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

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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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

Blog. The Committee for Gender Balance in Research is chaired by Curt Rice. Read his blog A fresh policy on gender balance and gendered research


Diversity in academia: Immigrants want to be included, but aren’t

People with an immigrant background are more motivated to conduct research and pursue a doctoral degree than those without an immigrant background. However, according to a new report, there is no advantage to being an immigrant in academia.

(21.06.2016) Read more

Have we already achieved gender balance?

The foundation has already been laid for gender balance at the senior level of academia, according to an associate professor of finance. However, critics say it’s risky to sit back and wait for gender balance to happen on its own.

(24.05.2016) Read more

Two thoughts at once - pilot project on both gender equality and gender perspectives

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

Is it time for male quotas in the health sciences?

There is no lack of good arguments for gender balance and diversity in the health sciences.

(06.04.2016) Read more

State Secretary praises the new Diversity Report

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 KIF Committee’s opinion: New law would weaken gender equality efforts

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

Sceptical about a joint anti-discrimination act

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

Do female professors mean more gender perspectives in research?

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
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