Welcome to the Baltic Gender project

Baltic Consortium on Promoting Gender Equality

in Marine Research Organisations

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Fourth annual meeting of Baltic Gender was held in Klaipeda, Lithuania, on the 14th and 15th of May 2019. The focus of the meeting was the implementation and sustainability of Gender Equality Plans in the eight scientific institutions.


Our second Baltic Gender Mentee Meeting at IOW finished yesterday. 12 young researchers from the Baltic Sea region tackeled important topics: Gender & Diversity, Leadership & Communication and Conflict management in academia. Thanks to all the participants!! 











Baltic Gender as a stepping stone for scientific career development.







Mentee Cornelia Jaspers is awarded a Villum Young Investigator Programme grant of 10 Mio DKK to establish a research team at the National Institute of Aquatic Resources, Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen. Her project “Gelatinous zooplankton: Overlooked player in marine food webs, favoured under global change?” will address a largely ignored component of marine ecosystems, namely jellyfish and other soft bodied plankton organisms and investigate their response and adaptation potential to global change. Cornelia is among the successful top 10% of applicants ranging from astrophysics, mathematics, material engineering, biochemistry and genetics to earth system sciences, which were supported from the Velux Foundations. Congratulations!


Download the leaflet: Gender Equality in Marine Sciences: Best practices on structural change.


Download the leafletRecommendations for family -friendly strategies and institutional practices in higher education and research organisations. 


Download the summary report on the national legislations of Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania and Germany on gender equality.

Marine Science and Technology is traditionally a male-dominated field, with a significant lack of women in leadership positions. Therefore, there is an urgent need for change. Baltic Gender responds to the need of harvesting the whole capacity of men and women alike at all levels of research and in the technology teams to tackle the various challenges lying ahead in the marine environment.

Baltic Gender is an EU-funded project that brings together eight scientific institutions in five countries around the Baltic Sea to work on reducing gender inequalities in Marine Science and Technology. The project has been funded for 4 years, starting on the 1st of September 2016, by the HORIZON 2020 programme under the call for promoting “Gender Equality in Research and Innovation” and the topic of “Support to research organisations to implement gender equality plans” (GERI-4-2015). This topic is funded in 2016-2017 under SwafS call.

Acting as a platform for the exchange of institutional practices and the transfer of knowledge between the consortium partners, Baltic Gender will work towards the establishment and implementation of Gender Equality Plans in its partner institutions. These plans play an important role in committing institutions to long-term approaches, realistic targets and concrete measures. The project will also establish practical schemes and innovative strategies that promote gender equality.

Specific aims of the project are as following:

  • to promote gender-balanced career advancement in Marine Science and Technology, 

  • to establish strategies for promoting a family-friendly working culture,
  • to identify meaningful and effective structural changes in the partner institutions leading to an improvement of gender equality,
  • to develop methodologies for the enactment of gender-sensitive marine research,
  • to build competence and skills in gender sensitive teaching methods, 

  • to initiate gender focused training and mentoring in or across all partner institutions,
  • to develop recommendations to guide the implementation of Gender Equality Plans.


Baltic Gender Coordination Office

Mailing Address:

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Marine Meteorology, (West Shore Campus)
Düsternbrooker Weg 20, Room 417

D-24105 Kiel, Germany 


Project manager: Dr. Başak Kısakürek Ibsen

phone: +49 431 600-4056