Women and Leadership 2018

This two-day round-table aims to bring an international group of leading female scholars to Oslo to discuss their current positions and inform younger scholars about the choices, rewards, and challenges such leadership posts entail.

Photo: Nadia Frantsen/UiO

Photo: Nadia Frantsen/UiO

Great opportunity for younger scholars

This international event is an opportunity for younger scholars to learn first hand what leadership means within different academic contexts and what it requires for female scholars in particular. This round table is open to academics (both male and female) at all levels, who are interested in learning more about the specific demands women have in various leadership positions across a wide range of universities and hierarchical contexts (spanning from departmental, faculty and university level administration).

Future leadership roles in academia

This event will provide participants the chance to exchange information about their own academic trajectories, positions, and experiences while simultaneously gaining insight into other institutional traditions and paradigms. In addition, this event will foster mentoring opportunities to younger scholars committed to an academic career and possible prospects for a future leadership role within academia.

Program and registration

The program can be found here.

The event is open for all and free of charge. Sign up here to attend


Åse Gornitzka (University of Oslo) - "The pink dilemma - Reflections on being an academic, a woman, and a newbie leader"
Virginia Richter (University of Bern, Switzerland) (external link) - “The Joys of Admin. Power and collaboration at different academic levels”
Helen Kelly-Holmes (University of Limerick, Ireland) (external link) - “Powerful women, a threat to men - and women?”
Fanny Duckert (University of Oslo) - "What are the tasks of a leader?"
Surin Kaur (University of Malaya, Malaysia) (external link) - “Women and leadership – what do we know from research?”
Ellen Rees (University of Oslo) - “The power of discomfort: Identifying and living your ambitions
Máiréad Moriarty (University of Limerick, Ireland) (external link) - “Balancing on the tightrope: Challenges and opportunities in a first leadership role
Elana Shohamy (Tel Aviv University, Israel) (external link) - “How to initiate a sub-field of research and become the founder of an academic journal?”
Elizabeth Lanza (MultiLing, University of Oslo) - “What are the challenges of juggling an international research center?”
Beatrix Busse (University of Heidelberg, Germany) (external link) - "Lean in or ladies' lonely leadership? – That's the question!"
Additional panel discussants:
Eirik Welo (University of Oslo)
Piotr Garbacz (University of Oslo)
Robert Blackwood (University of Liverpool, UK) (external link)
Bjørn Ramberg (University of Oslo)

This event is funded by the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Oslo.

Published Mar. 2, 2018 11:05 AM - Last modified Feb. 21, 2020 9:38 AM