Nordic scenarios – creating a competitive edge through diversity and equality
The Committee for Gender Balance and Diversity in Research (KIF committee) is happy to invite you to our Nordic conference in Oslo 8-9 November 2017.
About the conference
It is well established that excellent research requires increased mobility and internationalization. Yet, it also requires utilizing the full range of talent within each country’s population. Does the Nordic model succeed at achieving this? Can Nordic efforts for gender balance and ethnic diversity in academia become a global competitive advantage for Nordic research?
On a global scale, the Nordic countries have come a long way in dealing with inequality. However, within academia gender imbalance and ethnic homogeneity remains a significant problem. This conference will serve as a platform for exchanging knowledge, experiences and methods so as to improve the current situation regarding gender balance and ethnic diversity in research.
We invite leaders in higher education, business representatives, equality and diversity advisers, HR advisors, politicians, government employees as well as other key players in the research sector to join us.
The event will mark the end of the KIF-committees fourth mandate period as well as the run-up to a new period. The conference is supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research and NordForsk.
The conference consists of five sessions:
Session 1: Nordic scenarios- creating a competitive edge through diversity and equality
Session 2: The Nordic paradox: ethnicity and gender at work
Session 3: Internationalization in academia and the Nordic model
Session 4: Nordic initiatives for diversity and equality
Session 5: Leading for equality
The SME Committee at the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise
Research coordinator, University of Gothenborg
Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research
Owner and founder of Opoponax Gender Consulting
Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology, Harvard University
Author of the article “Why Diversity Programs Fail”, winner of the HBR McKinsey Award for the best Harvard Business Review article of the year.
Head of the international expert group reviewing systemic gender inequality in higher education.
Former European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science from 2010 to 2014
Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University
Head of the research project Beyond the Gender Paradox: Women’s Careers in Technology-driven Research and Innovation In and Outside of Academe
Guðbjörg Linda Rafnsdóttir
Professor of Sociology
Pro-Rector of Science
University of Iceland
Rector at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
Chair of the Committee for Gender Balance and Diversity in Research (KIF)
The Research Council of Norway
Professor of Chemistry
University of Oslo
Former Chairman of Digital Life Norway and UiO: Life Science
Head of CORE – Centre for Research on Gender Equality and the research project NORDICORE – Centre for Research on Gender Equality in Research and Innovation
More details will be announced shortly!
Time: 8-9 November 2017
Place: Scandic Holmenkollen park hotel, Oslo
Organiser: KIF committee
Registration opens at August 10.