Promoting Gender Equality and Diversity in Science
This is an online information source for people who work to improve gender balance and diversity in the research sector, and for anyone else interested in the issue of gender equality and diversity 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.
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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
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
“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
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
It is more difficult for women to meet the requirements to qualify for tenure track positions, according to one researcher. (23.03.2015) Read more
When the daily newspaper VG presented Norway’s top 20 economists, there was not a single woman among them. “Economics is a male-dominated field,” states economist Karen Helene Ulltveit-Moe of the University of Oslo. (17.02.2015) Read more
She is future oriented in her work to bring diversity and change to the IT field, but Oda Award winner Beathe Due thinks it is just as important to be aware of the past when working for change. “It’s worth remembering that information technology has not always been a man’s field,” says Due. (10.02.2015) Read more
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