LNVH Newsletter October 2017

18 Dec 2017

LNVH Newsletter October 2017

Newsletter October 2017


12 December 2017: Affiliates Meeting and Presentation Monitor Women Professors 
Cultural change or ‘cultuuromslag’: a buzzword often heard when talking about diversity and inclusion in academia. And although regularly used, the concept remains vague, as many of you have pointed out. As LNVH, we recognize your need to further discuss, clarify, and make concrete. Therefore, we decided to dedicate this year’s Affiliates Meeting on 12 December to ‘cultural change in academia’. LNVH board member Halleh Ghorashi (VU University) kicks off the meeting by sharing some of her observations and ideas about patterns of exclusion in Dutch academia. Heather Savigny (De Montfort University, Leicester UK) will explore how cultural norms and practices feature in women’s structural disadvantage in academia. We hope to meet you on 12 December in the Muntgebouw in Utrecht! More information about programme and registration can be found here. Like last year, the affiliates meeting will be followed by the presentation of the Monitor Women Professors, including the current percentages of male and female professors and board members at Dutch universities, university medical centres, and other academic organisations. See you there!

General news

Pay gap at Radboud University Nijmegen
Following up on the LNVH report about differences in financial renumeration at Dutch universities (see report here), Radboud University Nijmegen's department of personnel and organisation (DPO) started a study to get more insight into the pay gap at the Nijmegen campus. The results were recently published: female professors and associate professors in Nijmegen earn less money, on average, than their male colleagues. Women who are university lecturers however, earn a little more. Read more.

Erasmus University Rotterdam: call for action
Headed by Hanneke Takkenberg (Chief Diversity Officer), ten scholars and staff members of Erasmus University Rotterdam made a statement in an open letter to entire community, urging the university community to actively work towards an institution in which we “not only give thought to diversity and inclusiveness, but actually take action in these areas.” The letter can be found here.

Forensic archaeologist Hayley Mickleburgh wins the first National Postdoc Prize
Forensic archaeologist Hayley Mickleburgh has won the first Dutch National Postdoc Prize. The prize is awarded by De Jonge Akademie and the Royal Dutch Society of Sciences. Mickleburgh, who studies how corpses decompose and skeletons fall apart, receives 10,000 euros to freely spend on research. More information

Minerva Prize
Julia Cramer (Leiden University) is the winner of NWO's Minerva Prize for 2017. Once every two years, the NWO Domain Science (ENW) awards the Minerva Prize for the best physics publication by a female researcher. Cramer will receive the prize for her research in the field of quantum science and technology. Read more.

Aletta Jacobsprijs 2018
The Aletta Jacobs Prize 2018 has been awarded to Lilianne Ploumen. Every other year, the University of Groningen awards the Aletta Jacobs Prize to a woman with an academic background who has contributed to women’s emancipation in the national or international arena. Ploumen has been awarded the prize for her commitment to and successful endeavours for the rights of women and girls all over the world. Rector Magnificus Elmer Sterken will present her with the prize on Thursday 8 March 2018. Read more.

The European Institute for Gender Equality has released the Gender Equality Index 2017. The Gender Equality Index is a composite indicator that measures the complex concept of gender equality and, based on the EU policy framework, assists in monitoring progress of gender equality across the EU over time. The six core domains (work, money, knowledge, time, power and health) of the Gender Equality Index, assign scores for Member States between 1 for total inequality and 100 for full equality. Check out the scores here.

Free University of Brussels (VUB): quota women professors
The Free University of Brussels (VUB) is to introduce a quota system that will require one in three professors to be a woman. With 28% of its professors already female, it has the best female representation of an any Flemish university. But more action is needed to get more women to the top of academia, VUB rector Caroline Pauwels said in an interview with the newsweekly Knack. Read more


  • Monique van Dijk-Groeneboer has been appointed Professor of Religious Education at Tilburg University.
  • Susan van Hooren has been appointed as Professor of Expressive Therapy at the Open University.
  • Lotte Jensen has been appointed Professor of Dutch Cultural and Literary History at Radboud University’s Faculty of Arts.
  • Marian Jongmans has been appointed Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at Utrecht University.
  • Eline Kooi has been appointed as Professor of Medical Physics, especially Vascular Imaging, at the dept. of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC+), Maastricht.
  • Merle de Kreuk has been appointed Professor of Environmental Technology at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geoscience, Delft University of Technology. 
  • Judi Mesman has been appointed professor of the interdisciplinary study of societal challenges, representing a shared chair between the Faculties Governance and Global Affairs (FGGA) and Social and Behavioral Sciences (FSW) at Leiden University.
  • Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk has been appointed Professor by special appointment of Comparative History of Households, Gender and Work at Radboud University‘s Faculty of Arts.
  • Diane Pecherhas been appointed endowed professor of Cognition and mental representation at the department of Psychology, Education and Child Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
  • Emilie Sitzia has been named professor by special appointment of Illustration at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Humanities.
  • Mariëlle Stoelinga has been appointed Professor of Quantitative Risk Assessment of Software Systems at the Radboud University Faculty of Science.

Attending and participating

In the Westerdijk year, Atria Institute on gender equality and women's history is launching a project on women professors. Five retired professors with different backgrounds will be asked to reflect on their career and being a (women) professor. These interviews will be included in Atria's archives. The public can contribute to this project via a donation to the Aletta Jacobs Fonds. Check Atria's website [in Dutch] for more information.

The new network Wo/men @ VU will be organising a debate on Wednesday 25 October. On the occasion of the Westerdijk Year, three VU professors will be reflecting on their position as succesful women at the VU. More information via women4women.few@vu.nl

On 2 & 3 November, the world of culture, philosophy, science, technology and storytelling will collide. Brave New World is an annual conference for professionals coming from science, industry, government and the creative industry, who want to go beyond their own field of interest. People who want to know what the future holds in store and how this will affect our life and work. Brave New World's speakers discuss what social impact new technologies could have on human life, before the innovations are introduced in society. More information

On Friday 3 November NWO will be organising an information meeting for researchers wishing to apply for a Veni, Vidi or Vici grant. Practical information will be given and laureates, selection committee members and NWO coordinators will share their experiences. The meetings will be held in English. More information

Preceding the inaugural lecture of prof.dr.ir. Ines Lopez Arteaga on 3 November, Eindhoven University of Technology hosts a mini-symposium 'Diverse Sounds'. This mini-symposium presents diverse sounds from two perspectives: the diversity of noise and vibration problems in industry and the diversity of voices that is needed at our universities. In the first part of the mini-symposium, speakers from vehicle industry and high-tech industry will share their experiences with sound and vibration problems within their application fields. In the second part, gender imbalance in academia is central. More information about programme and speakers can be found here.

The Network for Wageningen University Alumni Women is hosting its annual symposium on Saturday 4 November. An interactive day filled with workshops, discussion and opportunities for networking. More information via the VWI website [in Dutch].

Vacancies and calls

Maastricht University: Hoogleraar Internationaal en Transnationaal Privaatrecht
Maastricht University: Hoogleraar straf- en strafprocesrecht

University of Twente: Full Professor in Computational Statistics

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education: Vice Rector

EU: EU Prize for Women Innovators

See the vacancies via Academic Transfer

Web information

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