Gender Diversity Impact - Improving Research and Innovation through Gender Diversity

The partners in this joint project are working together to produce a Gender Diversity Index (GDI), which is intended to show for the first time, the measurable relationship between research results and gender diversity. Previous research has shown that certain aspects of gender affect the quality and productivity (innovation output) of research teams, however the specific effects of gender diversity in research teams have until now not been adequately addressed.

The interactions in research teams will be analysed with the use of innovative methods (Case Studies) and combined with Europe-wide patent and bibliometric analyses. Within the scope of the research project, teams in the field of medical technology and transport logistics will be examined.

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Project Partners

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
Cranfield University, UK
Furtwangen University, Germany
Örebro University, Sweden
VDE, Germany

Duration: 3 years, 10/2015 - 09/2018

This research project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 project under the Science with and for Society research funding initiative.


Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ulrike Busolt
Faculty of Mechanical and Medical Engineering Institute of Applied Research
Field of Research - Innovation and Gender Research
Vice Dean BME
07720 307-4248
Schwenningen Campus, Room C 3.09
Sandra Klatt, Dipl.-Ing.
Faculty of Mechanical and Medical Engineering
Academic staff
07720 307-4365
Schwenningen Campus, Room I 2.07 klt(at)