Bioequality – gender equality in the Nordic bioeconomy

Venus symbol. Illustration.A method manual

The forestry and agriculture sectors are important parts of the Nordic bioeconomy, but are two of the Nordic region’s most gender-segregated sectors. Digitalisation and increased automation of heavy work could benefit gender equality in the sectors. However, this has not yet happened.

In this network, we will examine how the digital transformation affects gender equality among young people in the Nordic bioeconomy and how digital development can promote gender equality. The project is expected to provide a deeper understanding of how the gender equality perspective can be integrated among both academia and business, as well as giving us a method manual for a more equal everyday life for the future employees in the bioeconomy.

We need students representatives – APPLY HERE! (PDF)


Project phases

    1. Mapping
    2. Norm-critical dialgue
  1. Discussions
  2. Method manual

These four phases will run from August 2020 until December 2021. The first three phases aims to gather data and background information for the method manual that will be created in phase four.


  • Nordic Forest Research (SNS)
  • Nordic Committee for Agricultural and Food Research (NKJ)
  • Skógarkonur
  • University of Eastern Finland
  • Research Council of Norway
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Food Norway
  • University of Copenhagen
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Finland
  • Lantbrukarnas riksförbund (LRF)
  • Ålands hushållningssällskap
  • Ålands Skogsvårdsförening
  •  …and ten student representatives from universities in the Nordic countries


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Nordic map marked with member-organisations. Illustration.





Nordic Council of Ministers. Logotype.




Start up meeting
September 24, 2020, online

Agenda for Start up-meeting september (jpg)


Jenny Pentler, NIKK, on NIKK and the financing of the BioEquality Network:

Trine Rogg Korsvik, seniorrådgivare på Kilden kjø, “Hvorfor er kjønnsperspektiver relevant for forskning på bioøkonomier?”

OrdmolnMindmap focusing on the swedish words "attraktivitet" and "förändring". Illustration.





Mindmap focusing on the swedish word "viktig". Illustration.