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Young people beyond stereotypes

The monographic issue of the magazine Welfare & Ergonomics, dedicated to "Young people beyond stereotypes" (Franco Angeli) edited by Carlo Buzzi, wanted to take a look at the great evolutionary changes in the world of youth that have occurred in our society in recent times.

It does so not with a structural, i.e. demographic, economic or social cut. On these three areas, moreover, the literature is very vast, but focusing on cultural aspects, taking into account the strong internal variability among young people, variability often invisible to the eyes of adults and also of the media, which, by not considering it, gives life to superficial and stereotyped images of the world of youth.

There are 12 articles selected from the reports and published, plus a practical experience, divided into 3 sections. We make the long-abstracts of the articles available here in PDF format.

Part one. Transformations, redefinitions, identities

It focuses on the processes of identity acquisition, individual and social identity of young people within a sometimes difficult social context.

Second part. Suburbs, resilience, life choices

It offers articles that look at youthful attitudes and behaviors capable of dealing with difficult contexts or situations that give rise to particular life choices.

Part three. Science, trust, uncertainties

It focuses on youth feelings towards science, which is a factor that has a strong impact on many aspects of life, such as the idea of ​​technological progress, the relationship with institutions, the concept of health.

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Call for papers: Bike & Society Research Network

Following the first seminar in Padua, which took place from 30 November to 1 December 2023, the Bici & Società research network continues its work in the city of Salerno, inviting us to focus attention on multiplicity of cycling practices.

The aim is to broaden the theoretical, methodological and disciplinary perspective with the aim of developing a knowledge base that helps to understand the conditions that favor cycling mobility and the characteristics of its variability. What can favor or prevent, in other words, the multiplicity of its uses as a means of transport in urban and extra-urban environments and for leisure (sports and tourism).

Those interested in the call can articulate theirs contribution proposal (an abstract of max 250 words) starting from these questions: what are the characteristics of urban, tourist and sporting cycling mobility, how are they taking shape, who are the actors and supporting policies? With what results? What are the connections between cycling, sport and tourism? What hybridizations? How does the technological innovation of the bike develop? How are the bike materials configured? How is the bike industry and marketing structured? How are cycling mobility conveyed by the media?

The contribution proposal must be sent by June 30 2024 to the email:

Further information is available in call document.

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Hi Maura

The IRPPS stands in memory of Maura Misiti, a highly intelligent researcher and determined woman, who contributed with a critical spirit and accurate analyzes to the scientific debate and the construction of knowledge on many topics relevant to women's rights and citizenship. Her work and commitment were also decisive in the support activities for the formulation and implementation of specific policies and in those of dissemination and awareness. She will be greatly missed.

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Who won the “ATENƏ del CNR” Award…

The winning works of the “ATENƏ del CNR” Award have been announced, which enhanced the gender perspective in every sector and in every phase of research, within the CNR network. Watch the web-doc to learn more: Italian version / English version

Three works were awarded, one for each ERC sector:

  • Physical sciences and engineering, People vulnerability to landslide: risky behaviors and dangerous conditions by gender and age presented by Paola Salvati, Research Institute for Hydrogeological Protection (CNR-IRPI)
  • Life sciences, Frailty and the risk of infection-related hospitalizations in older age: Differences by sex presented by Marianna Noale, Institute of Neurosciences (CNR-IN)
  • Human and social sciences, Board diversity and performance in a masculine, aged and glocal supply chain: new empirical evidence presented by Giuseppe Calabrese, Sustainable Economic Growth Research Institute (CNR-IRCRES)

The “ATENƏ del CNR” Award was announced by the CNR Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies (CNR-IRPPS) with the support of the European H2020 project MINDtheGEPs, and evaluated the best products (articles, proceedings, protocols, etc.) that have significantly contributed to scientific innovation by integrating the gender perspective into research questions, design and results, making available three prizes of €1.500 each. Then the ranking is available e , here all information related to the competition.

There were 18 works presented in total.

