Gender and Diversity committee

Council / committee

The Faculty of Science is convinced that diverse teams perform better, and that the diversity of our students and staff contributes to the quality of our academic community. The Gender and Diversity committee (GenDi) has been set up to help to make the faculty a great place for everyone and to make sure that diverse talents are welcome and appreciated. The committee serves as a contact point concerning issues in the context of gender and diversity. It advises the Faculty Board and organises awareness events. When appropriate, the Faculty of Science Gender and Diversity committee coordinates its actions with the Central DEI office.

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Jo Zhou portrait

Jo Zhou new Gender and Diversity Committee chair

Dr. Jo Huiqing Zhou (RIMLS-Science) has been appointed as new chair of the Gender and Diversity committee of the Faculty of Science.

Posters Significance of Role Models

Annual Gender and Diversity Day: Significance of Role Models

On 23 May 2023, the Gender and Diversity Committee of the Faculty of Science held its well-attended annual Gender and Diversity Day. The event explored the importance of role models from various perspectives.

Radboud Getaway Fellowship participants 2023

First Radboud Gateway Fellowship students joined the Faculty of Science

The Radboud Gateway Fellowship, launched to increase scientific diversity, successfully hosted four interns this summer. Applications for summer 2024 are open until 31 January 2024. The fellowship covers flight, accommodation, and visa costs.


The Gender and Diversity committee strives to make the Faculty of Science a positive place for everyone and where diverse talents feel welcome and valued. Specific issues are discussed in smaller working groups, such as accessibility for people with a disability, support for international students and staff, work-life balance, inclusive recruitment, and LGBTQ+  issues. Depending on the topic, we seek advice from experts and collaborate with people from other faculties. The outcomes of the working groups are used to advise the faculty board about specific actions to improve the environment for all students and staff, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, (religious) beliefs, background or ability, etc. The work of the committee has, among others, resulted in the following activities and outcomes.



  • Awareness events: Each year at least one awareness event is organised covering topics such as Role Models in Science (2023), Diversity in Education (2022), or Diversity and Inclusion in Science (2021).
  • Towards Equality in Science Workshop: This workshop prepares people sitting on a hiring and selection committees by raising awareness on academic inequality and promoting inclusive hiring practices.
  • Diversity representative: To safeguard a fair and inclusive search process, one of the members of the hiring and selection committee is assigned as a diversity representative. 
  • Support for young mothers: Financial support provided during pregnancy and post-pregnancy leave to support women's careers (30/50K regulation).
  • Local LGBTQ+ trust person: Among the local trust persons, one person is acting as the first point of contact for staff and students from the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Harassment survey: All students get the opportunity to report their experiences and observations regarding harassment and social safety at regular intervals. 
  • Harassment information: In each bathroom, signs have been placed explaining what harassment entails and whom to contact when experiencing harassment.
  • Exit Interviews: Conducted with departing scientists to identify improvements for a more attractive workplace.


Towards Gender Equality in the Faculty of Science

The report of the Working Group Gender Policy, which was installed by the Board of the Faculty of Science.

Unconscious and Inclusive Hiring Guideline

In this guideline the important attention points facilitating an inclusive hiring process are explained step by step.

Grants, Awards and Funding

Grants, prizes, and funding opportunities specifically aimed at stimulating diversity and inclusion in science.

Information for Young Parents

This document provides information for pregnant women, with the main emphasis on work related aspects, such as teaching and research. It also includes resources for internationals.

Committee members

The GenDi Committee consists of students, academic, and support staff from all institutes of the Faculty of Science plus advisory members from Radboud University. 

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If you would like to discuss topics in the context of gender, diversity, and inclusion or are interested in becoming a member of the committee yourself, please feel free to contact gendi-committee [at] (gendi-committee[at]science[dot]ru[dot]nl).


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Contact information


Huygens building

Heyendaalseweg 135
6525AJ Nijmegen
Postal address
Postbus 9010
Contact person
Dr H. Huber (Heidi)