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Genie | Gender Initiative for Excellence

Through concrete changes of the academic culture, system and procedures together with strategic recruitments, we aim towards equal gender balance within the faculty. We invest SEK 300 million over ten years on gender equality work to make Chalmers more successful.

The initiative is funded by the Chalmers University of Technology Foundation, was launched on 1 January 2019 and run through 2028. As far as Chalmers knows, this is by far the largest individual investment in gender equality made by any university.

Background and motive of Genie
Like other technical universities, Chalmers has a very low proportion of women in its faculty. However, research shows that a more even gender balance leads to greater scientific success and a better working environment, for both men and women. As a strategy to become more excellent, Chalmers aims to increase the proportion of women among its faculty.

Overall goals 

The overall goals of the project:
  • Increase the proportion of female faculty. 
  • Remove the structural and cultural obstacles that hamper women’s careers.  
  • Create a working environment that is diverse and inclusive and supportive of excellence in research and teaching.


Genie mainly consists of two parts: concrete and tailored action plans, to achieve long-term cultural and structural change in the departments, and direct support to increase the fraction of females in the faculty.

About Genie events and related activities

WiSE workshop with Nanna Gillberg: "I’ve never experienced gender as a problem", March 10, 13:30-17:00

Generally, we are not aware of the notions on gender that we carry around and which are also embedded in society’s division of labour, responsibility, power, and resources. This workshop uncovers the history and contemporary expressions of our unconscious gender biases to show how biases and their effects can be eradicated. Nanna Gillberg is a researcher at Gillberg Neuropsychiatric Center at the Sahlgenska Accademy and at the Gothenburg Research Institute at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg. More information and registration​

Win tickets to Göteborg Film Festival

On January 24, the 43nd Göteborg Film Festival opens with cinemas all over the town, including Chalmers Student Union Building. This year the festival has two focus: feminism and Brazil! Compete with Göteborg Film Festival, Genie, Chalmers student center and Chalmers Energy Area of Advance and win tickets to the festival.

Genie Open Call a great success

Just before Christmas, the reviewing for the Genie Open Call was completed and all applicants have been noted of the outcome. There was a great variety of types of proposal, and in total, 73 proposals were received,​ with a total of 114 authors. 48 of the main applicants were female, and 25 were male. Read more about the open call​

Management gro​up and contact

Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede, Professor, Biology and Biological Engineering, leader of Genie
Mary Sheeran, Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, vice-leader of Genie
Anders Karlström, Professor and Head of Department, Electrical Engineering
Maria Saline, project coordinator
Robert Karlsson, communications officer
You're always welcome to contact us personally or by

Published: Fri 24 Jan 2020.