Time: 30.11.2015 –

November 30th 2015
at the Finnish Meteorological Institute
Erik Palménin aukio 1, Helsinki

Why do women represent more than half of the students in higher education whereas they are less present among university teachers and, more glaringly so, in positions of high responsibility ? Why are women a minority among researchers and especially in science ?
The French Institute invites you to talk about this issue with academics from France, Finland, Sweden and Norway. The Meteorological Institute provides the venue for this event in which  the researchers, the public, and stakeholders can express their views, discuss their experiences, and think of measures to be taken to change the current situation.

The seminar aims to raise awareness on issues related to gender equality in science and debate about policies already implemented and those to come.

Printable Program « Women, the better half of sciences »


11.00-11.15 Welcoming speeches

University of Helsinki – Academy professor Tuija Pulkkinen

French Institute – Dr Jeannette Bougrab

Finnish MeteorogicaI Institute – Dr Petteri Taalas


I) Do women have impact in science? The climate case

11.15-11.30 : Catherine Jeandel (CNRS Toulouse – National Center For Scientific Research)  Women in oceanography and climate research

11.30-12.45 : Round table  – Dr Catherine Jeandel (CNRS Toulouse), Prof. Tuija Pulkkinen (Aalto University), Dr Hannele Korhonen (Finnish Meteorological Institute), Dr Sanna Sorvari (Finnish Meteorological Institute)

Chair : Tuuli Kaskinen (Demos Helsinki)




II) Fostering women’s academic careers: any changes so far?

14.00-14.15 Prof. Marja Makarow (Academy of Finland) Finnish legal environment

14.15-15.30 Round table  – Dr Marc Calvini-Lefebvre (Aix-Marseille University), Prof. Thomas Wilhelmsson (University of Helsinki), Marja Makarow, Vanessa Dumetier (French ministry of high education and research)

Chair : Tuija Pulkkinen (U Helsinki)


Coffee break


III) Gender policy actions at European and national level

15.45-16.00 Dr Anne Pépin (CNRS) – INTERGER European project

16.00-17.25 Round table – Prof. Liisa Husu (University of Örebro), Dr Suzanne de Cheveigné (Norbert Elias Centre/CNRS), Dr Anne Pépin

Chair : Solveig Bergman (Norwegian Centre for violence and traumatic stress studies)

17.20-17.35 Concluding remarks


Exhibitions in the lobby

– “Women and science”

– Women’s short stories by Anne Papillault & Jean-François Dars

Attending the workshop is free, but registration is welcomed at science@france.fi before November 25th.