On Wednesday 18 May, Wageningen UR presented a book of biographical portraits of 22 talented women in the organization. Their stories are intended as an inspiration for young members of staff.
In both Wageningen University and DLO, women are underrepresented at the top of the academic tree. In the strategic plan Wageningen UR has therefore set itself the goal of becoming more diverse. One of its targets is that one on four professors should be women by 2020.
The presented portrait book is intended especially for young members of staff such as PhD students and postdocs, says Kristina Raab, project manager at Corporate Human Resources. They are making certain choices about their future careers. Raab hopes they can learn something from researchers who successfully pursued research or went into management jobs.
The book is being distributed to directors, managers and professors. Raab hopes they will actively bring it to the attention of the target group. The decision to go for an ‘old-fashioned’ book will prove a strength, Raab expects. ‘You can spread information easily online, but you can click it away just as easily.’
The 22 women portrayed in the book represent a cross-section of the organization, says Raab. ‘It is certainly not an exhaustive list of all the talented women in Wageningen UR.’