Spring Symposium 2024

14 Jun 2024  - 14 Jun 2024

Spring Symposium 2024

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Each year, LNVH welcomes PhDs, postdocs, assistant/associate and full professors from Dutch universities and university medical centres, as well as policy makers and policy advisors at the LNVH Spring Symposium. This year our Spring Symposium will take place on Friday, June 14th 2024 between 12:00 and 18:00 CEST at The Colour Kitchen in Utrecht. This year's theme is 'The Inclusive University: Walking the Talk'.


This year's theme is 'The Inclusive University'. The percentages of women in the higher echelons and academic management at universities are increasing. However, a strong focus on the betterment of the position of women in academia and prevention of the outflow of women academics is still necessary, as indicated for example by the declining growth percentages of women professors in the Monitor 2023. How do we maintain this focus on the equal representation of women? How do we achieve the betterment of the position of all women in academia, regardless of their background? And how do we monitor which women actually progress to top positions in academia? How do we ensure that broader D&I policies complement policies focused on women and vice versa? How do we create an inclusive university where all talent thrives? We will discuss these – and many more - topics with our keynote speakers, our panelists, and hopefully also with you. Working language of the event will be English.

Keynote lecture

We are proud to welcome keynote speaker prof. Nicola Rollock. Nicola Rollock is Professor of Social Policy and Race at King’s College London and Distinguished Fellow at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. She is founder and Director of NIANRO Consulting which specialises in advising senior executives and organisations and carrying out research around racial justice. She was recently appointed to the London Policing Board, chaired by the Mayor of London, following a recommendation in Baroness Louise Casey's review of culture and standards in the Metropolitan Police. 

Nicola is widely known for her research which examines, for the first time in the UK, the career experiences of Black female Professors and the exhibition that led on from this, Phenomenal Women which was displayed at London's Southbank Centre. She was previously a member of the Wellcome Trust’s Diversity & Inclusion Steering Group, Specialist Adviser to the Home Affairs’ Select Committee’s ‘The Macpherson Report: 22 Years On’ Inquiry and Senior Adviser on race and higher education to the University of Cambridge. 

As well as writing academically, her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Financial Times, British Vogue and The Evening Standard. Nicola was selected by We Are the City as one of 50 HSBC-sponsored trailblazers for championing gender equity; identified by apolitico as one of the 100 most influential academics in politics and, by Times Higher Education as one of eleven scholars globally to have influenced the debate in higher education.

The title of her keynote lecture is Enduring relevance of race and racism in higher education



12:00u Walk-in lunch with conversation starters
12:45u Word of welcome by the moderator and opening by the LNVH Chair
13:00u Keynote lecture prof. Nicola Rollock, Professor of Social Policy and Race at King's College London: Enduring relevance of race and racism in higher education
13:30u Panel discussion with Noura El Ouajdi, Chair of the foundation Inclusie NL, prof. Rashmi Kusurkar, Professor of Inclusion and Motivation in Health Professions Education at VU Amsterdam, dr. Anya Topolski, Associate Professor in Ethics and Political Philosophy at Radboud University and dr. Tamara Soukotta, researcher at the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies at Radboud University and visiting researcher at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam
14:30u Tea & Coffee break & award ceremony DWSFund laureates of 2023/2024
15:00u Intermezzo with storyteller Soula Notos
15:15u Plenary workshops in co-operation with Aaaaha! Agency for live communication: 'walk your talk-' and 'tablecloth session'
Closing statement with inspirational output of the day: the artists of 'het Wandverslag' turn the event into a visual report
17:15u Drinks


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