Gender bias at AU - Five researchers present their findings

In 2018, the Committee for research and external cooperation (UFFE) at AU commissioned five projects to investigate gender bias at Aarhus University. The results, findings and advice from the five projects will be taken into account as the committee embarks on its work on a new action plan, which will replace the current action plan, when it runs out in 2020.

On this page, you can find short videos in which the projects leads summarise the findings of their projects, read the project reports sent to UFFE and find contact details for each project lead.


Gender and Networks in Early-career Academic Advancements

The project examines the role of gender differences in the networks that young researchers are part of – and how they affect their careers. A group of researchers from the Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy are responsible for the project. Researchers from Aarhus BSS, Arts, and ST participated in the project.  

The Gender Bias in Research: C3 - Course, Coaching and Conference

The project included three components: 1) a course providing female researchers with advice on how to overcome gender bias, 2) career guidance from a coach, and 3) a conference on gender bias and how it can be overcome, which took place on 16 November 2018. Researchers from all faculties participated in the project through JRA.   

Mapping the female perspective of the leaky pipeline

The project has taken a closer look at female researchers who choose to abandon an academic career path. The project sheds light on how female researchers at AU view themselves in male-dominated research environments – and how they describe the reasons for choosing to leave the research world. The project looked at the so-called “leaky pipeline” phenomenon, which refers to the fact that women are more likely to abandon research than men. Researchers from Arts and Aarhus BSS participated in the project.

Gender and Representation in Research

This project explored the denial of gender discrimination as well as resentment towards gender equality demands, and whether employee's degree of sexist attitudes would predict their attitudes to Aarhus University's current gender equity policy.

Building platforms for women and girls in science

The initiative placed focus on women in science through a number of events - and created a network between women. The project also created curiosity among younger generations of potential women researchers. The project is an extension of the already established platform, Women and Girls in Science. Researchers from Arts, Health and ST participated in the project.

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