Female faculty: Why so few and why care?

19 October 2020

Welcome to a presentation with Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede, Professor, Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology and Head of Genie Gender Initiative for Excellence. Wittung Stafshede was previously a Professor at the Department of Chemistry at Umeå University.

Tuesday December 1 at 2.15 pm to 3.30 pm, at Zoom

Please note that the presentation will be held in English. It will be recorded and available at UmU Play during two weeks following the presentation.

Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede: Sweden is one of the world's most gender equal countries. But the fraction female professors at Swedish universities is low (average is 29%, 2019). Female researchers in Sweden, like in the rest of the world, still experience unconscious bias and sometimes even harassments.

There are many scientific studies that demonstrate bias against women when it comes to grants, publications and hiring. In this seminar, I will bring up the most common misconceptions around gender equality and show, using scientific evidence, that those statements are wrong. I will also discuss possible solutions and a new gender equality initiative, Genie, that started at Chalmers 2019.


Lars Nyberg, Director Wallenberg Centre för Molecular Medicine (WCMM) and Umeå center for Functional Brain Imaging (UFBI).

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