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Young Women of Geoscience (YWOG)


Young Women of Geoscience (YWOG) aims to create an equal and inclusive working environment for women in the faculty of Geosciences.
In late 2017 the group began by organizing informal meetings for female PhDs and Postdocs of the Physical Geography department. During these meetings we support our young female researchers to develop further by providing workshops, meetings with role models, discussions and networking sessions. In 2018 the group decided to expand and include all women of the Geosciences faculty.
The group focuses on the importance and strength of female characteristics and traits in the workplace and how they can benefit the faculty and how women can use best use these strengths in the workplace.
We work closely with the Diversity and Inclusion group of the university.

Who is this group for?

Female PhDs and Postdocs in the Geosciences Faculty of Utrecht University

Why is this group necessary?
– Despite changes in the past decades, the number of female PhD students studying science in the Netherlands is dropping (Monitor Vrouwelijke Hoogleraren, 2018)
– The number of female professors at Utrecht University is only 27.2% (Monitor Vrouwelijke Hoogleraren, 2018)
– In the Netherlands in 2018 only 20.9% of professors are female (this is one of the lowest percentages in Europe), (Monitor Vrouwelijke Hoogleraren, 2018)
– At current hiring rates, 50/50 ratio of male/female professors will not occur until 2048 (Monitor Vrouwelijke Hoogleraren, 2018)

What do we do?
We meet once a month for informal lunch meetings, workshops, meetings with role models, discussions or networking sessions. We also provide a safe space for discussion about topics that may arise while working in the faculty.
Check out our Agenda for upcoming meetings!

Who are we?
These are our current committee members:

President, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force Liaison Officer
Kim Hagemans
PhD candidate in Physical Geography



Jana Cox
PhD candidate in Physical Geography



Secretary and Treasurer
Lonneke Roelofs
Junior Lecturer in Physical Geography



Public Relations Officer
Frances Dunn
Postdoctoral Researcher in Physical Geography and Earth Sciences



PhD Council Liaison Officer
Allix Baxter
PhD candidate in Earth Sciences



Head of Communications
Ronja Ebner
PhD candidate in Earth Sciences