AGRIGEP Assessment and implementation of Agriculture and Life Science Universities’ first Gender Equality Plans in widening countries

In the European Union, the development of Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) intends to address the problems of gender equality in research and education institutions. In addition, there are specific gender equality issues within certain fields of study at research and education institutions. In this context, gender equality issues in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are well known and specific action plans have been developed. Within STEM, agriculture and life-science face very similar problems, but lack sector-specific measures and mitigation plans. The AGRIGEP project, with the joint efforts of six consortium partners, aims to: i) perform a responsible assessment of current status on GEP implementation, ii) improve capabilities through intensive capacity building, and iii) develop and implement an agriculture and life-science targeted GEP with sectorial specific measures and strategies. These results could lead to long-term institutional reforms. Additionally, this project will work to establish the inclusion of gender equality issues into the educational system and professional training of students.

Lead partner

Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences (MATE)

Project Manager

dr. Julianna Kobolák

Project Manager at UP FM

Prof. dr. Štefan Bojnec

Project number



1. 1. 2023 – 31. 12. 2025

The project's objectives 

The project follows five specific objectives:

  • First, assess the capabilities of the partner institutions implementing their Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) for the first time and identify strengths and weaknesses, risks and possibilities (GEP-related assessment of universities).
  • Second, increase capabilities through capacity building, and promote reforms and structural changes for the efficient implementation of GEPs (training materials for institutions’ staff, employees, and students).
  • Third, perform a sector-specific assessment, revise and update GEP strategies based on the sectorial needs, and determine sector-specific relevant measures (tailor-made GEPs to each research partner organisation).
  • Fourth, provide relevant knowledge on GEP issues in relation to agriculture and life science to the next generation of professionals, with a specific focus on international students (training materials implemented to research partner organisation curricula).
  • Finally, ensure the long-term implementation and impact of institutional GEPs beyond the project lifetime through structural changes (sectoral GEP knowledge sharing network).
Project phases

To be implemented from January 1, 2023.


The project is funded by Horizon Europe Framework Programme - in the amount of 998.239,00 EUR.

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