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Guidelines for gender equality and to improve diversity

This COST action (CA17137) has already committed in the memorandum of understanding to balance as much as possible the gender distribution of the proposers, to ensure a proper geographical representation of the networkers and to implement actions that will ease the participation to the schools and workshop.

We will follow the main COST Excellence and Inclusiveness guidelines to:

  • Ensure that the ACTION is geographical spread and involves the Inclusiveness Target Countries. This will allow to identify excellence in science and technology across Europe, to ease the access to funding and infrastructures by research communities and to trigger structural changes in Members’ national research systems.
  • Involve early career investigators. This will empower young talents at the beginning of their careers to acquire the necessary recognition and leadership.
  • Take into account the gender balance. In this respect equal opportunities have to be ensured and gender-friendly career advancement, overcoming stereotypes of women and science and supporting women’s leadership.

In all the selection procedures (for short term scientific missions, schools, workshop, etc.) we will support more equitable participation and opportunity, addressing the additional inequalities and pressures that underrepresented scientists face as they pursue their education and career. At the same time we will profit of the skills, talents, and experiences that people of different races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, genders, and economic classes bring.

Code of conduct for the COST Action CA17137 G2net

This COST action aims at making collaboration productive and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of colour, creed, religion, citizenship, national origin, ethnicity and/or cultural background, age, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status and disability. We are committed to building and maintaining a positive, safe, diverse and inclusive working environment.

We have a zero tolerance approach toward harassment and are committed to taking all action necessary to prevent, and where reported, resolve incidents of harassment and discrimination. Harassment and exclusionary behavior includes, but is not limited to: threats of violence; discriminatory jokes and language; sharing sexually explicit or violent material via electronicdevices or other means; personal insults, especially those using racist or sexist terms; unwelcome sexual attention; advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.

We expect our members to comply with the general COST code of conduct described in this link: and we highlights here following recommendations:

  • Behave professionally.
  • All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate.
  • Be respectful. An environment where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive or creative one.
  • Be open and honest about potential conflicts of interest. Members of the COST Action should avoid conflicts of interest and circumstances that present the appearance of a conflict.
  • We can find strength in diversity. Make differences into strengths. Different people have different perspectives on issues, and that can be valuable for solving problems or generating new ideas.
  • Be kind to others. Choose your words carefully. Do not insult or put down other members.

Any member who wishes to report a violation of this policy is asked to speak, in confidence, to the Diversity Advisor. The contact of the Diversity Advisor can be easily found at the Contacts page of our web site:


Gender Issues in Computer Science Research, Education, and Society

We are pleased to announce that on April 8th at 14:00 CET we will host a webinar by Letizia Jaccheri on the topic ‘Gender Issues in Computer Science Research, Education, and Society’. Letizia is the chair of the COST Action CA19122 – European Network For Gender Balance in Informatics. Her bio is available at:

Registration is mandatory in advance at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing all the information.

We should keep us safe, physically and mentally, and academia is not an exception. G2net welcomes any researcher in our COST Action, supporting a respectful environment.


The inclusion of further partners from currently participating COST Countries, or other countries within or outside the COST Network, is welcome and strongly encouraged during the entire duration of the Action.