Watch the web-doc for further information: Italian version / English version

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Survey on the energy sector

Ithe European project gEneSys coordinated by the IRPPS-CNR, it promotes a survey aimed at those who work in the energy sector (as research, technical, academic, expert and professional personnel).

The questionnaire investigates organizational culture, collaboration dynamics, roots and solutions to the gender imbalances of the energy transition.

The compilation takes about 10 minutes and is available online: LINK TO THE SURVEY

The energy sector is currently undergoing a profound transformation in which research and innovation (R&I) plays a fundamental role. Renewable energies and environmental sustainability require a growing investment in knowledge and technologies. The success of the current energy transition depends to a large extent on the skills and motivation of those who produce new knowledge and technologies.

IThe questionnaire was constructed starting from a study recently commissioned by CINEA, European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency with the aim of understanding how to support greater gender inclusiveness in professional and work sectors linked to the energy transition.

The data collected will be used to draft project reports and scientific publications, accessible to the public on the project website gEneSys.

Furthermore, the analysis of the results will contribute to the drafting of a policy brief in support of science and energy policies that support the inclusiveness of the sector and help reduce current imbalances in participation.

The time to complete the questionnaire is approximately 10 minutes and participants are free to stop completing it at any time. 

For assistance or questions, please contact us at


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CNR Almanac

The latest CNR Almanac of Science, published on March 8th, is dedicated to women and collects among other 3 IRPPS interventions:

Maria Cristina Antonucci talks about the characteristics and purposes of the "Gender Equality Plan" which was created to promote equity and inclusion also in research institutions, and which recently saw the light of day at the CNR.

Antonio Tintori talks about the still wide spread of gender gaps in school education and educational publishing.

Finally, Luciana Taddei tells the story of Elena Lucrezia Corner Piscopia, the first woman to graduate in Italy, who obtained her degree in Philosophy in Venice in 1678.

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"ATENƏ of the CNR" award

The IRPPS, through the "H2020 MINDtheGEPs" project, announces a competition aimed at the Cnr scientific network for three prizes of €1.500 (one thousand five hundred) each for the best products (articles, acts, protocols, etc.) that have significantly contributed to the scientific innovation by integrating a gender perspective into research questions, design and results.

The aim of the competition is to enhance the so-called gendered innovations, an approach that uses methods of analysis of sex, gender and intersectionality variables to create new scientific knowledge, making it rigorous, reproducible, socially relevant and responsible. This approach can and should be applied to every field of scientific knowledge.

The Prize is coordinated by the project research group MINDtheGEPs, which has already promoted several initiatives aimed at implementing gender equality within the Cnr.

As part of the competition, three works will be awarded, one for each ERC sector (revision 2021-2022):

– Physical Sciences and Engineering
– Life Sciences
– Social Sciences and Humanities.

The competition is aimed at research staff, technologists, technicians and research fellows of the Cnr, both as a single staff unit and as a research group, and concerns works published in the period 1 January 2020 - 31 December 2022.

The deadline is September 25, 2023. To send your application, write to Posta Elettronica Certificata (PEC) to

The evaluation commission was appointed on 28 December 2023. The document is available in the attachment. 

Attachments and links:

For information and registration:
Nicolo Marchesini
Cnr-Irpps Communication Office, email:

The news was posted on the site on July 25, 2023 and on the IRPPS website on August 7, 2023. Update January 8, 2024

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The open educational resources of the OLA project

The European project OLA – Open Learning for All, coordinated internationally by the research group “Social studies on science, education, communication” of IRPPS, was selected by the Erasmus+ National Agency INDIRE as a good practice and considered Best Practice for the use of the participatory action research methodology and for the implementation of scenario-based teaching as a system.

Available to anyone who wants to use them, the OLA project leaves a set of interdisciplinary educational scenarios and an MOOC online course freely usable, developed in collaboration between several European countries.

Il OLA-Include repository offers hundreds of scenarios produced by teachers from the European countries involved in the project, tested in classes, and evaluated. Such scenarios offer to educational staff free educational paths that can be offered in your classes. The contents follow the approach interdisciplinary STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Humanities, Mathematics) and are built pursuing, among other objectives, the fight against stereotypes in teaching.

