NordForsk highlights gender equality in academia at major European conference

NordForsk highlights gender equality in academia at major European conference

21.06.2018
In July, NordForsk will arrange a 75-minute session during the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF), a major European research conference to be held 9-14 July 2018 in Toulouse, France. The conference will feature presentations by two NordForsk-funded Nordic Centres of Excellence that conduct research on gender balance and underrepresentation of women in academia. A panel discussion on challenges and potential remedies will follow.

Gender equality is essential for the development of democratic societies. The future of the knowledge economy in Europe and the rest of the world depends on our ability to attract the best qualified men and women. In addition, international competition is rising, welfare states are under increasing pressure and the development of sound knowledge for decision-making in all parts of society is crucial.

But there is still a long way to go before women and men have the same opportunities in academia. The underrepresentation of women in academia, especially in leadership positions, remains one of the most important problems in research and higher education.

To augment the knowledge needed to deal with this challenge, the Nordic countries have established the research programme “Gender Gaps in the Nordic Research and Innovation Area”, which funds two Nordic Centres of Excellence. Professor Gabriele Griffin of the Nordic Centre of Excellence on Women in Technology (NORDWIT) and Deputy Director Liza Reisel of the Nordic Centre of Excellence on Gender Equality in Research and Innovation (NORDICORE) will present preliminary results of their research and then take part in a panel discussion with Marcela Linkova, head of the Centre for Gender and Science at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, NordForsk Director Arne Flåøyen and Jesper Simonsen, Executive Director of the Research Council of Norway’s Division for Society and Health. The panel discussion will be led by NordForsk Senior Adviser Lotta Strandberg (Ph.D.).

The session will conclude by inviting the audience to offer its reflections and comments on ways to further develop research collaboration across national borders.

PROGRAMME FOR THE SESSION

Welcome
Moderator: Lotta Strandberg, Senior Adviser, NordForsk

Gender Equality at NordForsk
Arne Flåøyen, Director, NordForsk

The Nordic Programme “Gender Gaps in the Nordic Research and Innovation Area” – Ambitions and Expectations
Jesper Simonsen, Chair of the Programme Committee for the Nordic Gender Research Programme and Executive Director of the Division for Society and Health, Research Council of Norway

Nordic Centres of Excellence in Gender Research – Background, Research Plans

“Nordic Centre for Research on Gender Equality in Research and Innovation (NORDICORE)”
Liza Reisel, Research Director for Equality, Inclusion and Migration, Institute for Social Research, Deputy Director of NORDICORE

“Beyond the Gender Paradox: Women’s Careers in Technology-driven Research and Innovation in and Outside of Academe” (NORDWIT)
Professor Gabriele Griffin, Uppsala University, Centre for Gender Research

Comments, Future Perspectives and Research Needs
Dr Marcela Linkova, Head of the Centre for Gender and Science at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

Discussion

  • Dr Marcela Linkova, Head of the Centre for Gender and Science at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences
  • Liza Reisel, Research Director for Equality, Inclusion and Migration, Institute for Social Research
  • Professor Gabriele Griffin, Uppsala University, Centre for Gender Research
  • Jesper Simonsen, Chair of the Programme Committee for the Nordic Gender Research Programme and Executive Director of the Division for Society and Health, Research Council of Norway

 

FACTS

NordForsk session at ESOF:

  • When: 10 July from 15:15 - 16:30
  • Where: Toulouse, France

About ESOF
EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) is the largest interdisciplinary science meeting in Europe. Created by EuroScience in 2004, this biennial European forum brings together more than 4,000 researchers, educators, business actors, policy-makers and journalists from over the world to discuss breakthroughs in science.

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Text: Jakob Chortsen

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