GIL4W – Greek Innovation Lab for Women

Partnership for Norwegian Knowledge Transfer to enhance women’s know-how in R&I and entrepreneurship in Greece

The GIL4W project, spearheaded by ECWT, embodies a convergence of innovative practices and collaborative efforts cultivated through partnerships with esteemed entities such as the Norwegian Confederation of Industries, SIMULA Research Lab Norway, NTNU, SINTEF, and the National Competence Centre for Multicultural Value Creation, augmented by insights from UN Women’s Innovation Strategy. GIL4W stands as a pioneering initiative within the Greek landscape, poised to revolutionize research, innovation, and entrepreneurship with a gender-sensitive lens. Anchored in the imperative of integrating female talent, it aspires to catalyze the sustainable, green, and digital revival of the Greek economy post-Covid. Rooted in the accomplishments of the EEAGRANTS “Innovation and Employability for Women” outcomes project, recognized by the EU authorities, GIL4W is set to perpetuate its legacy, charting a trajectory of collaborative and participatory innovation. It is designed to empower women as both service providers and beneficiaries, meticulously ensuring that innovations align with their diverse needs, underpinned by a robust data-driven framework. At its core, GIL4W seeks to establish itself as a beacon of knowledge transfer, bridging the expertise chasm between Norway and Greece. Facilitated by Norwegian partners, it endeavors to facilitate co-creation and frugal innovation, leveraging invaluable Norwegian know-how to alleviate the repercussions of the financial crisis and bolster the female workforce in Greece.  Members are urged to ingrain a gender-responsive ethos into their corporate fabric, conceive innovations that embrace female perspectives holistically, and meticulously evaluate their gender-responsive impacts. Moreover, GIL4W envisions a vibrant community of excellence, propelling women innovators and STEM-entrepreneurs to the forefront of the global innovation landscape. By nurturing scalable solutions that cater to the needs of women and girls, it aspires to carve a niche as a trailblazing hub of sustainable innovation, embodying the essence of progress and inclusivity.

The #GIL4W project represents a pivotal collaboration between esteemed partners including the European Centre for Women and Technology (ECWT), Athena Research and Innovation Center (Athena RC), CTI Diophantus, Demokritos, Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS), and Hellenic Pasteur Institute. With a core focus on driving gender-sensitive advancements in research, innovation, and entrepreneurship, GIL4W is poised to catalyze transformative change within Greece’s economic landscape. Building upon the collective expertise of its partners and the success of prior initiatives, #GIL4W is committed to seamlessly integrating female talent into the fabric of sustainable, green, and digital post-COVID recovery efforts. Through strategic collaboration and knowledge-sharing mechanisms, the project endeavors to develop and implement gender-responsive innovations that not only address the diverse needs of women but also empower them as active participants in the innovation ecosystem. #GIL4W will meticulously evaluate the impact of these initiatives through robust data analysis, ensuring accountability and effectiveness. By fostering a collaborative ecosystem where stakeholders can share insights, resources, and best practices, #GIL4W aims to scale sustainable solutions that uplift women and girls in STEM fields and entrepreneurship. Ultimately, the project seeks to position Greece as a trailblazer in gender-inclusive innovation, thereby enriching the global innovation landscape and driving socioeconomic progress.

The project “#GIL4W – Greek Innovation Lab for Women: Partnership for Norwegian Knowledge Transfer to enhance women’s know-how in R&I and entrepreneurship in Greece” is co-funded by EEA Grants representing the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.

Project Partners

  • Athena RIC was founded in 2003 as the “IRIS – Integrated Research for the Information Society”
  • The European Centre for Women and Technology (ECWT) is a European meeting hub for public and private actors, academia, and NGOs from 26 European Union countries working together for measurable and significant results in terms of increasing the number of girls and women in the technology sector in general and ICT in particular.
  • The CTI Diophantus is a scientific body supervised by the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, and Technical Advisor of the State for ICT issues, with facilities in Patras and Athens.
  • Demokritos National Center for Scientific Research was founded in July 1961 as a Research Centre for Nuclear Research, Demokritos is today the largest multidisciplinary Research Centre in Greece with approximately 180 Researchers in tenured and tenure-track positions and over 500 research personnel working on projects funded mainly by grants from State Funds, the European Union and private industries.
  • The Institute of Communications and Computer Systems (ICCS) is a non-profit Academic Research Institute established in 1989 by the Greek Ministry of Education in order to carry out research and development activities in the area of telecommunication systems and techniques, computer systems, etc.
  • The Hellenic Pasteur Institute established in 1920, has a long tradition in translational biomedical research, particularly in the field of Infectious Diseases, and a commitment to Public Health Services in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.

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