Il Massive online open course (MOOC), the result of the coordinated work of research and training bodies in Italy, Greece, Spain, Cyprus and Romania, offers a free and modular path on the topic of educational resources. In recent years there has been a proliferation of this type of courses, especially in universities, but they are often not based on a theoretical reflection on the topic.

The course includes 5 macro-contents, divided into different modules. The topics allow you to delve deeper what are OERs (Open Education Resources), how yes they build, they evaluate e they reuse, the principles of open pedagogy and blended education, and the world of licenses in Creative Commons.

The various modules are not only theoretical but have practical purposes. They are made up of various Learning Units, with slides, subtitled videos, bibliography and tests. The material is available in open and reusable formats based on contexts. The contents and methods in which the course is built and delivered follow the principles of the Ola project: particular attention is paid to the inclusiveness of the teaching resources, with technical choices ranging from the weight of the files to the presence of subtitles, for the respect for different needs and different learning styles.

Attention is also paid to the critical analysis of texts and images, the promotion of digital skills not only aimed at technical ability but at the development of the ability to evaluate the reliability of different tools and platforms.

OLA is significantly contributing to the diffusion of the "open" approach in the educational field promoted by UNESCO, in line with the philosophy of open science in the scientific field, with the development of open educational resources ("open educational resources") for improve teaching in a more inclusive sense and to promote an evolution of the concept of digital skills which considers, in addition to purely technological skills, the critical and responsible use of online platforms and sources of information, as a prerequisite for the exercise of an aware citizenship.

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PLOT for the training of educational staff

The laboratories begin again Weft, a method that uses the theater for professional training, created by the IRPPS researcher Tiziana Tesauro with director Francesco Campanile.

The meetings that start on 10 November 2023 in the council chamber of the Municipality of Fisciano are part of the project "Things Never Done” funded by the European Union as part of the NexGenerationEU: a strategic alliance between institutions and the third sector for combat educational poverty. The 15 appointments that will continue until the end of March are aimed, in fact, at teachers and social workers.

As reviewed in Theater and professional training: The Trame method, published by Tesauro for the British Journal of Social Work, Trame's method is based on a reflection that interweaves theories onlearning as a situated and collective activity (according to which knowledge is the fruit of the subject's relationships with the context and with its members) with pedagogical approaches that thematize the theater as an educational device: subjects who act as if they were actually in a given situation develop skills that they can then transfer into practice.

In this way, Trame is configured as a method that aims to train knowledge of the body for develop self-awareness and reflexivity about one's actions in those professions that have relationships and care at the center and which over time has been aimed initially at doctors, nurses and social workers and now at teachers and social workers.

Find out more about the Trame project on the IRPPS website.

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VIVA project at ECDV and ESPAnet

In September, the research group involved in the VIVA project (Evaluation and Analysis of interventions to prevent and combat violence against women) participated in important opportunities for discussion with the scientific community, in which it shared perspectives and results from which start for the next qualitative investigations on the empowerment of women victims of violence and on Centers for perpetrators of violence.

Two posters were presented at the European Conference on Domestic Violence (ECDV) in Reykjavik.

The first - Networking to prevent and combat male violence against women edited by Francesca Proia, Maria Dentale, Pietro Demurtas, Alice Mauri – reports data relating to the analysis of the Italian anti-violence system as a complex and diversified universe.

Fig. 1 The poster Networking to prevent and combat male violence against women

The second one - Defining the effectiveness of perpetrator programs from a practice-based perspective curated by Pietro Demurtas and Caterina Peroni – shows some of the results of theinvestigation just concluded on Centers for Men Perpetrators of Violence (CUAV).

Fig. 2 The poster Defining the effectiveness of perpetrator programs from a practice-based perspective

As part of the XVI ESPAnet Italia Conference, Beatrice Busi and Angela Toffanin also presented a contribution on conditionality in economic, labor and social empowerment measures in anti-violence policies.

Go to the project website VIVA.

Curated by Monia Torre, with the scientific support of Pietro Demurtas, Alice Mauri, Angela Toffanin.

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