28thFebruary to 1st March 2019, Workshop on "Gender Equality and Gender-Conscious Teaching in Science“, Kiel

This workshop will bring together lecturers (teaching staff) in marine science or natural science but it is also open for all interested staff at the partner institutions for examining methods for the integration of the gender perspective into teaching content, didactics, and materials.  The participants will take a look at the various effects of gender and gender inequality on the students and professionals in academia.

The workshop, guided by Pia Garske ( ), has three main objectives:

1) to deepen the understanding of how gender plays a role in academic teaching;

2) to learn what methods and tools can be used for gender-sensitive teaching;

3) to create a network of gender-sensitive teaching staff from the partner institutions.

If you have further questions please do not hesitate to contact:


14th to 16th January 2019, Workshops on "Gender in Research", Rostock

Unconscious bias concerns everyone. That´s why a workshop series on aspects of gender equality and diversity in research was set up at the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde to sensitize scientific and administrative staff members including top-management, leaders and young scientists. The training was made possible due to financial support of BG. A special workshop for PhD students and PostDocs is embedded in the IOW "Skills Week" 2019 to which all IOW Bachelor and master students as well as PhD candidates and PostDocs are invited. Sociologist and gender expert Katrien Van der Heyden (Nesma Consulting bvba, Mortsel, Belgium) will familiarize the participants with current concepts on gender and diversity. Challenges and tips for promotion of equal opportunities in research institutions shall be discussed and much room shall be given for exchange of experiences.


04 September 2018, Workshop on “Gendered Innovations in Science and Engineering”, Kiel

How does sex and gender apply to research, especially to marine science and technology? During the workshop, which was led by Prof. Londa Schiebinger from Stanfort University and Director of “Gendered Innovations in Science, Medicine, Engineering, and Environment Project” 16 participants from Geomar, CAU, Kiel UAS and IOW discussed very lively about the relevance of sex and gender in their own research questions. The well-known Prof. Londa Schiebinger introduced several case studies on how gender analysis can profoundly enhance human knowledge in these areas and the participants discussed how gender analysis could be applicable to shape their research questions.


01 August 2018 - 31 July 2020,  Mentoring

The second round of the Baltic Gender Mentoring Scheme is dedicated to female 3rd year PhD students, (early to mid-career) female marine scientists holding a doctoral degree and female engineers. The scheme starts in August 2018 and will continue for 2 years providing each successful mentee with financial support (3.000 €), e.g. for conference or/and publication fees, travel costs to mentor and professional training courses. The deadline for applications has been extended until 30.06.2018. Please see the flyer for more information.


14-15 June 2018, Workshop on "Gender Equality and Gender-Conscious Teaching in Science“, Kiel UAS

The 2-days workshop focused on gender & diversity aspects in academic teaching, provided methods and tools for gender- and diversity-sensitive lecturing and, moreover, gave space for lively discussions. The training was led by Pia Garske, a political scientist from the University of Göttingen. The participants gained insights and new perspectives on the various effects of gender and diversity on performance and interpersonal behavior of students and staff in higher education institutions. The 17 participants from the partner institutions in Estonia, Lithuania, Sweden and Germany were an interdisciplinary mixed group. In the evening the workshop participants visited the Media Dome and the cultural centre Bunker-D located at the campus of Kiel UAS.


30-31 May 2018, Annual meeting, Tallinn

The third annual meeting of Baltic Gender was held in Tallinn, Estonia, on the 30th and 31st of May. The focus of the meeting was on the implementation of Gender Equality Plans in the eight scientific institutions, which are partners of the project. Sex-segregated data on qualitative and quantitative indicators, which show the status-quo of gender issues in the institutions, were presented. The results of the indicator data, together with a wealth of information derived from other tasks of the Baltic Gender project, will lead to recommendations for new or improved targets, actions and measures for the Gender Equality Plan of each partner institution. 


29 May 2018, Workshop on “Methods and test cases to include gender aspects in marine research”, Tallinn

The workshop provided a space for the testing of a novel method protocol for integrating a gender dimension (gender aspects) into marine research. The participants were the Baltic Gender partners and advisory board members. The objectives of this workshop are to act as the first common discussion ground for the development of a method protocol and to specify the testing strategies to be followed in the participating institutions.


