GENDER PARITY HOT TOPIC AT THE ROYAL NIOZ
Too few women are in the top of Dutch Science. It is the reason The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is investing in building awareneness on the topic of gender parity. ‘Creating diversity’ and ‘inclusive leadership’ is key in 2015.
In the top of Dutch science barely 15 percent of professors is female. For associate and assistant professors the average proportion of women is also too low. It is a prime reason for the NWO to strongly encourage the influx of women in 2015 in the top of Dutch Science. To do so the organisation has set a series of targets that support female career mobility within the science arena.
For Royal NIOZ the NWO-target for top staff is 28% in 2015 in relation to 16% in 2011. For middle management the target is set at 40%. Luckily gender diversity is top of mind at the NIOZ HR department for quite some time.
Recently the HR team has been participating in a series of workshops introducing new tooling for recruiting senior female candidates and the introduction of inclusive leadership.
‘Creating a diverse structure of scientific staff is especially valuable to the Royal NIOZ’, HR advisor Sigrid Moerbeek emphasizes. All members in our board and scientific management are men. We would like to stimulate inclusive leadership in our organisation and jump the gender gap.’
is Royal NIOZ able to feminize staff recruitment in 2015? ‘Last year the institute had no job openings on board or management level’, Sigrid Moerbeek explains. ‘If we are able to meet the new NWO targets is not clear yet. We however do believe our new recruitment website, with Anouk Goedknegt as a ‘first lady of science’, is engaging female scientists the way it should.
It is a message: talented women can exert science here on the same level as man.’