100 Acts for gender equality


The event “100 Acts for Gender Equality” is part of the official programme of the centenary of Finland’s independence, Suomi 2017.  It will be held in the great hall of the University of Helsinki (Aleksanterinkatu 5) on November 10th, 2017 from 13 – 16.

Event details are available at:


You have until October 26th to register for the event here.

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Best wishes,


Navigating the Dreaded Conference Presentation – How to communicate your results and findings effectively

Dear colleagues,
Autumn has arrived and it is time to start this seasons Women’s Networking sessions. On Thursday September 28th at 2-3pm in the BI lounge, we would like to invite all of you who are interested in effective communication to join our workshop with Vanessa L Fuller. Please let us know by Monday 25th of Sept if you want to participate so we can cater accordingly. Coffee will be served.
Topic: Navigating the Dreaded Conference Presentation – How to communicate your results and findings effectively
Vanessa L. Fuller is an applied medical anthropologist, who has more than 25 years experience as an international public health expert and as a member of multi-disciplinary research teams. Currently, she serves as an instructor and reviser at the University of Helsinki, mentoring PhD students, post-doctoral fellows and members of the academic community on developing manuscripts for peer review and writing grant applications and donor requests. She also provides guidance a range of other transferrable skills, in particular communicating the relevance of academic research to the public at large. 
We would also like to remind you of the upcoming  Irma Thesleff Honorary Women in Science lecture on Nov 21st. Invited speaker is Gaelle Legube who will talk about ‘Chromatin and chromosome dynamics at DNA Double Strand Breaks’. http://www.biocenter.helsinki.fi/lectures/viikki_lectures.html
Please join our mailing list for more information about these and upcoming events or follow us on: http://blogs.helsinki.fi/wmn-network/
With best wishes,
Kira and Johanna

Scientific research on gender biases

Do you see gender biases in science? Here is some discussion and scientific article about this issue!



About us and our aims

We are a community of women scientist of all stages and ages from the BI and Viikki campus who hope to raise awareness of women in science and promote networking opportunities.

On this blog we hope to share events and ideas with everyone who is interested and form a platform for mutual engagement. Everyone, man or woman, interested in the topic please join the community.

Kira Holmström, PhD
FinMIT Center of Excellence
Institute of Biotechnology
University of Helsinki

Johanna Englund, PhD                          
Katajisto Lab, Institute of Biotechnology
University of Helsinki

Fumi Suomi, PhD
Battersby Lab, FinMIT Center of Excellence
Institute of Biotechnology
University of Helsinki

Women’s networking event Thursday 8th of June 2-3pm

Announcement for the last Women’s networking event of this spring.

Date: Thursday 8th of June

Time: 14:00-15:00

Place: BI Lounge

Speaker: Ritva Niemelä from Finnish biotech company Glykos/Career in and outside academia

We will also discuss about where we are with our mentoring and other initiatives and what we have accomplished so far. Please join us for the discussion and share your thoughts on how to develop our network further!

Kira & Johanna

Meeting on Thursday 5.4. at 14-15

Dear everyone,
The next meeting will be on Thursday 5.4. at 14-15 in the BI lounge. We will do a hot topic discussion session, where everyone who would like to discuss or listen to the topic can join in at the table. The three topics are:
  • What’s outside of academia?
  • Work – life balance
Please come with your enthusiasm and questions! Afterwards we will update you on the progress regarding the blog and mentoring. Let us know by Tuesday 2.5 if you will be able to attend so we can cater accordingly. If you have a spare euro, bring it with for the coffee.
Kira & Johanna

Networking Dinner!

To all my fellow colleagues from Women’s Networking,

A dinner had been proposed where we can have the opportunity to actually interact a little more. With that in mind Women’s Networking is organizing a dinner for the evening of our next Women’s’ networking event: next week Tuesday 4.4.2017, at 6:30pm, at the restaurant Memphis (https://www.raflaamo.fi/en/helsinki/memphis-kamppi) in Kamppi. (For those of you who are vegetarian, there are options available).

Susana & Kira & Johanna

Event on Tuesday 4.4 at 2pm


Welcome to our next Womens networking event next week Tuesday 4.4 at 2pm in the BI lounge!

This time we have invited Jaana Nylund from the university HR services to give a short talk about mentoring and how to start with it. After the talk we can discuss about setting up our own mentoring program as well as other topics if time permits. Please let us know if you are coming by answering this email.
Additionally, to get an overview of your mentoring needs and to be able to build our own mentoring program, we would ask you kindly to answer our Mentoring survey by next week Friday (7.4):
Looking forward to seeing all of you!
With best wishes,
Kira & Johanna