Wednesday 18 September 2019


Morning coffee and registration


Morning programme (in English)

Chair of the seminar
Professor Johanna Kantola
Tampere University

The morning session of the seminar will be livestreamed and a link to the stream will be provided both on this website and in the seminar Facebook event. The stream will be viewable in both places after the seminar as well.


Opening words
Director General Raimo Antila
Department for Work and Gender Equality, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

Gender Equality in Nordic Research and Innovation Now: Surprises, Opportunities and Challenges?
Professor Gabriele Griffin
University of Uppsala, PI of CoE Nordwit

Working in Research and Innovation: Experiences on Gender Equality in Finland
Nordwit researchers Tiina Suopajärvi, Päivi Korvajärvi, Minna LeinonenMarja Vehviläinen & Oili-Helena Ylijoki
Tampere University

The European Commission perspective on Gender Equality in Research and Innovation
Senior Policy Officer Anne Pépin
European Commission

How funding agencies can promote gender equality in R&I
Chair: Professor Liisa Husu
Örebro University, Sweden

Who, What, How? The Vinnova way of gender mainstreaming
Programme Manager Sophia Ivarsson
Vinnova, Sweden

Does diversity contribute to international business growth and success?
Head of Talent Boost Finland Ulla Hiekkanen-Mäkelä
Business Finland




Afternoon programme: Gender Equality in Regional Research and Innovation (in Finnish, simultaneously translated into English)

What of the rest of Finland? – Is gender equality a problem in regional development?
Specialist Kirsi Siltanen, Consultancy for Regional Development MDI

Panel: Promoting Gender Equality as a Regional Resource
Chair: Head of Regional Development Kaisa-Leena Lintilä, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
Head of Financing Kalevi Pölönen, South Savo Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
Development Director Tiina Rajala, Council of Oulu Region
Development Director Petri Räsänen, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment; Director of Innovation and Foresight, Council of Tampere Region (on leave)

Closing words – Look to the Future
Permanent Secretary Anita Lehikoinen, Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland