Creating a competitive edge through diversity – leadership for Nordic research excellence towards 2030


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Nordic research summit for leadership, diversity and equality. Take part in dialogue on how diversity and gender equality is key to creating a competitive edge in Nordic research. The summit will highlight the Nordic paradox where equal access to employment and politics coexists with inequality for women  in academia. This challenges the goal of excellence in Nordic research.

Academic leaders consider promoting excellence a central priority. This can only be achieved through targeted strategic actions. How can equality and diversity become part of leading for excellence towards 2030? This summit gives leaders an opportunity to talk to peers and major experts on how to use diversity and equality as a force for excellence. Participants will co-create Nordic solutions during the summit. This summit is for leaders in higher education, politicians, business leaders, research funders and practitioners. It is arranged under the banner of Norway’s presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers 2017 and is supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research and NordForsk.

The summit is a “lunch-to-lunch”event in the stunning surroundings of Oslo. You will have the opportunity to hear renowned Nordic and international speakers and to share your ideas with others. The summit has a highly interactive format; round table discussions, panels and networking opportunities with international experts in an informal setting. It will create many opportunities for your active participation.

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Day 1

11.00 Registration opens
12.00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-14.30 Session 1: Creating a competitive edge through diversity and equality – leadership for Nordic research excellence towards 2030
14.30-14.45 Break
14.45-16.15 Session 2: The Nordic paradox
16.15-16.30 Break
16.30-18.00 Session 3: Nordic experiences
19.30 Dinner

Day 2

09.00-10.30 Session 4: Nordic solutions
10.30-11.00  Break
11.00-12.30 Session 5: Nordic leadership
12.30-13.00 Concluding remarks
13.00-14.00  Lunch

 

Sessions:

1. Creating a competitive edge through diversity and equality
– leadership for Nordic research excellence towards 2030

The research sector strives for excellence, but has so far not succeeded in using the whole pool of talent. Given the right conditions, diversity and equality allow reserarch organisations to achieve a scientific excellence and innovation advantage.

Speakers:
Torbjørn Røe Isaksen – The Norwegian Minister of Education and Research
Máire Geoghegan-Quinn – former European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science
Dagfinn Høybråten – Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers (TBC)
Curt Rice – leader of the Committee for Gender Balance and Diversity in Research (KIF) and rector at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA)

2. The Nordic paradox
In this session, we will explore the Nordic paradox.  What challenges does this represent for research in the Nordic countries? Do internationalisation and migration have an impact on this paradox?

Speakers:
Mari Teigen – Research professor, Director CORE – Centre for Research on Gender Equality - The Nordic paradox, Institute for Social Research (ISF)
Paula Mählck – Researcher, Department of Education, Stockholm University
John-Arne Røttingen – Chief Executive, Norwegian Research Council  

Panel:
Mari Teigen, Paula Mählck, John-Arne Røttingen, Warsame Ali, David Hoffmann
Round table discussions

3. Nordic experiences
The Nordic countries have taken different initiatives to promote equality and diversity. In this session we will explore the experiences gained from the various initiatives. How do they contribute to change in  the academic sector? What can we learn from the private sector?

Speakers:
Anna-Lena Bohm – Chair, The SME Committee at the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise,  
Uniguide AB
Ingrid Guldvik – Dean, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, co-chair Committee for Gender Balance and Diversity in Research (Kif)
Fredrik Bondestam – Research coordinator, Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research University of Gothenborg

Panel: Anna-Lena Bohm, Fredrik Bondestam, Ingrid Guldvik

Round table discussions

4. Nordic solutions
How can we find the most effective solutions to our common Nordic challenges? What do we know about what works and what doesn’t? Can new technology-driven research and innovation create new Nordic solutions?

Speakers:
Frank Dobbin – Professor, Department of Sociology, Harvard University
Dyveke Hamza – HR Director, Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS
Gabriele Griffin – Professor, Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, Head of the research project Beyond the Gender Paradox

Panel:  Frank Dobbin, Gabriele Griffin, Dyveke Hamza, Arnfinn Midtbøen.
Round table discussions

5. Nordic leadership
This session will explore leadership in research towards 2030. Academic leaders consider promoting excellence as a central priority. This can only be achieved through targeted strategic actions. How can equality and diversity become part of leading for excellence towards 2030? What does it take for Nordic academic leaders to become champions of equality and diversity?

