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ATHENA is based on the SIGMA European Subject Area Evaluation of Women's Studies conducted in 1994-95 by the European commission (DG XXII), coordinated by the Department of Women's Studies in the Arts, Utrecht University. Experts from nineteen countries produced national reports on the state of Women's Studies in their countries. After the confer-ence 'Women's Studies in Europe: Evalua-tion, Co-operation and New Perspectives' in Coimbra, Portugal, two final SIGMA reports were produced: an evaluation report on sixteen Erasmus programs in Women's Studies and a Synthesis Report on recommen-dations for the improvement of European co-operation within the field of Women's Studies. The ATHENA activities build on the outcomes of these evaluations. During the 3rd European Feminist Research Conference in Coimbra (1997) the first ATHENA working group meeting took place. This meeting started the content-oriented planning and activities for the ATHENA working groups.
 
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