Millions for gender balance

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For the first time ever, the national budget includes dedicated funding to the Research Council of Norway’s initiative on gender balance in research management. The allocation amounts to NOK 7 million.

The funding will go to the Research Council’s recently established initiative in the area: Gender Balance in Senior Positions and Research Management (BALANSE), and has been allocated via the budget item for overall research policy priorities at the Ministry of Education and Research.

Gender balance with a knowledge policy perspective

“We are very pleased. The BALANSE initiative is extremely important to us,” says Arvid Hallén, Director General of the Research Council of Norway.

“Better gender balance in recruitment to academic positions is crucial,” continues Mr Hallén. “While gender balance has a gender equality component, it also entails a knowledge policy perspective. We want to recruit from our entire talent base, not just from half of it. To do this we need better balance.”

“Although Norway as a whole is at the forefront in gender equality overall, we are mediocre when it comes to gender equality in research. The aim of the BALANSE initiative is to support and strengthen efforts to remedy this problem,” says Knut Liestøl, a professor at the University of Oslo. Professor Liestøl chaired the external resource group that assessed the establishment of the initiative at the request of the Research Council.

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