The Swedish Research Council nominates 158 female researchers to international database

AcademiaNet is a database that highlights prominent female researchers. The purpose is to increase the proportion of women in leading positions within the world of research. The Swedish Research Council contributes to the database financially, and by nominating researchers – this year, we are contributing 158 new names.

Today, AcademiaNet lists 3 700 female researchers in many different scientific fields and from many countries. The database was launched in 2010 to highlight prominent female researchers, and in this way make it easier to recruit women to high-level positions. European research funding bodies and institutions are responsible for the nominations. The primary selection criterion for nomination is “unique academic merit” within the researcher’s field, such as prizes, membership of prestigious academic associations, scientific publications and patents.

This year is the fourth time the Swedish Research Council nominates researchers to AcademiaNet. Among the women nominated are secretaries general, members of our board and our scientific councils and committees, and also chairs of the Swedish Research Council’s review panels. However, the majority are researchers in Sweden who have received funding from the Swedish Research Council and excellent scores on their applications.

The Swedish Research Council has also nominated members of the Young Academy of Sweden, the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

The 158 researchers now nominated by the Swedish Research Council will, if they agree, shortly be searchable in the database by name, a brief profile text including scientific merits, and contact details.

The database was launched in 2010

AcademiaNet was established in Germany in 2010 by the foundation Robert Bosch Stiftung and the publishers Spektrum der Wissenschaft. Since 2020, the database has been administered by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), with financial support from an international network of scientific and academic institutions, including the Swedish Research Council.

Using the database is free of charge, but an account is needed to access the researchers’ contact details.

Go to AcademiaNet External link.




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