Gender in the Nordic Research and Innovation Area

The Nordic region is the European leader in gender equality, but when it comes to leadership positions in research and innovation, men dominate just as widely here as in the rest of Europe.


Through new and innovative, yet focused and result-oriented activities, this joint Nordic initiative will make a significant contribu­tion to gender issues on the research and innovation agenda. The aim of the initiative is to pinpoint the reason for why the research and innovation area has not followed the trend towards a gender equal society and to identify the measures needed to remedy this.


For the last forty years, gender balance and gender equality have been an important Nordic political priority and the societal changes have been significant, pushing the Nordic countries to the forefront of gender equality. However, the positive results from gender equality indexes are not reflected in the Nordic research and innovation area. Instead, all Nordic countries perform around the European average.

Programme committee


Jesper Werdelin Simonsen, Executive Director, The Research Council of Norway


  • Marja Makarow, Director, Biocenter Finland 
  • Hannele Kurki, Senior Scientific Adviser, Academy of Finland 
  • Una Strand Vidarsdóttir, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, Iceland
  • Ingeborg W. Owesen, Senior Adviser, The Research Council of Norway 
  • Lise Christensen, Special Adviser, Research Council of Norway 
  • Inger Jonsson, Senior Advisor, Forte, Sweden


  • Sophia Ivarsson, Senior Adviser, VINNOVA, Sweden
  • Lisa Westholm, Research secretary, Swedish Research Council



Beyond the Gender Paradox: Women's careers in technology-driven research and innovation in and outside of academe
Nordic Centre for Research on Gender Equality in Research and Innovation (NORDICORE)
Contact person
Siri Jørgensen Bjarnar - Senior Adviser (on maternal leave)
Contact person Siri Jørgensen Bjarnar
Senior Adviser (on maternal leave)
Work +47 913 16 554
Lise-Lotte Wallenius - Senior Adviser
Contact person Lise-Lotte Wallenius
Senior Adviser
Work +47 915 81 993