The World needs Science, Science needs Women

For Women in Science Fellowships Awarded

14 November 2018

 

The Dutch L’Oréal – UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship were awarded today during an official award ceremony at the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen. The two fellowships at NIAS, each worth 25.000 euro, were awarded to life scientists Aimee van Wynsberghe (NIVEL) and Liesbeth van Vliet (TU Delft).

 

Liesbeth van Vliet (1985) aims to improve outcome for seriously ill patients and help their loved ones through a better understanding of how communication can hurt as well as heal. She studies how communication and the provision of information for those with serious illnesses (e.g. advanced cancer) can actually hurt, and how such negative effects (i.e. nocebo-effects) could be minimized. Nocebo-effects refer to the  negative effects of the context in which care is provided (e.g. the clinician’s explanation) rather than the medical-technical intervention (e.g. treatment’s active ingredients). By integrating research on communication with nocebo-effects, Van Vliet hopes to understand more about how to improve patient outcomes.

Aimee van Wynsberghe (1981) aims to explore the ethical significance of touch between humans and robots. Robots that can touch will change how we sense the world, in the same way that visual technologies have changed how we see the world. The robots of 2018 interact and even cooperate with humans in factory, professional, and personal settings which results in instances where humans and robots will touch. Research in the field of tactile human-robot interaction explores the safety and security issues associated with situations in which humans and robots come into physical contact. Up to now there has been a lack, both in terms of quantity and quality, of discussions that explore the human sensory experience of interacting with robots. Van Wynsberghe aims to fill this gap in the robot-ethics literature and will  lay the foundations for an ethics of human-robot touch and provide recommendations for the designers and roboticists who build robots that touch and are touched.

The prestigious international ‘For Women in Science’ programme is a collaboration between UNESCO and L’Oréal with the tagline: ‘The world needs science, science needs women’. The programme awards fellowships and prizes to exceptional female scientists in the field of life sciences. Since 1998, more than 3100 women from 117 countries have received a fellowship or award. The Dutch ‘For Women in Science’ fellowship was introduced in March 2012 by the Netherlands Commission for UNESCO and L’Oréal Netherlands in partnership with the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) and the Dutch Network of Women Professors LNVH.

 


 Call for Applications – Dutch L’Oréal UNESCO For Women in Science fellowships 2019

 

The Call for Applications of the Dutch L’Oréal UNESCO For Women in Science fellowships 2019 is now open. The fellowship allows excellent female scientists to boost their scientific career. Two fellowships of 25.000 euros are available to women active in the field of life sciences, who have between 3 and 10 years post-PhD academic experience (comparable to Veni/Vidi level).

Excellent female scientists programme

The prestigious international ‘For Women in Science’ programme is a collaboration between UNESCO and L’Oréal with the tagline: ‘The world needs science, science needs women’. The programme awards fellowships and prizes to exceptional female scientists in the field of life sciences. Since 1998, more than 2250 women from 110 countries have received a fellowship or award. Two of them, Elizabeth Blackburn and Ada Yonath, have been awarded the Nobel Prize.

In the Netherlands, the Netherlands Commission for UNESCO and L’Oréal Netherlands have managed the fellowship programme in cooperation with the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS-KNAW) and the Dutch Network of Women Professors (LNVH) since 2012. Laureates are awarded a residential fellowship of 3 or 5 months at NIAS-KNAW in Amsterdam, and are provided a place to think, study and write, while being released from regular responsibilities such as teaching, administrative or clinical tasks. NIAS offers an inspiring workplace in an interdisciplinary and international environment. If needed, accommodation can be provided.

 

The world needs science, science needs women

According to the Dutch Network of Women Professors (LNVH), currently only 19.3% of Dutch professors are women. This puts the Netherlands at the bottom of the ranking compared to other European countries. The For Women in Science programme aims to boost scientific careers of women and as such, aims to contribute to an increase of women professors.

How to apply

Closing date is May 11, 2018.

 

 


 

Impressions For Women in Science

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening of the AEX Amsterdam stock exchange by 2018 laureates Liesbeth van Vliet and Aimee Van Wynsberghe, November 2018

 

2017 Laureates Hanneke Wigman and Sonja Swanson with the four partners of the Dutch L’Oréal Unesco For Women in Science Fellowship programme at the ceremony, March 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Opening of the AEX Amsterdam stock exchange by 2017 laureates Sonja Swanson and Hanneke Wigman, March 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2016 laureates Carlijn Kamphuis and Maeike Zijlmans with Eva Jinek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 laureates Femke Nijboer and Doris van Halem with KNAW president José van Dijck

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