Mathematics research: New measures to increase recruitment and mobility

The national committee charged with following up the evaluation of research in mathematics from 2012 has made its recommendations to the universities and the Research Council of Norway. The Research Council’s first response is to announce funding of NOK 30 million for strategic projects at the institutions.

The efforts of the follow-up committee come in the wake of the report of an international evaluation committee which in 2012 reviewed the quality of mathematics research at Norwegian universities. The Norwegian University of Life Sciences, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and the universities of Oslo, Agder, Stavanger, Bergen and Tromsø took part in the evaluation. Overall the research institutions got very high marks, but the committee pointed out several challenges related to:

  • recruitment to the positions that will become vacant when many members of the mathematics academic staff retire in the next few years. There are not enough younger mathematicians in the pipeline to take their place 
  • serious under-representation of women in mathematical sciences research. Women comprise only 11 per cent of all positions, and the proportion of women among younger mathematicians is not increasing.
  • the low level of researcher mobility – nationally, internationally and between sectors.

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