EU Horizon 2020 project

A large scale EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation project contributing to the Trans-Atlantic Research Alliance and GEO.

62 Partners, 18 Countries

International integration of Atlantic ocean observing activities – further supporters / members are welcome.

Gender and Diversity in AtlantOS

Gender and Diversity action plan outline

(Definition for diversity: geographic – thus ‘Gender and geography’)

Quantitative indicators

  • Collect statistics on gender, age, nationality, position in institution, and position in project -> on AtlantOS Committees, participants in meetings, beneficiaries of project
    Such survey will be carried out parallel to each periodic reporting in AtlantOS.
  • At every meeting/workshop have a gender count
  • Ensure this meets EC ethical rules on the collection of data
  • Publish results and trends with all participants (short presentation at meetings, on the web, as formal reporting for EC)

Qualitative indicators

  • Survey all participants in AtlantOS meetings about participation in meetings, not just their representation – i.e., did they feel like they participated actively in discussion, in making decisions?
  • Develop a web tool – anonymous and immediate feedback to survey on role in workplace: do they feel like they participate actively in decision-making? (survey should ideally be done twice during the lifetime of the project – test if awareness-raising in AtlantOS made some difference) separate results by gender and geography and age
  • publicize results


  • Raise awareness
    • Make all participants aware of Horizon 2020 gender objectives
    • Present results of other projects that are more gender focused in science / marine science [like Baltic Gender]

Career development (promoting gender and age diversity)

  • “Women in AtlantOS” web page with profiles for visibility of women who are active in the project
  • Videos on women in AtlantOS 

Further ideas to explore:

Mentoring programme within AtlantOS

  • for women
  • for geographic diversity (but this requires funding)
  • lighter alternatives not requiring dedicated funding:
    • “Ask Mary”:  volunteer established women within the project who could answer questions by younger women in project.  
    • “Meet the professor”: senior women scientists in a special session (pack lunch) where younger participants (male and female) can ask questions about career development.
  • WP8 competition for development of apps to deliver AtlantOS data for specific services -> gender equality/quota in the winner of the prize?