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

EnGendering Excellence

The Research Council and The Committee for Gender Balance and Diversity in Research are organising a joint conference called EnGendering Excellence, to be held on 4–5 June 2015.

Londa Schiebinger is one of the conference presenters. (Photo: Stanford University)

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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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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

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


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

Tenure track is not suited to women’s career path

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

Economics is still a male bastion

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

From humanities scholar to IT dean

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

No more carrots for gender equality efforts

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
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