Committee for Gender Balance and Diversity in Research

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The booklet "Talent at stake. Changing the culture of research – gender-sensitive leadership" published in October 2010

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The present Committee for Gender Balance and Diversity in Research is appointed from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2017. It is chaired by Professor Curt Rice.

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Our new pages on sexual harassment. What is harassment? And what is an employer’s duty to preclude and seek to prevent sexual harassment? On these pages we have compiled information about sexual harassment. See our new pages Sexual harassment

Women’s Representation in Science Predicts National Gender-Science Stereotypes. Using data from nearly 350,000 people in 66 nations, American researchers found that stereotypes prevail even in supposedly “gender-equal” nations like Norway and Sweden. These stereotypes matter because they can cause actions such as hiring biases that favor men in some contexts. Read more and download the article at Science

Nordic programme on gender. The NordForsk Board has decided to establish a programme on gender in the Nordic research and innovation area. Read more at NordForsk

Nobel prize 2014 to Moser & Moser. May-Britt and Edvard Moser have been awarded with the Nobel prize of Physiology or Medicine. It is the first time ever for Norwegian scientists to receive this Nobel prize. Historically, May-Britt and Edvard are the fifth married couple to receive a Nobel prize. Read more at Universitetsavisa

New study. Curt Rice, head of Norway’s Committee for Gender Balance in Research, comments on the american study "What Happens Before? A Field Experiment Exploring How Pay and Representation Differentially Shape Bias on the Pathway into Organizations". Read more at

Towards gender balance. The proportion of women in academic positions at Norwegian School of Economics is consistently far below what we would consider acceptable. The school got its first ever female full professor in 2002. The numbers have indeed improved since then. At the end of 2013, we reached the 15 per cent mark. Read more at Rector's blog

New policy. The Research Council of Norway has a new policy for gender balance and gender perspectives in research. Read more at The Research Council of Norway


The higher the position, the more publications – for both genders

Female researchers publish less than their male colleagues. But according to a new study, this is mainly because women tend to have lower positions in the academic hierarchy.

(21.09.2015) Read more

New study on ethnic minorities’ career paths in research

Research on ethnic minorities in academia is mostly non-existent in Norway. Now the research institutes AFI and NIFU have been commissioned to remedy this situation.

(04.09.2015) Read more

New recruitment method – greater diversity

The Norwegian police academy has long sought to increase diversity among the student body and the future police force. Since 2012, they have been working systematically with recruitment to achieve this.

(29.06.2015) Read more

Seeking more knowledge about diversity in academia

There is a large body of research on the barriers to gender balance in academia, but very little on ethnic diversity. Now the KIF Committee has announced funding for a study to fill this gap.

(11.06.2015) Read more

Gender equality work both praised and criticized

The KIF Committee’s strategy for its work with gender balance and ethnic diversity in research up to 2017 has been completed. Feedback from the sector shows that the institutions appreciate the committee’s active role, but they would like a clearer definition of “ethnic diversity”.

(19.05.2015) Read more

Significant rise in female innovation leaders

When the Research Council recently selected 17 new Centres for Research-driven Innovation, one-third of them had women at the helm. According to the Research Council, an awareness-raising campaign was the main reason for the increase.

(08.05.2015) Read more

“Gender perspectives give an advantage in EU applications”

“If Norwegian researchers do a better job of fulfilling the EU requirements on gender perspectives in research, they will have a competitive advantage in Horizon 2020,” says Curt Rice.

(17.04.2015) Read more

Niqab ban is not unlawful

There are sound legal arguments both for and against allowing the niqab to be worn at higher education institutions. A ban can send a clear signal in support of gender equality, but it can also be exclusionary and lead to more extreme attitudes.

(09.04.2015) Read more
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