrate a high motivation to do research on gender diversity and a strong desire to work in a trans-disciplinary research environment.

All PhD positions are published on EURAXESS:

The submission deadline for applicants is November 15 2020.


EDGE Strategy is hosting the following two projects within the partnership:

Benchmarking current diversity management strategies (Switzerland)

Aniela Unguresan, MBA, EDGE Strategy AG, Zurich/Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Marie Gustafsson Sendén, University of Stockholm, Sweden

Although many different gender diversity strategies are currently in use in companies (e.g., leadership accountability, measurement, reporting, pay equity, flexible work arrangement), their effectiveness in terms of changing the culture of the organizations to become more inclusive as well as changing the representation so that it becomes more gender-balanced  is disputed. The aims of this PhD project is to assess existing diversity management strategies in organisations and to benchmark diversity management strategies.

Train the sponsor — Implementation of a new mentoring training (Switzerland)

Aniela Unguresan, MBA, EDEGE Strategy AG, Zurich/Switzerland

Dr. Harriet Tennebaum, University of Surrey/UK

Effective mentoring fosters equal career opportunities for women, men, sexual and gender minorities in the workplace. The success of mentoring can be increased by instrumental support (sponsoring). The aim of this PhD project is to develop and validate a scientifically based evaluation framework to monitor the effectiveness of mentoring and sponsorship as well as for a scientifically based training for mentors and sponsors.

More information about the project and the network can be found here.

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