The Female Faculty Network Twente (FFNT) held its online New Year meeting today. The annual event brought a discussion about the percentage of female scientists at the UT, as well as the role of FFNT. ‘We considered if FFNT should change name and focus on diversity in a broader context, but we concluded that we still need to focus on academic career of women.’
Findings published in the Women Professors Monitor 2020 showed that the UT has only 17% of female associate professors – a percentage even lower than the number of full female professors, which is now at 21%. Are there specific hurdles than women encounter when climbing up the academic ladder? Based on multitude of interviews with female scientists at the UT, one answer comes to mind: (lack of) support.
The Female Faculty Network Twente (FFNT) is celebrating its 15th anniversary this month. As an organisation set up to promote gender diversity at the UT, it has witnessed many successes but the board still sees a lot of room for improvement. ‘Our main goal is that we are not needed anymore.’
UT researchers Vanessa Magnanimo and Marco Gerards both receive a so-called Idea Generator grant from Dutch research financer NWO. With the grant, worth €50.000, they can further develop their out-of-the-box research ideas.
‘We need an independent entity that has the power to help you,’ says Vanessa Magnanimo, the chairwoman of the FFNT (Female Faculty Network Twente) in her reaction to the alarming report on ‘harassment in Dutch academia’, which was published by the Dutch Network of Women Professors (LNVH) earlier this week.
Vier jonge UT-wetenschappers hebben de krachten gebundeld in het nieuwe Centre for Soft Metamaterials. Ze krijgen ondersteuning van MESA+ om vanuit verschillende wetenschappelijke disciplines samen te werken.
Voor het derde jaar op rij wint een UT-wetenschapper een NWO Open Mind-beurs ter waarde van 50 duizend euro. Gisteren ontving Vanessa Magnanimo de subsidie tijdens Teknowlogy, het innovatiecongres van onderzoeksfinancier NWO in Amersfoort.
‘We plan to include the UT's management team in our activities more, so we can help each other and reach our common goal: to support female academics and make the university an attractive place in terms of gender equality,’ says Vanessa Magnanimo, the new chair of FFNT (Female Faculty Network Twente).