wednesday Oct 28th, 2015
It is increasingly recognized that diversity is critical for knowledge and innovation, both in industry and academia. Photonics is one of the key emerging technologies that can become the technology of the 21st century. Women represent far less than 10% of the workforce in photonics in most countries in Northern Europe, including the Netherlands. This figure drops even lower when looking at leadership positions.
PhotonicsNL, in collaboration with the Optical Sciences group, University of Twente, the IEEE Photonics Society Benelux Chapter, the FOM and the Female Faculty Network Twente (FFNT) and the MESA+ institute, University of Twente organize, for the first time, this "Women in Photonics in NL" workshop. The main objectives of the workshop are to provide role models to young female physicists and engineers that are starting to work in the field, increase awareness on the gender gap and to provide the opportunity for female scientists to increase their professional network.
The workshop counts with several scientific presentations delivered by successful women at different stages of their academic and industrial careers. A panel discussion will follow, in which the panelists will share their career experiences and in which important topics such as how to attract and retain female talent in photonics, mind bugs and life-work balance will be discussed. A networking lunch and end-of-the-day borrel will give ample opportunity to meet new colleagues and increase the professional network.
wednesday oct. 28th, 2015
|10:30||Registration with coffee.|
|Sonia Garcia Blanco, workshop chair|
|Janneke Hoedemaekers, commercial director MESA+|
|12:30||Networking lunch||13:30||Session two|
Moderator: Esther Mollema, MBA
|How is ‘success’ formulated and perceived in our field?|
|What determines whether your work is high-quality?|
|What determines whether you are perceived as successful in our field?|
|What determines whether you get promoted or not?|
|What causes the underrepresentation of women in leadership positions in our field?|
|Do women lack the ambition to be leaders?|
|What obstacles do women in particular encounter in our field that prevents them from reaching the top?|
|Do women and men deal with the work-life balance differently? How does it affect them?|
Located between the towns of Enschede and Hengelo, the University of Twente is situated on a beautiful former estate "Driene". "Twente" is a middle sized university with a strong emphasis on technology.
Enschede can be reached within 2 hours by train from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. It lies at the border with Germany, in the region of Twente, which is famous for its landscape, friendly people, and of course the Grolsch beer. The town has a many shops, theaters, museums, galleries, restaurants, pubs and sunny terraced cafes all within walking distance from the train station.
University of Twente
7522 NB Enschede
"Ravelijn", lecture hall 1501
building 10 on the campus map
cars can be parked at P2
From the A1 motorway, take the A35 motorway in the direction of Enschede
Take exit 26: Enschede - West / Universiteit
Follow the signs ‘Universiteit’
by public transport:
plan your route at journeyplanner.9292.nl
Registration is free of charge, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with: