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The Nordic region - a step closer to gender balance in research?

Joint Nordic strategies and measures to promote gender balance among researchers in academia

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Nearly 80 per cent of all professors in the Nordic region are men. Gender balance in academia is therefore an important research policy issue. Hitherto it has been scarcely debated on a joint Nordic level. This report shows the status and the development in the field. The report gives examples of successful practices and highlights research policy challenges that are important to analyse in a gender and equality perspective. Given the lack of comparative investigations and research on the gender balance in academia in the Nordic region, there is a need to develop Nordic cooperation in this field. The report concludes with a number of recommendations in order to consolidate the issue of gender balance in academia as a joint policy- and research field in the Nordic region.

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Foreword

In spring 2011, the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research invited various Norwegian actors to submit input on the ministry’s sector programme in connection with Norway’s presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2012. The Committee for Gender Balance in Research (the KIF Committee) saw this as a good opportunity to highlight the challenges related to gender balance in research facing the Nordic countries, and contacted the ministry. Overall, the Nordic region is known for the progress it has made in achieving equality between women and men. However, 80 per cent of professors in the Nordic region are still men. Compared with the EU-27, this figure is average. We on the KIF Committee believe that the Nordic region should strive to do better than this. The Norwegian presidency decided to focus attention on the strategies and measures that can promote gender balance in research in the Nordic region. The result is this report, and an expert seminar was held by the Ministry of Education and Research on 22–23 November 2012. As of today, there is no pan-Nordic policy or coordinated initiatives on gender balance in research. In this report we make a number of action and policy-oriented recommendations. We encourage Sweden to continue these efforts during its presidency in 2013.

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