The KIF Committee
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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Heidi Holt Zachariassen
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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
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
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
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 nature.com
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
Centres for Research-based Innovation.
The Research Council of Norway has received 57 applications from companies and research groups seeking to attain status as Centres for Research-based Innovation. 24 of the 57 applications received are from centres with a female director, while among the 21 existing centres, only one is headed by a woman. Read more at The Research Council of Norway
While the idea to establish a gender equality network within the European Research Area (ERA) emerged back in 2004, GENDER-NET was finally launched in 2013 as the first ERA-NET on the topic of gender equality and the gender dimension in research. (21.04.2016) Read more
There is no lack of good arguments for gender balance and diversity in the health sciences. (06.04.2016) Read more
The Diversity Report has finally been launched, and the Ministry of Education and Research is pleased with the result. (05.04.2016) Read more
The Norwegian Government has recommended consolidating the Gender Equality Act and three anti-discrimination laws into a joint anti-discrimination act. According to the KIF Committee, there are several reasons why this is not an ideal proposal. (23.02.2016) Read more
The proposal to create a joint anti-discrimination law will weaken the employer’s reporting duty, and thereby weaken all efforts to promote gender equality. This is the view of both the Equality and Anti-discrimination Ombudsman and the Vice Chair of the Committee for Gender Balance and Diversity in Research. (22.02.2016) Read more
Not necessarily, according to researchers. More women than men do research on gender, but all female researchers are not concerned with gender. (12.02.2016) Read more
Both male and female researchers with children struggle to combine career and family. The competition is coming more and more from international researchers who don’t have children or access to welfare benefits such as parental leave. (21.12.2015) Read more
The Norwegian Government presented the white paper “Gender equality in practice” in early October. While the report gives a thorough account of the situation in academia, it lacks both measures and money for gender equality efforts. (17.12.2015) Read more