The Committee shall support and give recommendations regarding measures that promote the integration of gender balance and diversity activities at universities, university colleges and research institutes.
The Committee shall seek to raise the overall level of awareness of issues related to diversity, inclusion and harassment at higher education and research institutions. This includes increased knowledge about how gender, social and ethnic background affect critical transitions in a research career; from the path into research to senior-level and leadership positions.
The sixth KIF committee has been appointed to serve from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2025. It is chaired by Dean Ragnhild Hennum.
Actors and institutions in the higher education sector and research institute sector, as well as the ministries, the Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills, and the Research Council of Norway may request assistance and advice from the Committee.
Members of the KIF Committee 2022–2025:
Dean Ragnhild Hennum, University of Oslo, chair
Research Director Ole Jacob Sending, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, deputy chair
Head of Department Torjer Olsen, UiT - The arctic University of Norway
Associate Profesor Yan Zhao, Nord University
Associate Profesor Ronald Mayora Synnes, Universitety of Agder
Senior Research Fellow Julia Orupabo, Institute for Social Research
Division Director Camilla Røsjø, Nofima
Research Manager Tove Håpnes, Sintef
Senior Lecturer Feroz M. Shah, The Young Academy of Norway
Doctoral Research Fellow Anna Piterskaya, Association of Doctoral Organizations in Norway
Student Rolf Martin Aspenes, The National Union of Students in Norway
Department Director Johannes Waage Løvhaug, Research Council of Norway
Professor Ragnhild Kvålshaugen, BI
Head of Department Atle Rotevatn, University of Bergen
Research Professor Liza Reisel, Institute for Social Research
Researcher Astrid Marie Jorde Sandsør, The Young Academy of Norway
PhD Candidate Johanne Kalsaas, Association of Doctoral Organizations in Norway
Student Caroline Erviksæter, The National Union of Students in Norway
Department Director Gunnlaug Daugstad, Research Council of Norway
The Committee shall have an observer from the Ministry of Education and Research. In addition, the Committee may have an observer from the Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills.
The current working period of the committee lasts until 31.12.2025. Representatives from the National Union of Students in Norway, the Young Academy of Norway and the Association of Doctoral Organizations in Norway are appointed for two years at a time.
The committee's secretariat is based at the Universities Norway (UHR).
Members from the Association of Doctoral Organizations in Norway was changed. Members from 2023 are: Nicolas Gibney og Ole Kristian Dyskeland (deputy).
More about Members 2022–2025
Read the news article: A new KIF Committee for the next four years
The KIF Committee was launched in 2004. The first committees was named Committee for Mainstreaming – Women in Science.
The third committee changed its name to the Committee for Gender Balance in Research.
The fourth committee was given a new mandate and a new name: the Committee for Gender Balance and Diversity in Research.