LNVH Newsletter January 2017

4 Jul 2017

LNVH Newsletter January 2017

January 2017 newsletter

With this first newsletter of the New Year, the board and bureau of the LNVH wish you a very healthy, happy and successful 2017, with exciting personal and professional development opportunities! We hope that in the next twelve months too, you will be contacting us with your questions and requests and news about inaugural lectures, farewell addresses or vacancies.

LNVH news

Recap Affiliates Meeting and the presentation of the 2016 Women Professors Monitor
If you missed our Affiliates Meeting on 12 December, a short video of this meeting, at which the 2016 Women Professors Monitor was presented, can be viewed here [in Dutch].

Westerdijk celebration, 10 February
On 10 February 1917, Johanna Westerdijk gave her inaugural lecture, which made her the first female professor in the Netherlands. To commemorate this special occasion, a festive gathering is being organised 100 years later, on the same day, at the same location (i.e. the Utrecht University Hall (Academiegebouw)) and at the same time (i.e. 2 p.m.). You will be most welcome. More information about the programme and registration is available here (please note: limited places available). This meeting also heralds the start of the Westerdijk Year, in which universities and research organisations are organising countless activities and initiatives (see the agenda here) relating to female academics and the development of plant pathology, which was Westerdijks’ discipline. 

Save the date: LNVH Spring Symposium
On 18 May 2017, the annual LNVH Spring Symposium will be held in Utrecht. This year’s symposium will be devoted to media and communication. In plenary sessions and workshops, we will discuss how to invest in relations with media makers. You will be receiving a detailed update regarding the programme in your mailbox in february. 

Distinghuished Women Scientists Fund
The LNVH board is pleased to announce the 2016 Distinghuished Women Scientists Fund. This travel grant allows the laureates to travel abroad for their research.

  • Jessica Alleva is assistant professor at Maastricht University. She is interested in investigating and developing techniques to improve body image.
  • Camille Creyghton is lecturer at the University of Amsterdam. She studies epistemelogical and ethical presuppositions underlying 19th-century French historians' scholarly practices. 
  • Mathilde Hagens is postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Earth Sciences, Utrecht University. She focuses on mechanisms of pH changes in coastal and open oceans.
  • Janet Vos is postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Human genetics, Radboud university medical center. Her research includes the identification, risk assessment and surveillance of hereditary cancer.

Affiliates and donations
At present, the LNVH has 1,123 affiliates, 827 of whom are professors and 296 are senior lecturers. As you can read in our domestic regulations, affiliates can contribute to the LNVH funds by making an annual donation. Although contributions are not mandatory, we would like to remind you of this possibility. See our website for payment possibilities. By making a donation, you are contributing to the activities of the LNVH and you are helping us to achieve our objectives. The LNVH has a target amount for donations. This amount has been fixed at EUR 50. 

General news

Bussemaker: 100 extra women professors
In 2017, it is exactly one hundred years ago that the first female professor was appointed in the Netherlands. On the initiative of Athena’s Angels, the Minister is commemorating this anniversary by announcing one hundred new chairs for female professors. These chairs are being created as part of a unique collaborative venture between the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (Ministerie van OCW), with the support of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the LNVH. In addition to these chairs, female candidates will of course be appointed in the next few years to some of the chairs that become vacant on a regular basis. These extra efforts will ensure that the target of 25% female professors by 2020 (the Lisbon objective) is actually achieved. More information about the hundred new chairs is available in the 'Letter to parliament regarding policy on academic talent', in Dutch only (Ministry website).

NWO WISE positions
In the first round of the NWO programme Women In Science Excel (WISE), Dr Elisabeth Adams, Dr Barbora Hola, Dr Stacey Jeffery and Dr Anja Spang have been assigned positions at the following research institutes: ASTRON, NSCR, CWI and the NIOZ. The tenure track programme offers talented female researchers the opportunity to continue or to develop their own research group and eventually to progress to a senior position at the institute in question. 

