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ABE internal seminar series on JML

Within the framework of the ABE school's Gender Equality, Diversity and Equal Opportunities (JML) work, an internal seminar series is now starting with the aim of highlighting the work that is underway to achieve a gender-equal and attractive workplace.

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The idea is partly that the school's employees should be able to learn more about the work taking place within the JML work and about challenges and success examples in the area and partly to create a meeting place for dialogue and discussion. The ambition is to offer one seminar a month during term time where different themes are raised and guests are invited.

2 December: Gender Gap Variation across Assessment Formats: Explanations and Implications

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Arizo Karimi, Assistant Professor at Uppsala University

Mats Wilhelmsson, Director of Gender Equality, Diversity and Equal Treatment (JMLA) at ABE and Professor/Deputy Head of School



Date: 2021-12-02 at 15.15 - 16.15

Place: Zoom (link will be sent out after registration)

In this seminar, Arizo Karimi, Assistant Professor at Uppsala University, presents the working paper Explaining gender gap variation across assessment forms.

Using Swedish population data, we document that girls outperform boys by a third of a standard deviation in school grades, whereas a gap of similar magnitude but opposite sign persists in SAT scores in the sample of non-randomly selected test-takers. We establish that grades capture different attributes than SAT scores, which accounts for much of the variation in gender gaps.

A model of SAT participation illustrates how women’s greater participation—driven by traits not rewarded by higher scores—leads to their negative selection on observed and unobserved traits. We explore the quantitative importance of this mechanism and conclude that while selection is important, it fails to account for a substantial fraction of the gender gap in SAT scores, suggesting the possibility that the SAT penalizes women.

The seminar ends with the opportunity to ask questions.

Previous seminars in English

Seminars in Swedish are listed on the Swedish version of this page

23 September 2021: Female Faculty: Why care and why so few?

Sweden is one of the world’s most gender equal countries. But the fraction female professors at Swedish universities is low. Female researchers in Sweden, like in the rest of the world, still experience unconscious bias and sometimes even harassments. There are many scientific studies that demonstrate bias against women in academic settings.

In this seminar, Professor Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede from Chalmers University of Technology will bring up the most common misconceptions around gender equality and show, using scientific evidence, that those statements are wrong. She will also discuss possible solutions and a new gender equality initiative, Genie, that has been started at Chalmers.

Speaker: Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede, Professor, Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology and Head of Genie, Gender Initiative for Excellence.

Presentation from the seminar

Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede - Female faculty: Why so few and why care? (pdf 4.7 MB)

9 June 2021: What is going on within the JML-work at KTH and the ABE school?

This seminar was given in Swedish.

Welcome to this first seminar in the JML- seminar series where Anna Wahl, Vice President for Gender equality and values at KTH is invited to talk about the plan for continued work for an equal KTH 2021-2022. Mats Wilhelmsson, the school’s responsible for gender equality, diversity and equal conditions (JMLA) will inform about ongoing activities within the school and Klara Folkesson, Equality Officer will give an insight into the work carried out within the KTH Equality office and regarding active measures.