LNVH Newsletter June-July 2017

13 Jul 2017

LNVH Newsletter June-July 2017

Newsletter June-July 2017


Board LNVH
The LNVH board has seen some changes recently. Willemien den Ouden has stepped down per July 1, 2017. We would like to thank her for her unwavering commitment and wish her all the best as the new Academic Director of the Institute of Public Law at Leiden University. Henriëtte Prast (professor of Personal Finance at Tilburg University and member of the Senate (Eerste Kamer) of the Dutch Parliament (the States General) for D66) joined the board per July 1, 2017. Welcome, we look forward to a fruitfull collaboration!

The composition of the LNVH board is now as follows:
Prof. dr. Ingrid Molema – chair
Prof. dr. Angela Maas – treasurer
Prof. dr. Halleh Ghorashi – member
Prof. dr. Sandra Ponzanesi - member
Prof. dr. Henriette Prast - member

LNVH-medal for Bussemaker
On June 14, LNVH presented minister Bussemaker (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science) with the LNVH medal. She received the medal for the way she has generated attention for the position of women in science during her term of office and for her commitment and actions to promote a proportionate respresentation of women in academia. This limited edition medal is offered exclusively to those who contributed to the mission of LNVH in a extraordinary way. Only 5 laurates preceded Bussemaker: LNVH founders Bertien Collette, Els Goulmy and Tineke Willemsen, as well as former OCW minister Maria Verhoeven. Read more [in Dutch].

Distinguished Women Scientists Fund 2017
This year as well, LNVH is inviting female postdocs to apply for the Distinghuished Women Scientists Fund. This travel grant (max. 1500 euros) is intended for female postdocs, up to 3 years after promotion and residing and working in the Netherlands, who would like to travel abroad within the framework of their research. Terms and conditions, as well as an application form for this year's call can be found here. Four laureates (alpha, beta, gamma, medical) will be selected. Applications can be submitted until October 1, 2017 via info@lnvh.nl.

LNVH Spring Symposium 2017 'Women in Media - You are invited!'
As a follow up on our Spring Symposium 'Women in Media - You are invited!': talkshow host Eva Jinek recently reflected on the visibility of expert women in talkshows. During the event 'The Next Women 100' she offered some advice on how to get invited to talkshows. Definitely worth checking out here!

General news

Tenure Track at TU Delft
TU Delft brings more flexibility in its Tenure Track to remove obstacles surrounding parenthood and parental leave. It has been found that a significant part of the Tenure Trackers have this need - you might recall the petition presented to the Minister of OC&W (Education, Culture and Science) last year. Given the constraints on temporary employment relationships in the law and the cao of the Dutch universities (CAO-NU), TU Delft has now developed a solution for this. As a result, Tenure Trackers’ appointment periods will take into account circumstances such as getting children and parental leave for both women and men. A provision will be entered in the appointment terms which may lead to an extended appointment period, up to 8 years. The purpose of this is to be able to delay the final assessment date. LNVH is pleased with this decision and encourages other universities to also make such decisions. For the moment, there is little movement within the politics to change the law; LNVH will continue this lobby.

NWO Spinoza Prize 2017
Last month, NWO President Executive Board Stan Gielen announced which researchers are to receive the NWO Spinoza Prize. The announcement formed the conclusion of the Bessensap event at the Rode Hoed in Amsterdam. The NWO Spinoza Prize is the highest award in Dutch science and is awarded each year to three or four researchers working in the Netherlands who according to international standards belong to the absolute top of science. This year's laureates are developmental psychologist Eveline Crone, analytical chemist Albert Heck, physical chemist Michel Orrit and biologist and biophysicist Alexander van Oudenaarden. More information

Leiden University wins award for diversity policy
The Monitoring Committee of the Talent to the Top Charter awarded Leiden University with a 'Diamond', recognizing the organisation's role as a 'shining example' of male/female diversity. 'It's a question of determination,' says Rector Magnificus Carel Stolker, 'and that gets results. For example, we are appointing an increasing number of female professors. Read more

Expertmeeting Taskforce Diversity
Focus less on numbers and make sure all students feel at home. Some of the recommendations of the report presented by the Taskforce Diversity (a collaboration between Leiden University, Erasmus University and VU University) at an expert meeting in June 16. A summary of the meeting (in Dutch) can be found here.

Marina van Damme Award 2017
Three alumni of the technical universities (Delft, Eindhoven, Twente) have been awarded with the Marina van Damme Award. Van Damme was the first female PhD student at the University of Twente and has had an impressive career in science and industry. To enable young female engineers to further develop their career and to increase their chances, Van Damme decided to initiate the scholarship. At the TU Delft ceremony, Van Damme was appointed honorary member of the Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers (KIVI). More information about the laureates (in Dutch) can be found here.

WO/MEN 4 WOMEN @VU Network
Lanched this month: the WO/MEN 4 WOMEN @VU Network. Staff of the VU decided to come together and raise awareness for the implicit (and explicit) bias that fosters structural inequality in their own organisation. Read about the initiators (in Dutch) here. If you work at the VU: do keep an eye on corporate communication about this initiative.

Athena Prize
By means of the annual Athena Prize, NWO calls attention to women who do excellent scientific research in the field of chemistry. This prize is meant for female researchers in chemistry, who obtained their PhD degree less than ten years ago. Researchers working in the chemical sciences are able to nominate one or more female researchers for the Athena Prize. Deadline: September 28, 2017 - more information

BIH Excellence Award for Sex and Gender Aspects in Health Research
The Berlin Institute of Health, in cooperation with the Institute of Gender in Medicine (GiM), announces the “BIH Excellence Award for Sex and Gender Aspects in Health Research”. The award (20,000 euro for research) aims to bring more visibility to sex and gender issues in translational research. It recognizes research excellence among renowned scientists working in the field of basic and/or clinical biomedical research with a focus on sex and gender aspects. More information


  • Noelle Aarts has been appointed Professor of Socio-ecological Interactions at the Radboud University Faculty of Sciences.
  • Marjolijn Das has been appointed Urban Statistics professor at the Centre for BOLD Cities, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
  • Liesbeth Enneking has been appointed Special Chair on the Legal Aspects of International Corporate Social Responsibility at the Erasmus School of Law.
  • Els Koffeman has been appointed professor of Instrumentation in Particle Physics at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Science.

Attending and participating

Boys love blue, girls love pink. Men are not able to multitask, women can do anything at once. With these kind of contradictions and juxtapostions, we are constantly classifying people. But is it not time for another story, for a breakdown of the terms male and female? The 'Universiteit van Nederland' dedicated a series of classes to the theme men/women. Watch the classes (in Dutch) here.

BRAVE NEW WORLD is an annual conference for people who want to know what the future holds in store and how this will affect their business, policies and innovations. On November 2nd & 3rd, 2017 the world of culture, philosophy, science, technology and storytelling will collide. How far do we want to go with human enhancement? Does Artificial Intelligence has rights? What is the future of democracy in this digital age? What do we think of artificial evolution? More information

LNVH wishes you a very nice summer! The next newsletter will appear in September.

Vacancies and calls

Utrecht University: Full Professor of Animal Welfare
Utrecht University: Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacology
Utrecht University: Full Professor in Integration of Intermittent Renewable Energy

VU University: Professor Environmental Health and Toxicology

NIAS: Director

AMOLF, ARCNL, NIOZ and SRON: WISE tenure track positions

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin: Caroline von Humboldt Prize
Berlin Institute of Health: BIH Excellence Award for Sex and Gender Aspects in Health Research

See the vacancies via Academic Transfer

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