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.

Gendered Research and Innovation Workshop

If you want to discuss how gender issues affect research and innovation, here’s a good chance to do that.

March 14th, 2016 at 11-14. University of Helsinki, Minerva-tori K226, Siltavuorenpenger 5A.

Keynote talks
Professor Simone Buitendijk, Gendered research and innovation (GRI): integrating sex and gender analyses in the research process.
Professor Thomas Brage, Gender and Physics.

Other speakers
Professor in computational aerosol physics, Department of Physics, Hanna Vehkamäki.
Academy professor, Faculty of Theology, Elina Vuola.
Professor, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, Marjut Jyrkinen.

Professor, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, Tuija Pulkkinen.

Professor of English, Vice-Rector Anna Mauranen.

What does this mean in your research?

  • What may we be unwittingly risking by sweeping gender under the carpet?
  • Are we endangering the applicability of research results by underestimating the gender perspective?
  • How can we best integrate a gender perspective into research designs?
  • How does perceived gender inequality affect workplace well-being?
  • Where do disciplinary differences stand in relation to gendered research issues?

    Gendered research and innovation

11 February: International Day of Women and Girls in Science

In their efforts to promote gender equality, the UN General Assembly has declared February 11th as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. SciDev.net will be hosting a Twitter discussion on such day (1-3pm GMT) by the hashtag #SciWomen. Topics will include:
– How can we break down barriers and better support women in STEM?
– How do challenges vary by region and context?
– Success stories: What works where, and what has failed?
– Has the time come to get radical? What would radical approaches togender
equality look like in different regions?
– Is the focus on conventional STEM blinkered to innovation that
flourishes in informal spaces?

Welcome to join the discussion!

Seminar: The Brilliance of Science – the Role of Women in International Science

The role of women in the international research was discussed on the October 6th during the seminar organised by the embassy of Italy in Finland and Finnish Academy of Science and Letters in the University of Helsinki. Three top female researchers from Italy and Finland have been invited to give lectures on the role of women in the modern scientific community.

The event was opened by the welcoming words from the Ambassador of Italy, Mr. Giorgio Visetti, and the Permanent Secretary Anita Lehikoinen who emphasised the importance of gender diversity in science. Ms. Lehikoinen stated that the best approach to increase the number of women in science is to encourage young girls to study the most difficult scientific discipline. This could be done by both making female researchers visible as a role model for future scientists and improving the teachers education in a sense of gender equality.

Professor Angela Bracco from the  University of Milan and INFN Milano revealed the statistics of gender distribution in her research institution in the talk “The Approach and Contribution of Women to Push for Progress in Science”. 25% of the personnel of the INFN Milano are women including mainly the research, administration, engineering and technician staff. In the university of Milan 35% of students are women, including 28% in physics, 31% in Chemistry, 35% in mathematics, 68% in Biology and 32% in geology. The European Physics Society (EPS) made a survey aimed to find the reasons why only a few women choose science as their profession. The majority of women says that science is very demanding field to combine with the family life. The EPS takes a lot of action on promoting the gender equality in science and improving the social conditions to help women to overcome the barriers between their social life and the career in science.

Irma Thesleff is an academician and the professor of the Institute of Biotechnology at the University of Helsinki. Her talk “Towards Gender Equality in Finnish Top Science” was a great overview of the role of women in Finnish academia. The representation of women in academic top positions in Finland is pretty good comparing to other countries. The reasons for this goes deeply to the history of the Finnish society: traditionally women were working outside of homes; women have been equal to men politically since 1906 when Finland was first in Europe to grant women suffrage and the first in the world where women were able to stand as candidates at elections. Finnish academic society has examples of  brilliant Finnish female researches since 1901. Nowadays 28% of the professors and 24% of the academy professors in Finland are women. These fraction of women in science has been increasing through recent years and the Academy of Finland is aiming to keep this trend going.

WP_20151006_19_16_23_ProThe key speaker of the event, Dr. Fabiola Gianotti, an Italian physicist and Director-General of the largest particle physics laboratory in the world, gave an inspirational talk named “CERN: Much More than Fundamental Research ”. After she gave an overview of the discoveries made in CERN, in particularly capturing of the Higgs Boson by the ATLAS detector, which Dr. Gianotti was project leader of, she changed the subject from science to people who made these discoveries possible. In her speech Dr.Gianotti stressed the importance of the diversity by any means: gender, age, nationalities, traditions etc. Nowadays, 11500 scientists of 113 nationalities are doing world leading science in CERN despite of the politics. As the scientifical center with the majority of people being less than 30 years old, CERN puts a lot of effort on education in general and the attraction of school kids to choose science as their future profession regardless of their gender. During the last 15 years the amount of female researchers in CERN has increased from 5% in 2000 to 20% in 2010 and counting. The positive thing here is that this proportion remains true for the scientist in a higher level of the CERN’s hierarchy as well. And CERN is highly interested in continuing the effort on increasing the fraction of women in the research centre.

“The diversity is our strength,” said Dr. Gianotti.

For more details, the summary in Finnish and the full video of the event please visit Finnish Academy of Science and Letters