Promoting Gender Equality in Science
This is an online information source for people who work to improve gender balance in the research sector, and for anyone else interested in the issue of gender equality in science. A committee was appointed by the Ministry of Education and Research in 2004 to work with these questions, and this website was initiated by the 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.
Read more about the website
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
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
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
Newsletter February 2014.
A new issue of KILDEN's newsletter in English, with news on gender research, gender equality and gender politics in Norway, is now available. Read more at
Now that government award schemes for gender equality efforts in academia have been discontinued, it is up to each individual institution to improve the gender balance in senior-level academic positions. (19.01.2015) Read more
Norwegian universities are much too concerned with counting international researchers and students, and they care too little about how the researchers are integrated into the environment. This is according to Julien S. Bourrelle, a research fellow at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. (16.12.2014) Read more
The number of international researchers in Norway has exploded in the past 10 years. This is in keeping with official targets, but we still know little about what this means for the future of Norwegian research. (03.12.2014) Read more
The annual Gender Equality Award for gender balance in research is history. “It’s unfortunate to lose the opportunity to recognize those who have worked hard with an important and often difficult field,” says Curt Rice, Chair of the KIF Committee. (18.11.2014) Read more
Women with natural science and technology degrees experience maladjustment more often than their male colleagues when transitioning from master’s studies to working life, according to a new report. This is not the case for other scientific fields. (14.10.2014) Read more
A growing number of universities and university colleges are trying to improve more than just the gender balance. Some call it diversity, others call it inclusion or anti-discrimination, but how are the efforts going? (16.09.2014) Read more
The KIF Committee has been given a new name and mandate by the Ministry of Education and Research. (02.09.2014) Read more
Women physicists at CERN are locked in a structure and culture that is highly male dominated at all levels. The women’s movement and gender equality have not reached the physics fields, according to a history of science researcher. (06.08.2014) Read more