By taking part, you agree that you have read and understood the information about the study below.

What is this project about, and do I have to take part?

This study aims to assess and understand the possible presence and impact of gender bias, inclusivity, and related attitudes and behaviors within the shipboard environment. The information collected through this survey is important to support the implementation of specific interventions before, during and after the cruise, targeted towards increasing inclusivity and gender equality in the shipboard working space. Insights from the survey are planned to be used to develop a training module related to onboard gender issues for both operational and leadership aspects. Participation is open to people aged 18 or over, taking part in this cruise voyage and is entirely voluntary.

What are the benefits and risks of taking part?

The information from the study may be used to improve our understanding about the possible existence and impact of gender bias in the passenger shipping industry framework. This understanding can be used to inform, develop or enhance interventions and training to limit gender bias on board. There are no foreseeable risks for you when taking part in the survey, other than time spent on the survey and potential discomfort. Should you feel uncomfortable and want to leave the study, you are free to do so without any consequences.

What will you ask and what will happen to the information I give you?

You will be asked questions about yourself and your opinions about diversity, communication dynamics and potential biases related to gender on board. As a rule, we will attempt to exclusively collect anonymous data about you. However, due to current and future technological developments, it might be possible for some of your data to be identifiable in the future. For that reason, we will treat all the data included in your survey responses as pseudonymized personal data. You may find detailed information about the processing of your personal data below. (chapter “personal data protection information”).

Your data will be collected by the University of Thessaly and analyzed by the Laboratory of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine.  As a result of the scientific analysis, completely anonymous study results and aggregated data will be produced. The anonymous study results and statistics will be shared with relevant researchers, market stakeholders, and government agencies to assist in the raising of awareness and the prevention of phenomena of gender bias related to cruise ship staff.

This study has received approval from the ethics committee of the University of Thessaly.


If you have any questions, about the study, please contact Associate Professor Barbara Mouchtouri at