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ROUGE Team enjoy a warm welcome in TU Dublin

Posted: 4 February, 2019

On January 30, Professor Yvonne Galligan and her research team held an all-day meeting with 15 European researchers. Their task was to shape a proposal for Horizon 2020 funding.

With just 63 days to go before submission, they shared thoughts and practical suggestions on Research Organisations and Universities for Gender Equality (ROUGE). They focussed on removing barriers to the recruitment, retention and promotion of female researchers; addressing gender imbalances in decision-making processes; and integrating a gender dimension in research and innovation.

The crosscutting themes of male advocates, intersectionality and global reach added an extra layer of interest to the discussion. Consultant Catherine Halbert, facilitated by Enterprise Ireland through the co-ordinator grant fund, kept the team’s feet firmly on the ground and their thoughts in the realms of reality.

The participants hailed from Portugal, Spain, Italy, Austria, Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Turkey, as well as Ireland. They were welcomed to TU Dublin by Professor Brian Norton, Principal of the TU Dublin City Campus. At lunch in St Laurence’s, Grangegorman, many more TU Dublin colleagues and doctoral students turned out to greet the guests and forge new international friendships.

At the close of the day, having generated many fruitful ideas and shared good conversations, all went separate ways. The next stage is to redraft the ROUGE proposal. It will be so much easier now that the consortium members know one another and enjoyed their time in TU Dublin. Thank you to everyone who helped make the day a success.

Prof. Yvonne Galligan, (Director, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion), Catherine Lynch (ACE) and Catherine Bates (ACE)

Prof. Yvonne Galligan (Director, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) at the lunch

Leslie Whyte (ICT Services), Catherine Lynch (Access & Civic Engagement Mgr.) Ashley O’Donoghue, (Head of Staff Training and Development.)


Rochelle Fritch (Science Foundation Ireland), Dr Sara Clavaro (Queens University Belfast), André Alves Tooley (ROUGE member, University of Porto)

Jane Garvey (Rouge Consortium, Queens University Belfast) and Dr Catherine Halbert (Halbert Research).

Prof. Yvonne Galligan speaking at the ROUGE Consortium lunch in St. Laurence’s, GrangeGorman


Dr Catherine Halbert (Halbert Consultants) and Dr Amir Tabakovic (TU Dublin, Dept. of Research and Enterprise)

Rachel Harding (FOCUS Research Institute), Philip Berninger, (TU Dortmund), Bahar Aldanmaz, (ROUGE Consortium, Kadir Has University),  Hilal Tekmen (ROUGE Consortium, Kadir Has University) and Prof. Hugh Byrne (FOCUS Institute) 

Andrew Kelso (Programme Management Office) and Kevin Corbett ( EHSI)

Dr Roberta Antolini (ROUGE Consortium, Institute for Nuclear physics (INFN) and Giovanni Dionisio (ROUGE Consortium, Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), Andy Maguire, (Sustainability Officer), Ailbhe Roche (Strategic Development Services) and Irene Gallagher (Directorate of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion).

Ailbhe Roche (Strategic Development Services), Noirin MacNamara (ROUGE Consortium, Queens University Belfast) and André Alves Tooley (ROUGE Consortium, University of Porto)