Networks of women at universities
A good network is invaluable when it comes to moving on to a higher position. The LNVH works together with the local academic networks in order to achieve our mutual goal: a proportionate representation of women in academia.
The web brochure Networks of women at universities strives to inform academics and university executives and university administrators about the role that networks of women can play, as well as give hints and tips on how to set up such a network.
Here below you will find an overview of university- and other relevant networks. Additions and corrections are much appreciated, and can be sent to: email@example.com.
At the bottom of this page you can download a pdf file with information on networks, and how these can be set up. If you are a board member of a academic network for women in science, we invite you to join our LinkedIn group.
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University networks for women
Alphabetically, per university
Academisch Medisch Centrum Amsterdam
for ambitious women at Higher education level who wish to further develop their careers
activities / goals: to inform and raise awareness of gender aspects, professionalization (through training, role models), mentoring and peer review, networking.
Website only accessible via Intranet AMC
network VENA, Vrouwen binnen Erasmus MC Netwerk voor Academici
for female academics Erasmus MC
activities / goals; meeting and career support
T: +31 10 70 32 027
network ENVH, EUR Netwerk Vrouwelijke Hoogleraren
for female professors EUR
activities / goals: to give a face to female professors
Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum
for academic staff
activities / goals: events, newsletter
network RISE: Researchers in Science for Equality
for female beta scientists of Leiden University, Faculty of Science.
activities / goals: Create an inspiring community in which female scientists can exchange ideas, innovations and expertise related to beta sciences by organizing networking luncheons and seminars; workshops aimed at personal and professional development; and an annual symposium (male staff is invited to participate), enhance the visibility of female top researchers at the Faculty of Science, facilitate intervision groups and mentoring activities, and advise the Faculty Board on their diversity policy
website: RISE: Researchers in Science for Equality
founded in 2017
for female academic staff.
activities /goals: Sophia strives for equal opportunities and a better working environment for female academic staff. Sophia wants to actively contribute to implementing the University's diversity and inclusiveness policy. They aim to do this by having direct contact with women academics and converting the issues they raise into proposals for policy to be put to the Executive Board.
Sophia wants to make it clear that the network also welcomes men who would like to contribute to Sophia's mission. In organising activities, Sophia believes it is important to pay attention to diversity in terms of job level, gender, age, cultural background, sexual orientation and functional disabilities.
network FEM (Female Empowerment Maastricht University)
FEM is a network of academic and administrative staff representing all Faculties of Maastricht University. Our mission is to promote the empowerment of women and female leadership at the university, and to foster a broader culture that supports gender equity and diversity.
activities / goals: Training, mentorship, information, networking and policy
website: Female Empowerment Maastricht University
network WVH Werkgroep Vrouwelijke Hoogleraren
for female staff
activities / goals: promoting and facilitating the exchange of experiences, mutual support, and to advocate interests
website: Werkgroep Vrouwelijke Hoogleraren
network Halkes Women Faculty Network Nijmegen
for women, from assistant professor to associate professor
activities / goals: Contribute to the promotion of female talent to higher university positions, through lectures, seminars, workshops, get-togethers and themed luncheons. Meetings are open to f/m at every level
website: Halkes Women Faculty Network Nijmegen
network LVN Letteren Vrouwen Netwerk
for female staff of the Faculty of Arts
activities / goals: workshops, lectures, forum for gender equality issues, consultation with the faculty board, professionalization of women, influencing policy-making.
website: LVN Letteren Vrouwen Netwerk
info: firstname.lastname@example.org (Margriet Hoogvliet, board secretary)
network DEWIS Delft Women in Science
for female academics within TUDelft
activities / goals: advisor to University Board, sound boarding, encouraging women in their personal, professional, and academic careers.
website: Delft Women in Science
network WISE Women In Science
for academic staff
activities / goals: meetings, workshops, lectures, advisor to University Board, advocating the promotion of women
website: WISE Women In Science
Universiteit van Tilburg
for women within the Universiteit van Tilburg
activities / goals: enhancing the visibility and utilization of female talent within the UvT
info: dr Mirjam Baars, email@example.com
Network for Women
activities / goals: to equip women with tools that can advance their careers by exchanging knowledge, experience and contacts. The network also aims to have a positive influence on the politics, policies and practices at Tilburg University to reach a better representation of women in higher positions.
website: Network for Women
network FFNT Female Faculty Network Twente
for academic staff
activities / goals: the exchange of ideas and experiences, professional workshops, meetings, professionalization of female academics.
website: Female Faculty Network Twente
activities / goals: advisor to University Board on the promotion of women , appointed by the University Board.
website: Ambassadeursnetwerk Twente
network OBP Vrouwennetwerk
for support staff UTwente
activities / goals: network meetings.
website: OBP Vrouwennetwerk
for ambitious students and graduates
activities /goals: meetings, connecting to pioneers and role models
network Young Women of Geoscience (YWOG)
for Female PhDs and Postdocs in the Geosciences Faculty of Utrecht University
activities /goals: lunchmeetings, workshops, discussions, networking sessions.
website: YWOG Young Women of Geoscience
network Women in Information and Computing Sciences (WICS)
founded in 2017
activities / goals: connecting women in Information and Computing Sciences beyond the lunch meetings.
website: WICS Women in Information and Computing Sciences
for VU employees dedicated to improving gender equality at VU.
activities / goals: personal contact with employees: for example, coaching and mentoring, organization of events, help and consultation within parts of the VU.
