For best experience please turn on javascript and use a modern browser!
You are using a browser that is no longer supported by Microsoft. Please upgrade your browser. The site may not present itself correctly if you continue browsing.

Women in the Faculty of Science

Women in the Faculty (WiF) is a support network for female scientific staff in the Faculty of Science. WiF serves as a platform for our science community to discuss and address issues related to gender and diversity in the academic environment.

While female researchers within the Faculty of Science first and foremost consider themselves successful scientists, many of them realise that some issues related to their gender deserve special attention. They work relatively in isolation and usually experience a sense of recognition when they meet informally and discuss their scientific lives and careers. It is this general feeling of recognition that has led to a call for the formation of a supportive network. In 2007 this network, Women in the Faculty (WiF), formally launched.

A supportive network for women in the Faculty of Science

The network has four main objectives:

  • To serve as a platform for women in the Faculty of Science to regularly meet each other in an informal setting. Each year the network organises an annual meeting, during which prominent members of the scientific community will present topics related to gender and diversity.
  • To function as an oversight committee. Female scientists in the faculty can bring up issues that need attention, which could then be discussed with the dean.
  • To provide possibilities for mentoring and coaching. This includes advice on career progression, trainings and workshops.
  • To increase the proportion of female academic staff over the next decade.

What we do

The WiF board meets twice annually with the Head of HR at the Faculty of Science to discuss current numbers on gender and diversity and to make an inventory of actions to empower women at the faculty. The Chair of the board meets annually meets with the dean and the UvA Executive Board to provide them with a full update on the situation of women at senior Faculty of Science positions.

Stay up to date

Would you like to stay informed on our activities, also if you are not currently a staff member at the UvA? Sign-up for our mailinglist.


The WiF network is meant for all female scientists in the Faculty of Science, from PhD students to full professors. We strive to have at least one full professor, one associate professor and one assistant professor in the board. Board members are appointed for a period of two years that can be extended once more by an additional two-year period.

Dr. A. (Alina) Astefanei

Faculty of Science

Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences

Dr. A.M. (Ana) Oprescu

Faculty of Science

Informatics Institute

Dr. S.G.M. (Silvia) Toonen

Faculty of Science

Anton Pannekoek Institute of Astronomy

Dr. V. (Verena) Schoepf

Faculty of Science

Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

Dr. A. (Alessandra) Candian



Dr. M.A. (Tati) Fernández Ibáñez

Faculty of Science

Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences

Dr. K. (Katerina (Dohnalova)) Newell

Amsterdam University College

Amsterdam University College


Dr. J.T. (Janna) Schoenberger

Amsterdam University College

Amsterdam University College