Networks

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: http://www.ntnu.edu/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.

Contact personAstrid Kunze

Women in Global Health Norway

The Centre for Global Health at UiO is establishing a national chapter of the global movement Women in Global Health to become a platform to connect, further strengthen and advocate for gender equality in global health within academia, public and private sectors.

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

The Nordic Network for Diversity in Physics, NORNDiP

NORNDiP is a project launched at the end of 2017 by an international group of female physicists from Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. NORNDiP aims to establish a strong, wide, and inclusive network of women and men in physics and related sciences, who live, work, study or have scientific collaborations within the Nordic countries, in order to increase awareness on important topics such as equality, gender balance, and diversity and decrease the gap at all levels between male and female scientists. NORNDiP receives financial support from NordForsk.

 

Network activities organised by the institutions

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 annual meetings for women scientists and 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.

Networks at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Oslo

At the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences there is a gender equality network with one representative per institute. The network will support the dean’s work and be a driving force for gender equality work at the faculty. There is also a network for female research leaders.

Equality director at the faculty is Solveig Kristensen.

Contact personLinda Vagtskjold

The Girl Project Ada at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

The Girl Project Ada works to recruit more girls to the ICT studies and prevent dropouts. It also offers a career network that provides exciting opportunities when students graduate.

Contact: ada@idi.ntnu.no

 

University mentor programmes and networks

About the network activities: The universities of Oslo andTrondheim have mentor programmes in order to back women researchers. Several of the programmes focus on networking.

Read more about the mentor programmes:

Mentoring programme for female postdocs at the University of Oslo

Mentor programme for women at NTNU
 

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 meetings 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.

Coordinator: Hege Løvbak

 

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.

Tekna Women’s Network, Stavanger

Tekna Women’s Network Stavanger consists of a board that makes an offer open to all female members in the Stavanger department. Among other things, the board aims to retain and recruit new Tekna members, to contribute to networking and mutual motivation among Tekna Stavanger’s female members, including female student members.

Contact person: Vibeke Ørn

 

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:

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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.