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Most read articles in 2020

The top five news articles in 2020 deal with topics such as sexual harassment, discrimination, COVID-19's effect on scientific productivity, and new EU demands for gender equality plans.
January 7, 2021

The most read news articles at Kifinfo last year were about the impact of COVID-19 on gender distribution in academic publishing, about discrimination in academia, and the lack of sexual harassment measures in Europe.

Also, on the top five list is the opinion by Curt Rice and Heidi Holt Zachariassen, including their recommendations for research organizations applying to Horizon Europe, the EU’s research funding programme.

Top five stories from 2020 are:

1. Fewer publications from women researchers after COVID-19

The COVID-19 measures in place appear to affect the productivity of women researchers more than men. According to a Danish research analyst, immediate steps to reverse this trend are needed.

2. Women publish more than people think

The assumption that male academics publish more than their female colleagues is deeply ingrained. But new analysis shows that much of the difference vanishes if you dig into the numbers.

3. No discrimination against women whose CVs are as good as men’s

According to a recent study, women and men have equal chances to move up professionally in academia as a whole. There are, however, a number of systematic differences.

4. Europe lacks sexual harassment measures and research

Research on sexual harassment in academia is poorly developed and there are few measures in place to combat the harassment itself. The Nordic countries are no exception. So concludes a new European study.

5. Opinion: EU demands gender equality plan before granting funds

Beginning next year, a research organization applying to Horizon Europe will need to have a gender equality plan to be eligible for funding. But Heidi Holt Zachariassen and Curt Rice of Norway’s KIF committee wonder if that will be enough to achieve real change that is inclusive for all.

Diversity report:
The authors of a new report suggest that research institutions must take more responsibility for building an inclusive work community.
September 27, 2022
A new report has identified trends and knowledge gaps in Norwegian scientific publications on gender equality and diversity in research and innovation. According to the report, it is not a given that measures aimed at gender equality are also effective when it comes to ethnic diversity.
September 12, 2022
Over half of all female doctoral students have experienced unwanted sexual attention, reveals a new report from Sweden.
August 30, 2022
Not everyone should take higher education, but every person should have equal rights to education. We need to keep those two ideas in our minds at the same time, believes political scientist Ingvild Reymert.
August 17, 2022
Organizations from 21 countries recently came together under a new project to promote gender equality in European research policy.
June 23, 2022