First Dutch FWIS fellowship awarded

L’Oréal Netherlands held its first National For Women In Science Fellowship ceremony on the 11th of October 2012. The fellowship was rewarded by the jury to Judith Rietjens who’s research project concerns “to relieve suffering at the end of life, explaining cultural differences in the use of palliative sedation”. This fellowship will help the recipient pursue her research at the NIAS institute in the Netherlands.

Besides the partnership with the National UNESCO Committee, L’Oréal Netherlands included two other important national organizations who felt compelled to join this great cause; the Dutch Network of Female Professors (LNVH) and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS). The Dutch jury consists of 6 committed professors with different backgrounds.

The first Dutch FWIS ceremony was hosted by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and the LNVH. These two entities joined forces with L’Oréal to organize the Pump Your Career event, a day completely dedicated to boost the career of female scientists. This day included various workshops and lectures of which two workshops were given by L’Oréal and UNESCO to explain the FWIS program. One of the highlights of the day was the handover of the “Monitor Female Professors 2012” by the Beauvoir Foundation, a current state of affairs in the Netherlands regarding the percentage of women holding positions in various academic job categories. This monitor is an aid and reference for stakeholders because the Netherlands still need to speed up the percentage of female professors (14.8%) to keep up with the European average of 20%.

The event, which took place at the former Exchange building “Beurs van Berlage” in the centre of Amsterdam, was attended by more than 400 female scientists, representatives of universities and other stakeholders.

At the end of this informative and inspiring day the L’Oréal-UNESCO FWIS fellowship was presented to this year’s recipient Judith Rietjens by our General Manager Udo Springer, the chairman of the National Unesco Committee and the Rector of NIAS institute. The prize will help Judith develop a framework on end-of-life decision making and determine the differences between several countries. This in term will help refine the European Guidelines on palliative sedation.


Watch Judith’s video on YouTube:


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