CASPER. Certification-Award Systems to Promote Gender Equality in Research


The CASPER project will examine the feasibility of establishing a European award/certification system for gender equality for Research Performing Organizations. Based upon an extensive assessment of available systems and needs across Europe and beyond, we will develop and evaluate three possible scenarios that pave the ground for a realistic EU wide award/certification framework. Overall, we pursue three objectives:

  1. To map and assess existing award and certification systems for gender equality (and related schemes) and to identify existing needs for such a system on the European level
  2. Design three different award/certification scenarios and assess the feasibility of these scenarios plus a fourth no-action scenario along several dimensions.
  3. Prepare the ground for a successful roll-out of a European award/certification scheme

CASPER uses a highly participatory approach. In collaboration with a network of 28+ national experts, the Consortium will carry out an initial round of 60+ interviews in order to map existing needs and legal frameworks across Europe. Results will feed into 10 co-creation workshops across five countries to design alternative EU award/certification scenarios, followed by a second round of interviews and walk-through scenarios for their validation.

We are clearly aware of the double-edged nature of any certification system that involves elements of control as well as empowerment through transparency and quality control. Our focus lies on exploring certification systems that genuinely empower European gender equality actors and put gender equality values at the heart of the process.

The focus of the European award/certification system lies on organizational issues of gender equality. However, CASPER is committed to approach gender equality from an intersectional perspective. Any future oriented certification system has to address gender equality in relation to race, class, disability.

Funding entity

European Commission (H2020-SwafS-2019-1)






01/01/2020 - 31/03/2022

Julio Meneses
Julio Meneses
Full Professor

Professor de metodologia de la investigació, director de Learning Analytics de l’eLearning Innovation Center i investigador de l’Internet Interdisciplinary Institute de la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.