16−17 April 2018, 1st Mentoring Meeting, Rostock

This meeting brought together the participants of the first round of the Baltic Gender Mentoring Scheme. For the mentees, it was the first opportunity to meet and get to know each other. As the meeting was open to the mentors as well, two mentors followed the invitation to take part in the workshops offered during the two days of the meeting. The main purpose was to enable the exchange between the participants and to provide basic knowledge on gender and diversity. Therefore, this year's event centered on a workshop on gender in research complemented by a science coaching. A guided tour through the scientific exhibition and Günter Grass exhibits of the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Science rounded off the event.


03 April 2018, Course on "How to understand and promote gender equality in the organization", Tallinn

The training course, led by Ülle-Marike Papp and Riina Kütt, was attended by the high and middle management as well as the leaders at UT-EMI. The following topics were covered:

  • ABC of gender equality
  • Gender issues in science (history, scientific studies and surveys, and emphasis).
  • Gender issues in the organization.
  • Gender Equality Plan (analysis, planning, implementation, monitoring, factors of success, obstacles). 
  • Mapping the situation, identifying priorities.
  • Useful materials for dealing with gender issues within the organization.

26-28 February 2018, Course on "Gender and leadership", Lund 

The course was led by the Barefoot Thinking Company Ltd with the aim of training female and male scientists from the partner organisations of Baltic Gender in leadership measures and at the same time raising awareness of the current gender structures within and among the organisations. The modules included unconscious bias, thinking styles, how to give feedback and the value of active listening, communication challenges and strategic thinking. With twenty-four participants from the partner organizations participating, the venue was full of energy during the discussions. The take-home message of the course is that awareness and leadership are intermixed and we can all improve.


04 September 2017 - 05 November 2017 Creative Contest for Youth (ages 14-18)

Baltic Gender recieved 29 artworks submissions (youth of age 14-18) for the Youth Creative Contest designed to urge the youth to develop an understanding of gender issues related to marine science and technology. The title of the contest was Insight into women in Marine Science and Technology

The authors of the best three artworks are announced here.

Contest posters English, Estonian, Finish, German, Lithuanian and Swedish.  Links for Official Contest Rules and Parental consent form


  © Šmitaitė Ieva

01 October 2017 - 30 September 2019,  Mentoring

The first round of the Baltic Gender Mentoring Scheme is dedicated to early career female marine scientists (holding a doctoral degree for less than 4 years) and engineers (having their highest degree for less than 4 years), who are employed at the participating institutions. The first round started in October 2017 and will continue for 2 years providing each successful mentee with financial support (3.000 €), e.g. for conference or/and publication fees, travel costs to mentor and professional training courses.

Mentees and mentors will get together during a first meeting to be held on the 16-17 April 2018 at the IOW, Warnemünde. The agenda of this meeting includes a training on gender competence for the mentees and mentors, provided by Katrien Van der Heyden (NESMA Consulting bvba), and a career-coaching module for mentees, provided by Stephanie von Neuhoff and Holger von Neuhoff (


30 May - 01 June 2017, Annual meeting, Helsinki

The annual meeting of Baltic Gender was held in the SYKE premises in Helsinki between the 30th of May and 1st of June 2017. On the first day, the consortium members received a training (by Yellow Window) on setting up, implementing, monitoring and evaluating Gender Equality Plans. On the last two days, the consortium had discussions on various aspects of how GEPs will be implemented in the partner organizations.

Click here for the agenda.


06 - 07 October 2016, Kick-off meeting, Kiel

The kick-off meeting of Baltic Gender took place on the 6th and 7th of October at GEOMAR in Kiel, Germany. Eight partner institutions in five countries around the Baltic Sea came together to discuss the start of their work programme. The last day was dedicated to a training on “gender in research context” given by Yellow Window.

The project will run for 4 years, in which project partners will hold virtual meetings every second month and meet annually to discuss the implementation their work programme in person.