On 7 and 8 April 2021 the new EU-funded project RESISTIRÉ was kicked off with a two-day online meeting. Representatives from the ten consortium partners based in nine European countries (France, Sweden, Belgium, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Turkey and Spain) gathered to launch this ambitious 2-year research project that aims at finding sustainable solutions to the gendered inequalities caused by policy responses to the pandemic and to strengthen societal resilience to outbreaks.
In addition to the consortium partners, the meeting counted with the presence of Ms Jeanne Lenders and Carina Pereira, Policy officers at the European Commission. Jeanne Lenders, Policy Officer at the Gender Sector of the DG Research & Innovation, shared valuable knowledge on the EU policy response to COVID-19 and the funding mobilised to support research on the behavioural, social and economic impact of the outbreak responses, highlighting the measures taken by the EU Commission and Agencies to mitigate the negative impacts on gender equality. Carina Pereira (DG Research and Innovation) joined the second day of the meeting as interim Project Officer of RESISTIRÉ.
Over the two days of this meeting, partners presented their respective tasks and contributions to project objectives, discussing critical points. For each work package, the consortium discussed the interlinks with other tasks, their timeline, and critical points. During the first day, the partners stressed the importance of adopting a strategic, pragmatic approach to ensure the timely delivery of results and discussed the ethical implications of the project. During the second and final day, the discussion focused on the data collection process and the role of National Experts. The differences in scope and approach of the project’s Workshops and Open Studios were also stressed by the work package leaders.
The second day’s discussion ended with the presentation of the communication and dissemination activities planned for RESISTIRÉ and an overview of the project management processes, with a strong focus on the data management and ethics of this ambitious project.