A dialogue on stage between:
Sigbritt Karlsson – rector, Royal Institute of Technology, KTH
Per Holten-Andersen – Rector, Copenhagen Business School (TBC)
Svein Stølen – Rector, University of Oslo
Guðbjörg Linda Rafnsdottir – prorector of science, University of Iceland

Where: Scandic Holmenkollen Park Hotel, Oslo

When: 8-9 November 2017.


Speakers

 


Anna-Lena Bohm (Photo: private)

Anna-Lena Bohm  

Chair
The SME Committee at the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise   
Uniguide AB
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Fredrik Bondestam. (Photo: Ida Irene Bergstrøm)

Fredrik Bondestam

Research coordinator, University of Gothenborg
Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research
Owner and founder of Opoponax Gender Consulting
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Frank Dobbin. (Photo: Thornton Tomasetti/Bess Adler

Frank Dobbin

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.
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Máire Geoghegan-Quinn. (Photo: EC)

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn

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
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Gabriele Griffin. (Photo: Mikael Wallerstedt)

Gabriele Griffin

Professor
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
Leader of Nordic Centre of Excellence
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Ingrid Guldvik. (Photo: Gro Vasbotten)

Ingrid Guldvik

Dean
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
Co-chair, Committee for Gender Balance and Diversity in Research (Kif)
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Dyveke Hamza (Photo: Haavind)

Dyveke Hamza

HR Director
Haavind Law Firm
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Torbjørn Røe Isaksen (Photo: Marte Garmann)

Torbjørn Røe Isaksen

Minister of Education and Research (Conservative Party)
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Maja Makarow (Photo: Academy of Europe)

Marja Makarow

Professor
Director of Biocenter Finland and Chair of Technology Academy Finland
Former Vice President of the Finnish Research Council – Academy of Finland 
Former Chief Executive of the European Science Foundation
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Paula Mählck. (Photo: Stockholm University)

Paula Mählck

PhD in Sociology
Senior Lecturer and Researcher Department of Education Stockholm University & University of Gävle
Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies
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Guðbjörg Linda Rafnsdóttir. (Photo: Silla Páls)

Guðbjörg Linda Rafnsdóttir   

Professor of Sociology
Pro-Rector of Science
University of Iceland
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Curt Rice. (Photo: Benjamin A. Ward / HiOA)

Curt Rice

Professor
Rector at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
Chair of the Committee for Gender Balance and Diversity in Research (KIF)
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John-Arne Røttingen. (Photo: Ida Irene Bergstrøm)

John-Arne Røttingen

Chief Executive
The Research Council of Norway
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Svein Stølen. (Photo: UiO)

Svein Stølen

Professor of Chemistry
Rector-elect
University of Oslo
Former Chairman of Digital Life Norway and UiO: Life Science
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Mari Teigen. (Photo: ISF)

Mari Teigen

Research Professor
Head of CORE – Centre for Research on Gender Equality and the research project NORDICORE – Centre for Research on Gender Equality in Research and Innovation
Leader of Nordic Centre of Excellence
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Warsame Ali. (Photo: NAKMI)

Warsame Ali
Research Fellow
The Norwegian Centre for Migration and Minority Health (NAKMI)
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Arnfinn Midtbøen (Photo: Institute for Social Research)

Arnfinn Midtbøen

Senior Research Fellow
Institute for Social Research, Oslo
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Practical information

 

Time: 8-9 November 2017
Place: Scandic Holmenkollen park hotel, Oslo
Organiser: KIF committee

 


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Time and place

The Committee for Gender Balance and Diversity in Research (KIF committee) hosts the conference Creating a competitive edge through diversity – leadership for Nordic research excellence towards 2030

Where: Scandic Holmenkollen Park Hotel, Oslo

When: 8-9 November 2017

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What is the KIF Committee?

The fourth Committee for Gender Balance and Diversity in Research (KIF Committee) was appointed to serve from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2017. Professor Curt Rice is the chair of the committee.

Members in KIF

Mandate for the Committee for Gender Balance and Diversity in Research (KIF)

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