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ATHENA - Implementing gender equality plans to unlock research potential of RPOs and RFOs in Europe
Duration: 1. 2. 2021 - 31. 1. 2025
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Program: Horizont 2020
Project leader: doc. PhDr. Bianchi Gabriel, DrSc.
SAS cosolvers: Mgr. Holubová Barbora, PhD., Mgr. Očenášová Zuzana, PhD., Mgr. Šudila Žilinská Miroslava
Annotation: One of the main objectives of Europe’s societies is the elimination of all types of discrimination associated with gender. Despite a high number of highly skilled female graduates, there is still very few of them embracing a research career. With almost 60% of women graduates in EU, only one third of the EU’s researchers are women. In this context, ATHENA project aims at removing barriers to the recruitment, retention and career progression of female researchers; address gender imbalances in decision making processes and generate a cultural change needed to avoid future gender bias and discriminatory practices through the implementation of Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) in 6 Research Performing and 2 Research Funding organisations. These targeted organisations belong to Central Eastern EU countries and EU outermost regions that show some of the lowest Gender Equality Indexes in the EU. Thanks to the implementation of the GEPs, ATHENA will contribute to unlocking the research potential of these organisations thus improving the overall performance of the European Research Area and helping to close the innovation divide by avoiding the waste of talent and inefficient use of skilled women from weaker regions of the EU. To ensure systemic institutional change, ATHENA will first conduct an assessment of procedures and practices already in place in partner RPOs and RFOs, together with an analysis of the national legislation and policy frameworks. In parallel, it will put in place a participatory process aimed, on one side, to understand the needs and the preferences of the stakeholders and, on the other side, to train them with regard to selected topics related to gender. Based on these two approaches GEPs will be drafted, implemented and monitored in each partner organisation.This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovationprogramme under grant agreement No 101006416.
Partner countries: Bulgaria, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain
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Explaining the Effects of Social Identity Complexity on Majority Members Acculturation Preferences
Duration: 1. 1. 2024 - 31. 12. 2024
Evidence number: Seedcorn Grant of the European Association of Social Psychology
Program: Bilaterálne - iné
Project leader: Mgr. Poslon Xenia Daniela, PhD.
Annotation: Social psychology has provided numerous tools to improve intergroup relations, while approaches emphasizing common identity with the outgroup and recategorization of groups using multiple categories have shown most potential. Yet, these strategies, primarily centered on challenging the perception of a single outgroup, pose certain limitations, especially regarding generalizability. In contrast, approach based on social identity complexity focuses on a more complex perception of the self instead of merely diminishing the psychological boundaries between ingroups and outgroups. Social identity complexity refers to an individual\'s subjective representation of the interrelationships among their multiple group identities, and it has been already associated with greater outgroup tolerance and improved attitudes, including greater approval of affirmative action and multiculturalism. The aim of the project is to establish and investigate the link between perceiving social complexity of one’s own social identity and the tendency to perceive more complexity within the outgroups, and examine possible underlying mechanisms of the link between social identity complexity and positive intergroup attitudes in the context of perceptions for immigrants’ acculturation.
Partner countries: Italy, Turkey, United Kingdom
Social survey of Ukrainian migrants in Slovakia
Duration: 1. 9. 2023 - 31. 12. 2024
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Program: Bilaterálne - iné
Project leader: Mgr. Lášticová Barbara, PhD.
SAS cosolvers: Mgr. Ing. Bahna Miloslav, PhD., Mgr. Fedáková Denisa, PhD., Ing. Mezihorák Petr, PhD., Mgr. Očenášová Zuzana, PhD., Mgr. Papcunová Jana, PhD., Mgr. Petrjánošová Magda, PhD., Mgr. Poslon Xenia Daniela, PhD., Mgr. Prošek Tomáš, PhD., Mgr. Wilsch Martina, PhD.
Partner countries: Czech Republic, Slovakia


Social Psychology Ambassadors of the EASP
Duration: 1. 4. 2022 - 31. 3. 2024
Evidence number: European Association of Social Psychology - Extraordinary grant
Program: Iné
Project leader: Mgr. Lášticová Barbara, PhD.
SAS cosolvers: Mgr. Poslon Xenia Daniela, PhD.
Annotation: Recent studies highlight inequalities within the discipline of social psychology and structural disadvantages faced by researchers from, among others, the region of South and Eastern Europe. Building on these insights, the project takes a lead in a systematic and community-oriented form of action. This proposal aims to establish and empower a network of social psychologists from ten countries within the region of South and East Europe (Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Latvia) and facilitate their further integration into the European community.
Partner countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Lithuania, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine
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