Invitation : “Empowering Women in Business Leadership” seminar on the 8th of March 2018 at Eurooppasali Helsinki

The French Institute in Finland is happy to invite you to the seminar “Empowering Women in Business Leadership” organized on the United Nations’ International Women’s Day on the 8th March 2018, in the presence of Mr Olli Rehn, Member of the Board in the Bank of Finland and former Finnish Minister of Economic Affairs.

The seminar will focus on women in leadership positions, and how inequality between men and women influences attitudes and assumptions regarding women’s and men’s career paths and advancement opportunities. The aim is also to inspire women and young women to believe in their equal opportunities in education and in work life and to encourage them to make brave choices and decisions.

Our group of distinguished speakers includes Ms. Rebecca Piekkari, professor, Aalto University School of Business; Mr. Jukka Maarianvaara, Ombudsman for Equality; Ms. Marjo Liukkonen-Lazaro, Director of Corporate Coverage, BNP Paribas Corporate and Institutional Banking; Ms. Christina Dahlblom, Managing Director, Miltton Sparks and many more.

The conference will be held in English at the Eurooppasali in central Helsinki (Malminkatu 16).

08h30 Doors open
09h00-09h10 Welcome
09h10-09h30 Opening speech
09h30-10h30 1st panel discussion
10h30-11h00 Coffee break
11h00-12h00 2nd panel discussion

Please register by writing to

For further information please visit the website.

We hope to see you all join us to celebrate Women’s Day!

Kumpula Women – what we did in 2017

We are an informal network of women scientists, researchers, students and staff working at Kumpula Campus. Through our activities, we aim to give visibility to women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), share our perspectives and help networking. We welcome to our community both women and men, both junior and senior.

In 2017, our mailing list (currently with 70 members and heartily welcoming new ones) has proved to be the most important channel of information. Through the mailing list and via our website, we share information about interesting events, research, thoughts, policies, and whatever we think might interest us. We recently overhauled the look of our webpages, including a new logo. In addition, we established a Facebook group, “Kumpula Women in Science”.

We continued our monthly lunches at Dynamicum the first Monday of each month. Typically, a dozen ladies, sometimes also gentlemen, join in to enjoy the lunch. Although the discussions are cheerful and the atmosphere is spontaneous, the topics are often serious, including career opportunities in the shadow of “gender scissors”, challenges in combining work and family, and sexual harassment at work.

On March 8th 2017, together with Kumpula communication officers, we organized a popular science seminar “Deep within the Earth and Skies so High – KumpulaNOW talks on International Womens’ Day”, an event celebrating the first 100 years of Finnish women in science. Speakers included Vice-dean Esko Ukkonen, specialist in Finnish-women-in-science Eva Isaksson, space scientists Emilia Kilpua and earth scientist Emilia Koivisto, as well as director Marjukka Virkki from ABB.

At the end of the year, we had our traditional potluck Christmas coffee. Professor of cosmology and active conversationalist in society Kari Enqvist introduced a male perspective on women-in-science. He brought to our discussion the interesting viewpoint that due to reserve and courtesy, male professors might treat their female colleagues and students more formally than they treat the male ones. Thus, since professors in science are still mostly men, women scientists might feel that they are not so warmly welcomed and firmly included in the scientific community as their male colleagues – which in turn might affect their career choices.

We have established several new contacts outside Kumpula campus. We met with Women of Biotechnology from Viikki Campus and started to plan common activities. In addition, we supported a science-and-art project by the Honkasalo-Niemi-Virtanen collective,  which is working in the fields of music, theatre, sculpture and time-based arts.

During this New Year, please keep on sharing your thoughts, ideas and news through our network! Together we can make our campus an excellent place to work and study for everyone, both women and men.

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