Academy encourages women to seek international research positions

21st Feb 2013

The Academy of Finland has joined AcademiaNet with a view to facilitating the access of Finnish women to key positions in science and research. The AcademiaNet portal includes profiles and contact details of more than 1,000 leading female researchers from 24 countries, representing a total of 35 fields of research.

AcademiaNet provides a helpful tool with an excellent database for people who want to find a suitable female candidate for leading academic and scientific positions or are looking for a scientific expert, committee member or conference speaker. Journalists will also find interesting interviewees for science articles.

Launched in 2010 on the initiative by the Robert Bosch Foundation, AcademiaNet includes members such as Spectrum der Wissenschaft and Nature as well as 25 partners from Germany and other countries. The profiles of highly merited female academics and researchers are included in AcademiaNet on the recommendation by a scientific cooperation organisation. Besides the Academy of Finland, these organisations include the Max Planck Society, the European Research Council (ERC) and the Weizmann Institute of Science, among others. The recommendation vouches for the outstanding qualifications of female academics and researchers to be added to AcademiaNet.

Professor Marja Makarow, Academy of Finland Vice President for Research, says that Finland has long worked to encourage women to seek international research positions. “We’ve also tried to find ways how to make female researchers more visible,” Makarow adds and refers to AcademiaNet as an excellent solution to both these efforts.

The AcademiaNet portal has had more than 280,000 visitors. According to the Robert Bosch Foundation, some 800 organisations (such as research institutes, media and business companies) regularly use the service. The Foundation believes that it has also contributing to the fact that women in scientific communities of different countries have had increasingly better success in professorship appointments and other leadership position appointments in academia and science.

Professor Makarow points out that the Academy of Finland has actively promoted gender equality in research and science policy expert tasks since the 1980s. Through its systematic and concrete measures, the Academy has been a pioneer particularly in the promotion of equality. In all its work, the Academy has placed a strong focus on the promotion of women’s careers in research.

More information:

  • Vice President for Research Marja Makarow, Academy of Finland, tel. +358 29 533 5002

Academy of Finland Communications
Director of Communications Maj-Lis Tanner
tel. +358 29 533 5114


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