Universiteit van Amsterdam
network WiF Women in the FNWI
for women within the Science Faculty
activities / goals: informal contact, yearly meetings, award for best scientific publication, mentoring/coaching, promoting the number of women FNWI.
network Vrouwennetwerk FGw
for women within the Faculty of Humanities
activities / goals: meetings with guest speakers, coaching, peer review, sharing knowledge and experiences.
network VWI Vrouwennetwerk Wageningse Ingenieurs
founded in 1989
for female graduates, PhD’s and employees
activities / goals: yearly conferences, themed days, workshops and field trips, themed groups, exchange of knowledge and experience.
website: VWI Vrouwennetwerk Wageningse Ingenieurs
network LNVH Landelijk Netwerk Vrouwelijke Hoogleraren
founded in 2001
for women professors and associate professors in the Netherlands
activities / goals: conferences, workshops (also for postdoc and assistant professors), peer review, mediation for committee- and executive positions, representation of interests at OCW, NWO, KNAW, VSNU, NFU, CvB’s
network Medicine Eating Club
for female (medical) doctors
acitivities/goals: network meeting with dinner, once or twice yearly
network Marina van Damme Network
founded in 2016
'Hét netwerk voor jonge afgestudeerde vrouwen met ambitie en passie voor hun vak. De Marina van Damme beurs wordt uitgereikt aan veelbelovende alumni van de drie technische universiteiten in Delft, Eindhoven en Twente. Al deze winnaressen samen vormen het inspirerende, creatieve en actieve Marina van Damme netwerk.'
website: Marina van Damme Network
founded in 1999
for women in Geosciences
activities / goals: network dinners, lectures and excursions.
website: GAIA netwerk
network EWM-The Netherlands
EWM The Netherlands (EWM-NL) is a plat-form for all female professional mathemati-cians working in The Netherlands and forms the Dutch branch of the European Women in Mathematics (EWM). Established in 2013, it is supported and financed by Platform Wiskunde Nederland (PWN) and the Nether-lands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). EWM-NL is organized through an executive and an advisory board.
website: EMW-The Netherlands
network NVI Network Female Engineers
founded in 2009
for female engineerss within KIVI NIRIA (Koninklijk Instituut van Ingenieurs)
activities / goals: spider in the web of networks of women within Technical Universities en Universities of applied science en the technical industry. Professional development, exchange of ideas, promoting participatieon of women in technical and public positions.
website: NVI Network Female Engineers
network Nederlandse Vereniging Gender en Gezondheid
founded in 2017
Aim of the Dutch Society for Gender and Health is to foster a sex- and gender-sensitive approach of health and disease in research, education, and care practices in order to foster better healthcare for women and men. Such an approach is multidisciplinary and starts from an intersectional perspective.
website: Nederlandse Vereniging Gender en Gezondheid
network VNAN Womennetwork Arnhem en Nijmegen
founded in 1984
for working, professional and ambitious women
activities / goals: theme nights, discussions, workshops, company visits, promoting career- and personal development through the sharing of knowledge and experience.
website: VNAN Womennetwork Arnhem en Nijmegen
network VNGW Womennetwork Geesteswetenschappen
founded in 2006
for young female researchers in the Humanities
activities / goals: network get togethers, themed discussions with guest speakers.
website: Womennetwork Geesteswetenschappen
network vnVA Vereniging van Nederlandse Vrouwelijke Artsen
founded in 1933
for female (medical) doctors
activities / goals: ambassadorial network, coaching, conferences, strengthening position through utilisation of talents, creating interest for gender specific medicine.
website: vnVA Vereniging van Nederlandse Vrouwelijke Artsen
network Young Girls Community
Founded in 2014
activities / goals: growing group of talented business women.
website: Young Girls Community
network VVAO Vereniging van vrouwen met academische opleiding
Lid van International Federation of University Women (IFUW)
founded in 1918
for women with higher education; Bachelor or higher
activities / goals: workshops and training sessions for the personal development of its members.
website: Vereniging van Vrouwen met Academische Opleiding
network Women in Photonics in Benelux
for: females working in academics, industry and research institutes in the area of Optics and Photonics. PhD, Master and HBO students are also encouraged to join. Free of charge.
activities / goals: networking, organisation of symposia, meetings and workshops. Our goals are to encourage women to pursue and/or grow in a career in the areas of optics and photonics in the industry, research institutes, universities, and education). We are sponsored by the PhotonicsNL organisation.
website: Women in Photonics in Benelux
info: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
network WOW Women on the Web
founded in 1996
for women on the internet (academic, business); all disciplines.
activities / goals: spring get-togethers, contact via the web.
website: WOW Women on the Web
founded in 2019
for women in all areas of quantum computing and quantum technologies in the Netherlands
activities / goals: networking events, community building, mentoring, and showcasing role models, for women at all levels, including not only academia but industry, science communication, and policy development and administration
European Platform of Women Scientists
BeWise, Belgian Women in Science
Universität Münster: Büro für Gleichstellung
MWIA Medical Women Int’l Association
FEBS Federation of European Biochemical Societies
Nordic Network for Diversity in Physics
DIB Deutscher Ingenieurinnen Bund
SWE Society for Women Engineers
WITEC European Association for Women in Science Engineering & Technologie
EWM European Women in Mathematics