International Women’s Day activities
08 March 2024 09:00 till 14:00 - Location: Aula, Auditorium | Add to my calendar
The TU Delft celebrates International Women's Day with the theme "One World, Thousand Women". The theme shows how beautiful it is that each woman is unique and different, but also how important it is to recognise the role of women as agents of change, driving progress towards prosperous and equitable economies and a healthy planet for future generations. In a world facing multiple crises that put immense pressure on communities, achieving gender equality is more important than ever.
DEWIS (Delft Women in Science) will celebrate the occasion from 12 February to 8 March with interesting activities such as discussions, presentations, an exhibition and a special lunch.
On 8 March (9:00-13:30), an inspiring celebration will take place in the auditorium of the Aula, with trainer Esther Mollema, an engaging and insightful panel and captivating music and dance.
During the day we will explore the need for women in scientific leadership. To find sustainable solutions to our global challenges, we need women to contribute. Why are women urgently needed to solve the climate crisis, accelerate the transition to clean energy and tackle our health challenges? How can we unleash the vast untapped talent - starting with filling classrooms, laboratories and boardrooms with women scientists?
Your presence will add to the richness of this empowering event.
Everybody from the TUD community is welcome – diversity is the root of success!
Professor of Climate Design & Sustainability "In 10 years, only two men have been elected Corporate Social Responsible Manager of the Year. This says something about the value of women in sustainability: their leadership is crucial to building a better world and solving the climate crisis."
PhD Candidate Maritime Technology "I wrongly doubted that I would fit in as a non-engineer. But I discovered a welcoming, inclusive community and realised that we can all contribute to an inclusive environment."
Professor Floating Wind Energy and Faculty Diversity Officer of the faculty Aerospace Engineering "I want to inspire many girls and women to contribute to our energy transition. That’s why I launched a crowdfunding campaign to bring books about wind energy and its diverse people to every possible school."
Postdoctoral Researcher Architecture and the Built Environment, Situated Architecture "As a new staff member, I am inspired by the other women in my section. They show daily support and care in a simple yet effective way, asking about each other's well-being and fostering a truly positive work environment."
Management Assistant and Coordinator of ZieSo, the TU Delft secretarial network "By supporting each other, women build a sense of solidarity that unites them in their quest for equality and justice. United, women empower each other, break down barriers and stereotypes, and inspire generations to rise and thrive."
Associate professor Environmental Technology & Design-Coastal Defence Systems "Diversity is the fundament for shared values and perspectives in building a healthy and purposeful future. Creating diversity in the scientific community is not only an organizational challenge, but also an opportunity for scientific innovation."
Senior advisor at Witteveen+Bos, TU Delft alumna and chair Delft University Fund. "Do you want a more sustainable, more beautiful and more cheerful world? Then fix the system: overcome your implicit biases and give girls and women true equal chances!"
Marien van der Meer
Vice President Operations, Executive Board "Empowering more women and girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) not only strengthens climate strategies, but also cultivates leaders who drive climate action. With their contributions, we are reshaping societies and paving the way for a sustainable future."
Director The Green Village at Technische Universiteit Delft "The Energy Transition can only be a just transition if the interests of women are 100% represented! This is only possible if women play a central role in the policy making and implementation."
Senior Policy Officer and Chair Employee Resource Group DiversAbility "Medical Science should pay more attention to the differences between men and women and the symptoms they experience!"
Professor and head of department Electrical Sustainable Energy "The energy transition is a marathon, and we cannot run it on only one leg."
Assistant Professor Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) "This is a moment for all of us to come together and celebrate all female TU Delft members! Moment to celebrate our accomplishments, resilience and a moment to inspire the world and lead by example!"
Tim van der Hagen
"Our ambitions should never be too modest, especially when it comes to our aspirations for gender equality and tackling climate change. When I say 'our', I mean you and me, our university, our country and our world."
Learning Developer "Woman to woman we should seek to encourage, empower, and establish one another. "
Professor Smart Energy Systems, DEWIS voorzitter "Cultural and behavioural changes are needed to achieve both gender equality and climate goals. In fact, both objectives are a matter of justice."
Dean of Aerospace Engineering "Using diverse teams to tackle grand challenges, in my opinion, is the only way to go. Therefore, TU Delft must attract and foster all those talented women, both students and staff, who help us making the difference."
Assistant professor Mechanical Engineering "Adaptation is the superpower of humans, and as scientists, we can lead the way towards sustainable future bringing everyone along on this journey. The health of our planet is multidisciplinary and multicultural problem, and we can only solve it by embracing our differences as our strength."
Welcome by Prof.dr.ir. Zofia Lukszo, DEWIS Chair
Presentation by Drs. Marien van der Meer, Vice President of Operations of the TU Delft
200 years of women composers, songs by Joana Rolo
Dance performance by Jaqueline van Kuilenburg, dancer at Misiconia
Project sustainability TU Delft by Puck Wijnia
Panel discussion: Women in science leadership: a new era for sustainability
200 years of women composers, songs by Joana Rolo
Networking activity in the Foyer by Eva Wiltingh B.V. and a
International Women's Day activities
|Date and time
12 February16.00 – 18.00
|Exhibition, performance, discussion, and reception
|SHE robot Cafes
Presentations by Lian Loke (U Syd), Dagmar Reinhardt (U Syd), & Deborah Tillman (UNSW) (Sr:EoC curators)
26 February12.00 – 13.30
|Does parenthood impact career progression in STEMM?
Myths, challenges and solutions.
Presentation and discussion with Dr. Isabel Torres from Mothers in Science
|On campus, to be decided
4 March12.30 – 13.30
|Commissiekamer 3, Aula
9.00 – 13.30
SHE robot Cafes
Presentations by Henriette Bier and Mariana Popescu