Gender in the Nordic Research and Innovation Area


Through new and innovative, yet focused and result-oriented activities, this joint Nordic initiative will make a significant contribu­tion to gender issues on the research and innovation agenda. The aim of the initiative is to pinpoint the reason for why the research and innovation area has not followed the trend towards a gender equal society and to identify the measures needed to remedy this.


For the last forty years, gender balance and gender equality have been an important Nordic political priority and the societal changes have been significant, pushing the Nordic countries to the forefront of gender equality. However, the positive results from gender equality indexes are not reflected in the Nordic research and innovation area. Instead, all Nordic countries perform around the European average.


  • Katja Marjanen, Scientific Adviser, Academy of Finland
  • Una Strand Vidarsdóttir, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, Iceland
  • Ingeborg W. Owesen, Senior Adviser, The Research Council of Norway
  • Inger Jonsson, Senior Advisor, Forte, Sweden
  • Sophia Ivarsson, Senior Adviser, VINNOVA, Sweden (observer)
  • Lisa Westholm, Research secretary, Swedish Research Council (observer)

Call timeline



Lise-Lotte Wallenius

Senior Adviser
Siri Bjarnar. Photo: NordForsk

Siri Jørgensen Bjarnar

Chief Operating Officer