Recently there has been much attention in the media for the lack of women professors. Since 2016 the gender and diversity committee (GenDi) has been very active to make a change in our faculty. On February 21st GenDi organized an event on diversity at the science faculty. Many people came to see what has been done and thought with us about the future. Besides short lectures there was room for discussion. Thank you all for your input!
All day long there was a survey on the terminals at the entrance of the Huygens building. See below for the results of that survey.
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee & tea
10:30 - 10:40 Welcome
(FNWI dean, Prof. Lutgarde Buydens)
10:40 – 11:10 Vote on diversity statements
(FSR student Stijn van Uffelen & policy officer Claudia Lüttke)
11:10 - 12:00 What do we know about diversity in academia?
(diversity expert, Dr. Inge Bleijenbergh)
12:00 - 12:10 Gender and Diversity – past actions
(chair of GenDi, Prof. Annalisa Fasolino)
12:10 - 12:25 How to write gender sensitive job advertisements
(head of the recruitment working group, Dr. Anouk Rijs)
12:25 - 12:35 Outlook to the future
How many people agreed with the following statements?
250 students and staff members of the faculty filled in an online survey with statements on gender and diversity. Below you find the results. The statements were:
- It happened to me that I assumed the author of a paper to be a man while she was actually a woman.
- Women have to show masculine behavior to get higher up in academia.
- I see why academic institutions need to take special measures to get more women in higher positions.
- There are fewer women at the top because they don’t want to be there.
- Measures to increase the number of women go at the expense of men.
- Quota (e.g. 30 % women rule) are disadvantageous for women because then it seems they are only in top positions because they are women.
- Having a family, a healthy relationship and a scientific career is possible.
- The competitive culture of science sometimes makes me want to leave academia.
- No gender preference for supervisor
I prefer to work with a male supervisor
I prefer to work with a female supervisor
- I expect good interpersonal skills (like helping) from a woman but I consider it a bonus in a man.
- I think that diverse research teams (nationalities, age, gender, …) are beneficial for science.
The graph shows the percentage of people who agreed with the statement. We are aware that this was not a scientific survey. Some statements were intentionally a bit provocative to trigger discussions during the interactive session in the morning.