Women in Photonics in NL workshop



10:30-17:30 hrs


"Ravelijn", lecture hall 1501, building 10 on Univ. of Twente Campus, Enschede


It is increasingly recognized that diversity is critical for knowledge and innovation, both in industry and academia. Photonics is one of the key emerging technologies that can become the technology of the 21st century. Women represent far less than 10% of the workforce in photonics in most countries in Northern Europe, including the Netherlands. This figure drops even lower when looking at leadership positions.

PhotonicsNL, in collaboration with the Optical Sciences group, University of Twente, the IEEE Photonics Society Benelux Chapter, the FOM and the Female Faculty Network Twente (FFNT) and the MESA+ institute, University of Twente organize, for the first time, this "Women in Photonics in NL" workshop. The main objectives of the workshop are to provide role models to young female physicists and engineers that are starting to work in the field, increase awareness on the gender gap and to provide the opportunity for female scientists to increase their professional network.

The workshop counts with several scientific presentations delivered by successful women at different stages of their academic and industrial careers. A panel discussion will follow, in which the panelists will share their career experiences and in which important topics such as how to attract and retain female talent in photonics, mind bugs and life-work balance will be discussed. A networking lunch and end-of-the-day borrel will give ample opportunity to meet new colleagues and increase the professional network.

Registration is free of charge, please email with:

  • your name
  • job position
  • company/institute
  • phone number


wednesday oct. 28th, 2015

10:30Registration with coffee.
10:55Opening words
 Sonia Garcia Blanco, workshop chair
 Janneke Hoedemaekers, commercial director MESA+
11:00Session one

11:00Prof. Jennifer Herek, University of Twente
11:30Dr. Silvania Pereira, TU Delft
11:50Dr. Patty Stabile, TU Eindhoven
12:10Dr. Nienke Bosschaart, University of Twente
12:30Networking lunch
13:30Session two

13:30Dr. Inge Peters, Teledyne Dalsa
13:50Floor van de Pavert, M.Sc., entrepeneur
14:10Dr. ir. Merel Leistikow, Philips Research
14:30Coffee break
15:00Panel discussion
Moderator: Esther Mollema, MBA
16:30-17:30Networking borrel