Marleen Temmerman member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

(04-10-2023) Marleen Temmerman has long been a world authority thanks to her unyielding fight for women's rights and health. Now there is additional recognition as a new member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. And that as the first Belgian woman.

The inauguration of the new members took place on 30 September at MIT in Boston. Emeritus professor Temmerman is only the 17th Belgian, and the very first Belgian woman and UGent'er, to receive membership of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAA&S). An exceptional recognition that she shares with renowned (mostly American) academics and prominent figures from the science and art world. Writer Salman Rushdie and actress Glenn Close are also among the new members.

Honored and humbled to become a member of the AAA&S, a great Academy of Excellence through Diversity. For me, this is an opportunity to engage with world leaders to leverage the health and rights of women, children, and adolescents, and vulnerable populations wherever in the world. Grateful to all colleagues, friends and my family who walked this journey with me. Without you I would not stand here today! (Emeritus professor Temmerman during the induction ceremony)

Take a look at the profile of emeritus professor Temmerman at the AAAS website

About the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The AAA&S, also The Academy, is one of the most prestigious organizations in the world that recognizes leading figures in science and the arts. By bringing its members together to discuss and publicize ideas, opportunities and difficulties, it tries to bring about improvements in the world.Logo AAAS

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences honors excellence and convenes leaders from every field of human endeavor to examine new ideas, address issues of importance to the nation and the world, and work together “to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people.” (AAA&S Mission Statement,

Recognition for unyielding efforts

Marleen Temmerman dedicated her career to the fight for women's rights and health. First at Ghent University, where she took on a prominent role in gynaecology at Ghent University Hospital, then as a driving force behind the International Center for Reproductive Health at Ghent University. She later became Director at the World Health Organization (WHO), and then in Kenya, where she continues to serve as Director of the Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health at the Aga Khan University, and AKU-UNESCO Chair.

Ghent University also has a Marleen Temmerman Fund to support research and training in the context of women's health and rights worldwide. Read more about it in an extensive article on Dare To Think.