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University of Gothenburg

International collaboration

The secretariat has many years of international experience, with the Nordic countries and Europe as our most common arenas.


The secretariat is an associative partner of EUTOPIA, a major European university alliance in which the University of Gothenburg is a member. Comprising six European seats of learning, EUTOPIA has a long-term vision to create a strong alliance with free movement of students, researchers, lecturers and other staff. By 2050 a student will easily be able to move between and study at all the member universities during their studies and then graduate. Work at Activities within EUTOPIA are organised in seven Work Packages with a focus on project governance, education, research, regional collaboration, inclusion, internationalisation and sustainability. The secretariat is a partner in the package that focuses on inclusion.

Genderaction and Science with and for Society

Genderaction is an EU-funded project aimed at integrating gender equality in research funding in a number of EU countries. The secretariat is on the project’s advisory board to play a part in linking policy and practice. Within the project, the secretariat heads a Gender Equality Task Force together with the Norwegian gender research centre Kilden. This involves on-site visits in EU member states to boost collaboration between governments and key national actors in the higher education sectors. Experts and researchers from other EU organisations are brought in where necessary. The focus is on a gender perspective in research ahead of the EU’s upcoming Horizon Europe research programme.

The secretariat participates in a programme, Science with and for Society, SwafS, whose aims include promoting gender equality in the EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme. The platform is also to open up funding opportunities for Swedish research projects. Here, the secretariat is working with several researchers on an application to Horizon 2020, linked to a call for proposals on gender-based violence including sexual harassment in research organisations and universities. Leading researchers at research institutions in nine EU countries are working together on this application, headed by the ESF – European Science Foundation/Fondation Européenne de la Science. The purpose is to develop new knowledge with a focus on prevalence, consequences and organising preventive work.