Kumpula Equality Festival

Equality Festival on Kumpula Campus took place on December 12, 2017.

Key note speaker Professor Paul Walton, University of York, UK:

Resistances to gender equality in universities, how to overcome them (Unitube-video)

Prof. Walton shared his recipe based on his 20 years of experience working with the theme of gender equality. He recommends as follows:

  1. share data widely and openly
  2. leadership
  3. focus at departmental/school level
  4. learn social science research
  5. use external catalysts
  6. keep the debate live, equip yourself with some of the theories of argument



100 Acts for Gender Equality

The event “100 Acts for Gender Equality” was part of the official program of the centenary of Finland’s independence, Suomi 2017.  It was held in the great hall of the University of Helsinki (Aleksanterinkatu 5) on November 10th, 2017. Pictures from the event “here

The contribution of the Equality Committee of the University of Helsinki and the Helsinki Association of Women Researchers: discussion about equality work by Hanna Vehkamäki and Päivi Salmesvuori, presented by Unitube is “here”.




KumpulaNOW talks on International Women’s Day: Deep within the Earth and skies so high

An event looking at the first 100 years of Finnish women in science and also picturing the future. Speakers include Esko Ukkonen, Eva Isaksson, Emilia Kilpua and Emilia Koivisto, researchers and specialists, as well as Director Marjukka Virkki from ABB Oy.  Coffee and cake will be served.

Wednesday 8.3.2017 at 13.15-15
Chemicum, auditorium A129, A. I. Virtasen aukio 1

Everybody is most welcome!

Deep within the Earth and skies so high will also be streamed online: https://www.helsinki.fi/fi/unitube/video/20588 .

The event is part of series of science themes for 2017 at the University of Helsinki, when the country of Finland is celebrating its centenary year, as well. It is arranged by the Network of Women in Science at Kumpula Campus and Faculty of Science.

The Perfect Equation

In honor of the Women’s International Day, CSC has launched a campaign to celebrate women in science in Finland. Read the stories of and hear the advice from ten great researchers contributing to science and research development in Finland:
Woman + Computational Science: Perfect Equation
Quoting from the webpage itself,

Regardless of the opportunities involved in using computational methods there is a gender division amongst the researchers using computational science methods. […] The goal is to highlight female researchers working with computational methods in Finnish universities and research institutes. […]

We wish, that encouraged by these examples girls and women would feel even more motivated in becoming researchers, studying technical and natural sciences, and especially in entering the world of computational science. Furthermore, the goal is to add awareness of gender equality in technical and scientific branches of science.

The patron of the campaign is the Minister of Education and Culture Sanni Grahn-Laasonen.

Teach girls to be brave, not perfect

Reshma Saujani is the founder of Girls Who Code, an US based organization which aims to close the gender gap in tech and to educate girls to computer science and, as the TedTalk below mentions, to bravery.

Some initiatives similar to Girls Who Code are present in Finland as well:
Rails Girls – coding camps for girls and women
Girls In Tech Helsinki – mentorship programmes and coding camps
Helsinki PyLadies – a support group to teach and learn Python
Women in Tech Finland – networking and events for women working in tech in Finland
Don’t forget University of Helsinki CS department has a network and a mentorship programme for girl students.