When it was time to decide on the committee, I told my promoters, Andy Pimentel and Cees de Laat, about my wish to have more female members. This quickly turned into an all-female committee. I do hope that, in the future, an all-female committee will become as routine as an all-male committee.
As a mom to a young girl, the fact is not lost on me that we need more female role models and mentors for the next generation. This not only brings gender equity in scientific research, but also lays the foundation for a strong community where women know that they can aim high. What better way to do this than bring highly esteemed and successful women together and let them take the stage!
Empower female students
As I continue my journey as a postdoc in academic research at UvA, I hope to find more ways to support and empower female students in their research. Here’s hoping that we see more girls aspiring to follow scientific life when they grow up.