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Women in Information and Computing Sciences (WICS)


How to retain female talent in academia?

On 12th of November, 60 female scientists from all across the Faculty of Science came together for a special High Tea. For two hours they discussed what the faculty can and should do to retain female talent in academia. Basis for the discussion were the results of a survey among the female staff of the…

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Dong Nguyen wins KNAW Early Career Award

Dong Nguyen, assistant professor in natural language processing and one of our women in information and computing sciences, has been honored with an Early Career Award from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Congratulations! Read more here.

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Diversity campaign “I am a scientist” opened

Last year Anja Volk received the Westerdijk Award of the Faculty of Science, in recognition of her longstanding efforts for a more diverse working environment. She chose to spend the prize money on a campaign to counteract stereotypical expectations about scientists. With some additional funds supplied by the Diversity Committee, “I am a scientist” was…

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First Joint WICS & WIT Lunch

On Monday, 20 May 2019, the first joint WICS and WIT (Women in IT, the women’s chapter of student association Sticky) took place. The room was filled with about 20 female students and staff from the Department of Information and Computing Sciences, and one male Sticky representative. In randomly formed small groups we had lively…

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Article about WICS in “Pandora”

“WICS network challenges gender stereotypes”, an article about WICS and its activities (written by Ria van Vlimmeren) has been published in the last issue of Pandora (page 19), the magazine of Utrecht University’s womens’ network.

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Maartje de Graaf one of the ‘Inspiring Fifty NL’

Maartje de Graaf, a behavioral scientist at our department who studies how people interact with robot technology, has been chosen as one of the fifty role models of Inspiring Fifty Netherlands. Congratulations from WICS!

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WICS at UU Open Days

WICS joined the Bachelor Open Days on March 16, 2019, to let the visitors see (more) female role models from the department. Amber and Anna-Lena were present to answer questions of potential students and their companions, but more importantly the WICS stand had information material for them to take home: One-page leaflets prepared by female…

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WICS Sets Up “Diversity Library”

WICS has started to set up a “Diversity Library” with books on a variety of diversity-related topics that we consider interesting reads for staff and students at the Faculty of Science. Everybody is welcome to borrow these books, just please return them after reading. Currently the collection comprises the following books: Reset – My Fight…

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Anja Volk wins Westerdijk Award

On Tuesday, 4 September the Dean officially opened the new academic year at the Faculty of Science. During the ceremony the diversity committee also revealed this year’s Westerdijk Award winner: Assistant Professor in Information and Computing Science Anja Volk. Passionate “Anja Volk was nominated by four different people”, says the diversity committee. “She is deeply…

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