In this section we have put together a list of networks and network activities for women scientists and students in Norway:


Scientist networks

Daughters of Themis

The name of the network, Daughters of Themis: International Network of Female Business Scholars, is inspired by Themis, the Greek goddess of justice.

The purpose of Daughters of Themis is to bring together and foster a community of scholars who identify as female business scholars. Members are drawn from all areas of scholarship pertaining to business, including law, economics, management and administration, political science, sociology and natural sciences.

Female business scholars wishing to join Daughters of Themis may apply online. Facebook: You can ask to be added to the group Daughters of Themis: International Network of Female Business Scholars. Twitter: @DaughtrsThemis.

Contact person: Beate Sjåfjell

Network for female design researchers

In 2012 IPD with Martina Keitsch got funding from KIF to establish at network for female design researchers. In October 2012, we arranged a seminar with the topic: Career planning. On that seminar we agreed on a common name for the network: Women in Design research (Wonder) and established a board group consisting of three Associate Professors from NTNU, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design and Lund University. We decided that the network should have open access and that it first and foremost addresses female researchers with a focus on industrial design.

Wonder is established but still feeble. A future challenge is to ensure a better foundation of the network in terms of management (structure, operation and members), planning of activities and dissemination (common research, information on positions, professional exchange etc.). Learning from other ‘women in design’ networks in Scandinavia and the rest of Europe would contribute to stabilize the network.

The goal of the network is raising awareness about women working in the design research field. The network establishes contacts and communications between female design researchers on different professional levels. It consists of an annual meeting, where key research- and research policy related questions are discussed, and of an interactive homepage for communication and dissemination of information, such as seminars, job announcements, scholarships and conferences. Particular themes of interest for the network are within the following areas:

  • design research topics,
  • career strategies,
  • day-to-day issues in the departments,
  • institutional policies.

Web site: Scandinavian Network for Women in Design Research
Contact person: Martina Keitsch
Department for Product Design:

Network meeting at the Department of Economics at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration

At the Department of Economics at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, all female scientific staff, both in permanent and temporary positions, gather once a month. The purpose of these meetings is to improve the work environment among the women, both academically and socially.

Norwegian Female Academics (Norske Kvinnelige Akademikere)

Norske Kvinnelige Akademikere (NKA) is an association for all women with higher education. It was established on 8th November 1920 with Norway’s first female professor, Kristine Bonnevie, as the leader. The network aims to improve women’s opportunity to use their knowledge on all levels in society, work for gender equality by acting as role models, and spread information on international issues that concern women. They also act as a network with women academics abroad, work for a family-friendly work place, and contribute with comments in national matters. Norske Kvinnelige Akademikere is asked to comment on relevant issues and is, amongst other things, engaged in questions concerning women in science. NKA organises around five meetings a year and releases news letters. The network also organises seminars, and a Nordic seminar is being planned for 2008.

Who can join: All women who have completed at least a three-year education at university level can join the NKA. Annual membership subscription: NOK 200,-, plus possible regional membership subscription. NOK 150, - for students.

Web site:

The Moment network for women technologists

Moment is a network for women technologists who have a connection to the Northern region. The main goal is to retain and attract female technologists to the North through a strong international network that encourages women to partake in the new technological challenges and opportunities of the North. The Moment network gives women technologists an opportunity to meet, become more visible, improve their managerial skills through a mentor programme, speak with one voice, and also an opportunity for personal and academic development. The network gets financial backing from Nordland County and the mining company Store Norske Spitsbergen Grubekompani and is run by Narvik University College.

Who can join: If you are a woman and a technologist/ scientist or a technology student and have a connection to the North, you are welcome to join the network.

Web site:
Read about Moment in our Magazine: Ready for challenges in Northern Norway

The Fram Centre – High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment

There is an academic network for women at the The Fram Centre in Tromsø. The members meet for lunch once a month. At these meetings there are lectures, either by a member who talks about her research, or by a guest who is invited to talk about an interesting subject, like a new book, coaching etc. The idea is to give women who work at the centre a chance to meet and establish networks across the centre’s institutions.

Contact person: Elisabeth Isaksson
Web site:…

Women in Science: Science ladies (Kvinner i Realfag: Realdamene)

This group was established in the autumn of 2003. Their aim is to recruit more women to permanent positions at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Bergen. Realdamene organise around two seminars/meetings each semester – everything from social gatherings to academic lectures and debates. The network has also been asked to comment on matters related to gender balance in science studies at the university. The network has its own mailing list.

Who can join: Realdamene is open to scientists and students at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Bergen.

Women’s Network for Research on Technology and Communication in Health

The Women’s Network for Research on Technology and Communication in Health is an interdisciplinary network that includes researchers from the humanities, social sciences, informatics, design, medicine and health.

The network establishes contact between researchers. This is done through regular meetings and seminars where we discuss research ideas, and collaborate on research projects and publishing. Furthermore, the network constitutes a valuable arena to provide each other with support and feedback with regard to career development and academic exchanges.

An objective of the network is thus to contribute to more female professors and project managers of large, externally financed projects. Additionally, the network aims to foster relations with relevant academic communities both nationally and internationally who work at the intersection of health, communication, technology and organization.
Contact person: Heidi Gilstad


Network activities organised by the institutions

Network meetings at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Oslo

The administration at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Oslo organises meetings for women scientists in permanent and temporary positions. This is meant to be a place in which women in science can meet across institutions, and contribute towards building networks.

Contact person: Eli Olaug Hole
Web site:

Network meeting at the Department of Informatics at the University of Bergen

The administration at the Department of Informatics at the University of Bergen organises one meeting each semester for women scientists and master’s students. The main purpose is to establish social networks, but the gatherings are also used to inform female employees of arrangements or measures that might be relevant. In addition, it is an informal forum for discussing departmental matters.

Contact person: Signe Knappskog
Web site:

Network activities organised by Kvinnforsk in Tromsø

The network for women in science existed in Tromsø from1987 to 1995. In 1995, the Centre for Women’s and Gender Research (KVINNFORSK) was established at the university. The centre is focused on one of the university’s strategic development priorities, women’s and gender research, and looks after the interests of women scientists in general.

Kvinnforsk frequently organises seminars/courses, and is a meeting place for women and men, students and staff at the University of Tromsø. Their activities include a Kvinnforsk luncheon and a Women’s Research Marathon. Kvinnforsk has also organised events in collaboration with the academic women’s network at the Polar Environmental Centre in Tromsø. For instance, they have held half-day seminars on matters related to women conducting field work, communication and gender.

Contact: kvinnforsk(at)
Web site:…

Network activities organised by the project Girls and Computers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Girls and Computers at NTNU work to increase the number of ICT graduates at the university, and are active in networking for female students. The project organises various academic and social events for the students throughout the semester. These activities are meant to help girls settle in and find a good network, both academically and socially. This increases the chance of getting more girls to complete their studies.

Contact person: jd(at)

University mentor programmes and networks

About the network activities: The universities of Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger and Tromsø have mentor programmes in order to back women researchers. Several of the programmes focus on networking. The gender equality adviser at NTNU also has networks for associate professors who receive qualification grants or “start-up packages” in male-dominated fields.

Read more about the mentor programmes of each institution:

Gender equality at the University of Bergen

Gender equality at the University of Life Sciences…

Gender equality at NTNU

Gender equality at the University of Oslo


Gender equality networks

The LUN network

The LUN network consists of gender equality advisers at the Norwegian universities. This network has existed for a number of years and acts as a forum for debate and sharing ideas.

Network for gender equality workers in the research sector

Network for gender equality workers in the research sector was established by the Committee for Mainstreaming – women in science (the Kif committee) in 2006. This network gathers gender equality advisers from different institutions in the research sector once a year. The institutions take turns organising the meeting. The Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions provides administrative support financed by the Kif committee.

Contact person: Marit Fagerheim, e-mail:


Relevant business networks

Oda Network

Oda Network is the leading meeting place for women working in IT or in the IT industry in the Nordics. The network consists of enthusiastic volunteers who facilitate networking, mentoring and professional expertise with the overall goal to increase the proportion of women working in IT. Our network will help support, promote and inspire women in sales, technical and managerial positions. The network is run on a voluntary basis and with the support of our leading industry partners.
Web site:…

Networks in Tekna

Tekna - The Norwegian Society of Graduate Technical and Scientific Professionals is Norway´s largest society of professionals with a master´s degree or equivalent in science or technology. Eligibility for membership is based on qualifications, not on where you work and what you do.
Tekna organises annual network meeting for women technologists.
Web site:…

European networks

The European Platform of Women Scientists supports the work of a whole range of existing national, European and international networks of women scientists from all disciplines (natural, medical and social sciences, engineering and technology, the humanities and arts).

See the list of networks that are members of the platform at their website:


Project report: About networks for female scientists

The KIF Committee has looked at the need for a collaborative effort to build networks for female scientists in Norway. The pilot project found that there was an interest in strengthening and co-ordinating the networks.