Looking for a specific product?

Make a search for products & suppliers, articles & news.

Millions for gender balance

The funding will go to the Research Council’s recently established initiative in the area: Gender Balance in Senior Positions and Research Management (BALANSE), and has been allocated via the budget item for overall research policy priorities at the Ministry of Education and Research.

Liestøl

Although Norway as a whole is at the forefront in gender equality overall, we are mediocre when it comes to gender equality in research, says Knut Liestøl, a professor at the University of Oslo.

 

Gender balance with a knowledge policy perspective

“We are very pleased. The BALANSE initiative is extremely important to us,” says Arvid Hallén, Director General of the Research Council of Norway.

“Better gender balance in recruitment to academic positions is crucial,” continues Mr Hallén. “While gender balance has a gender equality component, it also entails a knowledge policy perspective. We want to recruit from our entire talent base, not just from half of it. To do this we need better balance.”

“Although Norway as a whole is at the forefront in gender equality overall, we are mediocre when it comes to gender equality in research. The aim of the BALANSE initiative is to support and strengthen efforts to remedy this problem,” says Knut Liestøl, a professor at the University of Oslo. Professor Liestøl chaired the external resource group that assessed the establishment of the initiative at the request of the Research Council.

More money in the pot?

“The allocation via the national budget is very good news. I see it as a prudent start to a larger initiative,” says Lise Christensen, who is heading up the efforts on the BALANSE initiative at the Research Council.

However, the allocation is too small to enable the BALANSE initiative to reach its stated objectives. It is not yet determined whether the initiative can expect to receive additional funding from the Research Council’s own 2013 budget.

Lise  

The allocation via the national budget is very good news. I see it as a prudent start to a larger initiative, says Lise Christensen.

 

“We have plans for further growth in the BALANSE initiative. NOK 7 million is too little to implement the programme we have envisioned. We will definitely propose a budget increase in the future and are hoping the ministries will follow up accordingly,” says Mr Hallén.

Measures for individuals and institutions alike

Both Knut Liestøl and Karina Langseth-Manrique, a director at GE Healthcare and member of the external resource group, think the best use of the NOK 7 million would be to fund a few individual projects.

One possibility would be to test out a specific form of support for projects that combine career-promoting measures for individuals along with a broader package of measures targeted at the specific challenges of each institution. A key aim of the new form of support would be to enhance leaders’ awareness of gender equality efforts.

Associated companies:


 

Related news

Latest news

From stamp to screen: DNV GL issues over 50,000 electronic certificates

Since the launch in mid-October 2017, DNV GL has issued approximately 50,000 certificates, 

THERMO-TRANSIT FURTHER STRENGTHENS THE COMPANYS GROWTH

THERMO-TRANSIT FURTHER STRENGTHENS THE COMPANYS GROWTH BY APPOINTING JESPER HANSEN AS CHAIRMAN AND JAKOB HOLM AS CEO.

New Zealand Navy turns to Vestdavit for hands-on experience

Since 2000, Vestdavit has supplied 14 davits for seven NZ Navy vessels.

DNV GL and AEP Ohio win Energy Award for helping new energy efficient technology in ultra-low temperature freezers reach the market

Stirling ultra-low temperature freezers now ENERGY STAR certified

New 4K Displays Enable Cutting-Edge Multi-Data Fishing Vessel Bridge Solution from Furuno Norway

Newbuild Danish trawler 'Gitte Henning' first to benefit from large-format, ultra high definition bridge display innovation.

New DNV GL class notations aim to improve stern tube bearing performance

In the “Shaft align” class notations and the revised main class requirements for single stern tube bearing installations,

DNV GL provides due diligence to institutional lenders for investment in 659 MW Walney offshore wind project

Through DNV GL’s technical assessment to the group of lenders,

Welcome to the new service centre in Rørvik!

OK Marine will sell and offer service of its recognized cleaning fish products.

DNV GL boosts investment in 3D printing with establishment of Global Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence in Singapore

Through the newly established centre, DNV GL is running the recently announced collaboration with Sembcorp Marine,