The Committee for Gender Balance will continue

Minister of Education and Research Kristin Halvorsen. (Photo: Rune Kongsro)

The Committee for Gender Balance in Research has been appointed until the end of 2013, but what will happen after that? Minister of Education and Research Kristin Halvorsen is now indicating that the committee will be extended for another term.

It is more than seven months since Minister of Education and Research Kristin Halvorsen assumed responsibility for the entire ministry, including research and higher education. She confirms that the focus on gender balance in research is just as strong as before responsibility for everything from pre-schools to research was consolidated under a single ministerial post.

“Tora Aasland was concerned about gender equality, and so am I. Our commitment to gender equality has not changed”, says Halvorsen.

Yes to internationalization!

The KIF Committee has provided input to the new white paper on research, including on the internationalization of research policy. The committee wants the Ministry of Education and Research to promote a gender equality perspective within the EU and Horizon 2020, the EU’s next framework programme for research.

“We are now working on the new white paper on research, and it’s too early to be specific about how the field of gender equality will be addressed there,” says Halvorsen. She can say, though, that she is very positive towards the KIF Committee’s input, including its proposal on internationalization.

“Norway has been, and will continue to be, a driving force for gender equality in international research cooperation. In connection with the development of the European Research Area and Horizon 2020, Norway has placed gender equality high on the agenda in its input. Norway has emphasized the importance of gender equality in the research institutions at all levels, and that the gender dimension must be incorporated into the content of research and innovation projects. We are now seeing these attitudes being adopted at the European level,” says the minister optimistically.

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