Women in Science Day 2020

For whom
Students, Employees
11-02-2020 from 09:30 to 18:00
Campus Coupure, Coupure Links 653, Ghent
Be4Diversity team
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In 2017, a survey was conducted at our faculty to try and better understand the underrepresentation of women in senior positions. This showed that although women and men have similar career aspirations, female representation drops significantly at higher positions (from 51% PhD to ~25% professorship). These results sparked the foundation of Bioengineers for Diversity (Be4Diversity) and the organization of the first Women in Science Day 2019.

On 11/02/2020, the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Be4Diversity organizes Women in Science Day 2020, a full day symposium focusing on the steps that need to be taken to move towards a more inclusive STEM society with equal opportunities for women and girls.

Interactive workshops on leadership, mentoring, and cognitive bias will be  followed by a keynote talk by dr. Elizabeth Pollitzer on gender-sensitive research and innovation, and a panel discussion on climbing up the gender balance ladder in STEM. The day will be concluded with a networking reception with information booths of organisations promoting gender balance in STEM.

All students and personnel of our faculty are welcome to the event.


09:30 - 10:00 : Registration

10:00 - 12:00 : Workshops

  • Leadership, by Claire Mattelet & Michelle Vilar, PWI Brussels
  • Mentorship by True Colours
  • Cognititve Bias

12:00 - 13:00 : Lunch break

13:00 - 13:15 : Welcome and opening speech

13:15 - 14:15 : Keynote Speech by Elizabeth Pollitzer, Co-founder and Director Portia Ltd, promoter of the Gender Summit

14:15 - 14:45 : Coffee break

14:45 - 15:15 : Panel Discussion

  • Loubna Azghoud, Founder of Women in Tech. Brussels
  • Anne Goldberg, Founder of the contest 'GirLS'
  • Anaida Dibra, President of PWI Brussels
  • Katja Legisa, Digital Leadership Institute

15:15 - 15:45 : Discussion open to the public

15:45 - 16:00 : Conclusion by Be4Diversity team

16:00 - 18:00 : Networking event
                         Information booths from organizations and other initiatives related to gender balance and women representation in STEM