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Prof. Dr. Margreth Lünenborg and Prof. Dr. Carola Richter from the Institute of Media and Communication Studies are part of a successful application for an innovative European Training Network (ETN) which the European Union will fund with 4.1 million Euro from 2020-2024.From interdisciplinary perspectives the network “G-VERSITY – Achieving Gender Diversity” will determine how significant background factors affect educational and professional pathways of women and men, including sexual and gender minorities, and produce scientifically based interventions for use in the workplace—including workshops, guidelines, and training materials, to be applied by employers to attain gender diversity.

The academic partners involved in G-Versity are European research groups from psychology, education, management, business administration, media and communication studies at the University of Bern (Switzerland), Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), University of Helsinki (Finland), Radboud University (the Netherlands), University of Trieste (Italy), University of Surrey (UK), University of Stockholm (Sweden), the Institute of Psychology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, and The Open University (UK). The non-academic partners are EDGE – an organization running the leading certification for workplace gender equality, a city administration, a public broadcasting service, a media training centre, and three non-profit organisations.

G-Versity will provide 15 PhD positions for international early career researcherswho demonstrate a high motivation to do research on gender diversity and a strong desire to work in a trans-disciplinary research environment.

Two of them will be located at Freie Universität Berlin: Hanna Szabo works on the project "Acting out gender identity - Self-portrayal in digital media" under supervision of Prof. Dr. Carola Richter and Ana-Nzinga Weiss, being supervised by Prof. Dr. Margreth Lünenborg, researches on "What's on TV? The role of gender and social status in media representation".

High-level workshops and summer schools of G-VERSITY will also include partners at FU such as the Margaritha-von-Brentano-Center for Gender Studies as well as partners from civil society and the media such as the JFF and ZDF which will enhance the visibility of research and the distribution of results in both academia and society.

More information can be found on the network’s website: www.gversity-2020.eu

For more information you can also contact: Prof. Dr. Carola Richter, carola.richter@fu-berlin.de, 030-83858898.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 953326.