Gender, Science, Technology and Environment - genderSTE

genderSTE was a new COST initiative intended to advance the state of the art in knowledge and policy implementation on gender, science, technology and environment through creating a network of policy-makers and experts on gender, science and technology.

It was the first Targeted Network approved by the COST Committee of Senior Officials. It kicked off on 28 November 2012, ending in November 2016. 

Its aim was to particularly enhance the  implementation of gender-focused policy measures for structural change in science and technology institutions and integration of sex and gender dimensions in the content of science and technology. It aims to develop knowledge and resources regarding the sex and gender dimensions of technological development and innovation processes, with specific attention to the Grand Challenges identified in Horizon 2020 and the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Urban Europe.


The main objective of genderSTE  was to promote a better integration of gender dimensions in science and technology at three main levels:

  1. Promoting women’s careers in science and technology through structural change of institutions (as recommended by the European Commission) by disseminating existing research and practice;
  2. Promoting a better integration of gender in the content of science, research and technology, by dissemination existing research on the topic, i.e. the EU-US Gendered Innovations project;
  3. Identifying gender dimensions relevant to environment-related Horizon2020 Grand Challenges and to the JPI Urban Europe.

genderSTE aimed to overcome two challenges:

  • The lack of implementation of previously-elucidated gender in science and technology roadmaps and best practice guidelines throughout many COST Member States, in two specific and interrelated aspects: structural change of institutions for promoting women’s careers; integration of sex and gender analysis in the content of research and technology.
  • The need to develop discipline-specific gender roadmaps and best practice guides for important fields such as the Horizon2020 Grand Challenges and Urban Europe.

The Network's  Memorandum of Understanding  contains further details such as the detailed objectives, the programme, organisation and timeplan.

About Targeted Networks

Targeted (policy-driven) Networks - based on the Plan for Strategic Activities approved by the CSO  - are COST Actions targeting policy objectives. All Key Documents can be found on the COST Strategy page .

General Information*

Chair of the Action:


Vice Chair of the Action:

Dr Marcela LINKOVA (CZ)

Science officer


Administrative officer

Ms Gabriela CRISTEA



Action website:

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