Ammodo KNAW Awards
KNAW and Ammodo have announced the 8 laureates of the Ammodo KNAW Awards 2017. Roshan Cools, Eveline Crone, Alicia Montoya and Eva van Rooij, amongst others, each receive a prize of 300,000 euros. They can use the money over the coming years to explore new areas of fundamental research. The Ammodo KNAW Awards were established to encourage particularly talented researchers at a critical advanced stage of their scientific careers. Through the Awards Ammodo and the KNAW wish to encourage original, unfettered scientific research in the Netherlands across the board.


  • Eveline Crone has been appointed as member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC).
  • The Department of History of Art in Oxford has appointed Leiden University professor Caroline van Eck as Slade Professor of Fine Art for the second semester of academic year 2016-2017.
  • Fanny Janssen has been appointed adjunct professor Mortality and Ageing at the University of Groningen.
  • Constance Schultsz has been appointed professor of Global Health, in particular emerging infectious diseases and antibiotic resistance, at the University of Amsterdam's Faculty of Medicine (AMC-UvA).
  • Lisbeth Utens has been named professor by special appointment of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for children and adolescents at the University of Amsterdam's (UvA) Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

Attending and participating

The Network of Women Engineers will organize an inspiration session 'Women in Science' on 14 February 2017 (University of Twente). Three succesfull engineers share their stories about planning your career in a men's world. Speakers are Masi Mohammadi, Kerensa Broersen and Kim Trumpi-Sweers. More information about programme and registration to be found on the NVI-website.

From April 5-7 the interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Humanities CLUE+ at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam organises a three-day international conference on resonances of the work of the critical theorist and philosopher Judith Butler, who shall deliver a keynote address and participate in the conference. More information

The European Women Rectors Association is organising the fifth European Women Rectors Conference on 29-30 May in Brussels. The special focus of the conference will be 'pivoting on gender equality through the lens of leadership: policies, strategies and actions'. More information 

The STEM Gender Equality Congress will take place on 8-9 June in Berlin. The event will bring together around 200 senior university staff, researchers, policy makers and NGO's along with representatives from industry, funding agencies and research councils for two days of debate and analysis on improving gender equality in research, science, academia and industry.

Vacancies and calls

Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study: Call for NIAS Fellowship Applications 2018/19

University of Groningen: Rosalynd Franklin Fellowships

Tilburg University: Associate / Full Professor of Economics (with tenure)

University of Amsterdam: Full professor Population and Evolutionary Biology
University of Amsterdam: Professor Cellular and Computational Neuroscience

University of Twente:Assistant/Associate professor (Tenure Track) on Control in Mechanical Engineering
University of Twente: Assistant/Associate Professor (Tenure Track) Biomedical Design

Wageningen University: Associate or full (personal) Professor in Agrarian Sociology (Tenure Track)
Wageningen University: Associate/Assistant Professor in Software-Intensive System Engineering

University of Luxembourg: Professor of Capital Markets and Post-Trade
University of Luxembourg: Professor in Contemporary European History

See the vacancies via Academic Transfer

Web information

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  • New appointments of women as professors will be posted on the site, as well as any inaugural lectures we are aware of. Please inform the LNVH.
  • LNVH affiliates have the possibility of making a voluntary donation to the LNVH. See: https://www.lnvh.nl/site/Events/Donatie/.
  • If you change the e-mail address in your profile, do so too at the 'account' tab as you receive the newsletter via the e-mail address stated at that tab.
  • If you have lost your log-on data, contact the LNVH via info@lnvh.nl.
  • The LNVH is regularly asked to draw the attention of affiliated professors and UHDs to vacancies. These are posted on the site and in the newsletter.
  • New Academic Transfer vacancies also appear daily on the LNVH website. Please monitor the website and report any relevant vacancies.
  • LNVH believes that relevant information about organisations, processes, services, training, events and vacancies should be made available to its affiliates for their convenience. As such, LNVH does not favour any of the initiatives mentioned in its online communication.