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Call for Papers on themes related to gender in research

GS04The 4th Gender Summit will be held June 30th and July 1st 2014 in Brussels. This year, the theme will be: “From Ideas to Markets: Excellence in mainstreaming gender into research, innovation, and policy” and it will have will also focus on strategies, tools, and processes that promote the concrete integration of the gender dimension into the European Commission’s current Horizon 2020, and European Research Area programmes. The aim of the programme is to provide an scholarly outlet as well as linkages to policy and an arena for networking.

The call for papers has been issued and the call is open until 30th of March. Contributions are expected on the following themes:

  • Improving quality of research and innovation content, process and practice
  • Enhancing efficacy and socio-economic impact of research and innovation
  • Ensuring effectiveness of research and innovation policy
  • Securing efficient R&D human capital

Read more about the themes and  the submission procedures here.

More information on the event website.

In addition, the summit features a long list of invited speakers, including: 




Call for participants: Gender Summit 3 in Washington DC

gendersummit2013The Gender Summit was established in 2011 with focus on  “supporting and advancing excellence and effectiveness of research and innovation at all levels, through the inclusion of gender“.

The main aim is to address gender issues in research and innovation where they impact on efficacy, quality and success of these sectors, bringing together both researchers, policymakers and stakeholders in relevant areas. The first two events in 2011 and 2012 had a European focus.

The third Gender Summit will now be held in North America in Washingtom DC at November 13-15, 2013, and it will be  themed “Diversity Fueling Excellence in Research &Innovation“.

The main questions for the summit are formulated as:

  • What is the compelling research evidence that demands immediate response?
  • What are the most appropriate, beneficial and impactful actions that different stakeholders can take?
  • What mechanisms are needed to strengthen inter-stakeholder collaboration?
  • What strategy is best to achieve global impact?

European Gender Summit 2014 will be held in Brussels in May 2014.

Find out more at www.gender-summit.com




News: Higher education attainment in the EU growing – share of women in STEM fields decreasing

EUIncreasing educational attainment within the EU was amongst the key objectives in the Europe 2020 strategy, with the goal set on 40% of 30-34 year olds with tertiary education. Despite the recent economic downturn, the share of people with tertiary education has been steadily growing: in 2005 the number was 28%, in 2010 it had increased to 34% and the most recent numbers from 2012 that were recently published indicated that 36% in the 30-34 age cohort had obtained tertiary education.

Furthermore, the recent data indicates that the highest share of the 30-34 age cohort with higher education can be found in Ireland with 51%, Cyprus (49,9%), Luxembourg (49,6% and Lithuania (48,7%), and lowest in Italy, Romania and Malta (22%). Lithuanias northern neighbours Latvia were amongst those with highest growth rates, and the attainment levels almost doubled in Latvia between 2005 and 2012 to 37%. While Romania was amongst the countries with lowest attainment rates, they have nevertheless shown considerable growth, as in 2005 it was only 11% of the age group that had obtained tertiary education.

Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, commented on the most recent numbers:

The progress in achieving our education targets is a positive message in a time of economic uncertainty. The jobs of the future will demand higher qualifications and these figures show that more young people are determined to achieve their full potential. We are also seeing that efforts to improve Europe’s education systems and increase accessibility are paying off (..)




Guest blogger: Five suggestions about women professors

Prof. Curt Rice  (University of Tromsø)

Prof. Curt Rice
(University of Tromsø)

In this guest entry, professor Curt Rice suggests some concrete measures how to increase the share of female professors. While the post takes a starting point in the Norwegian context, the suggestions are of relevance in a wider scale. Curt Rice is a professor of Language and Linguistics and the Vice President for Research & Development (prorektor for forskning og utvikling) at the University of Tromsø in Norway, as well as leading the board of CRIStin (Current Research Information System in Norway). 

The single most important success factor for increasing gender equality and gender balance in the workplace is engagement from top leadership. Usually, we think of this in terms of the top leadership of an organization, but in Norway we are fortunate to see engagement all the way to the top of the government.

The Prime Minister’s traditional New Year’s Day speech this year began with a lengthy discussion of gender equality, on the occasion of the centennial for women’s suffrage. Jens Stoltenberg’s vision is that “with courageous women as role models, we dare to imagine this ideal: a Norway that is inclusive, safe and with equal rights and opportunities for all.”

Our Minister for Education and Research, Kristin Halvorsen, has recently said that she is increasingly impatient about getting more women professors. Today, Norway has 25% women professors; current calculations suggest that the goal of 40% won’t be reached until 2025.

As I try to imagine how to allay Minister Halvorsen’s impatience — which I share — I realize that there’s some good news but there’s also some bad news.

The bad news is that the political analysis offered by the Minister is incomplete: She notes, quite rightly, that there are many more women taking doctorates now. Therefore, there are many more women qualified for academic positions, she says, but universities are taking too long to move these women forward.

By telling us that we simply need to hurry up, the Minister fails to address the fact that there are structural aspects of academic careers that play themselves out differently for men and women. The career path as it currently runs, is discriminatory. This must be redressed with specific measures. Fortunately, it’s not difficult to identifies ways to improve.

And that’s the good news: The process can be accelerated with interventions by the minister, and here are five suggestions for how:




Gender equality and higher education

pic_womanToday, on 8th of March – International Women’s Day, is perhaps a good time to re-examine the current situation of women in higher education. With decades of focus on emancipation and womens rights in large parts of the Western world – where do we stand on this issue?

Women in higher education and research has received some attention during recent year in Europe. Perhaps the most widely debated recent case is the “Science, its a girl thing!” campaign from the European Commission that received widespread criticisms and arguably did not really further the gender equality agenda, but rather re-emphasized existing stereotypes. A number of initiatives have been emerged in recent years related to women in research, and the topic has also received attention on European level, where the 2nd Gender Summit was held in the end of November.

The question of glass ceilings and speculations around the reasons why women are still underrepresented are still debated (see for instance a guest entry by dr Joanne Pyke on the Hedda blog examining the Australian case), however, recent research by Allison K. Shaw and Daniel E. Stanton  suggest that when analyzing the data over 30 years in the USA, the trend is that the role of gender is diminishing and the issue points lie in the choice of undergraduate field and application rates to tenured jobs There is further research that has suggested that it is not so much discrimination but aspects related to family life that would lead to less women applying for tenure positions.