Support Office for Female Researchers(FResHU)

Based on the spirit of the “Basic Act for a Gender-Equal Society and the Act on Securing, Etc. of Equal Opportunity and Treatment between Men and Women in Employment,” Hokkaido University promoted various projects under its mid-term goals and mid-term plans formulated in 2004, such as the establishment of an organization responsible for implementing comprehensive measures, including a “positive action scheme.” As part of such efforts, with the aim of creating an environment that enables woman researchers to work on their research with bright prospects for the future throughout their various careers and life stages, and for the purpose of attracting diverse human resources to the field of research and education and thus realizing gender equality, the Support Office for Female Researchers at Hokkaido University was established in July 2006. It is also intended to plan, implement and promote support measures that address problems specific to female researchers.

The Support Office for Female Researchers provides female researchers and women aspiring to research with opportunities to make full use of their abilities and platforms on which their abilities and performance are fairly evaluated, regardless of their status, such as female student, graduate student, academic researcher or teacher. The office has organized a system for promoting various support activities that enable them to work hard to make their dreams come true and push the limits of their potential, just as men do, even in light of childbirth, child-rearing and nursing care, without having to face problems alone, but instead, receiving the necessary support. In addition, to assist junior high and high school girls who want to go on to the science course, we have organized the “Caravan: Girls Be Ambitious and Cheered!” Program, which mainly consists of female students. Since then we have been holding scientific experimental events for junior high and high school students.

Hokkaido University was included in the “Model Program to Support Female Researchers”, which was the first program for assisting female researchers under the FY 2006 Special Coordination Fund for Promoting Science and Technology of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Since then, Hokkaido University has improved the environment for female researchers so that they can continue their research, while promoting changes in the attitudes of female researchers. After that, the program “Shine Forth, Female Researchers; Take Root, Bloom Fully and Be Productive in Hokkaido!” proposed by Hokkaido University, was adopted as a part of the “Accelerated Innovation of the System for Fostering Female Scientists” Project, which was the second program for assisting female researchers under the FY 2009 Special Coordination Fund for Promoting Science and Technology of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Since then, Hokkaido University has publicly advertised teaching positions open only to women. Thus it has promoted the Hokkaido University F3 Project, which is designed to increase the female teaching staff and to help women professionals settle into their positions and play active roles, while further improving the environment for female researchers and promoting awareness-raising, in succession to the first program.

We will contribute to the promotion of research and education throughout the university by encouraging female researchers to give full play to their abilities, while maintaining an appropriate balance in their work life by cooperating with male researchers. Thus we aim to make Hokkaido University a key station for creative research and education that boast international competitiveness.