Conference 2010

Workshop Virginia Valian

The Female Faculty Network Twente invites you to a special workshop on:

“Power, Effectiveness and Gender”

by Professor Virginia Valian

on Thursday 25 March from 13.30 till 15.30 hrs.

in building the Drienerburght

This workshop covers the following topics: developing a circle of advisors, improving one's institution and field, increasing one's effectiveness in influencing decisions, and negotiation. The topics are interlinked. A circle of advisors – individuals who can provide information and advice on each area of an academic's life – is crucial for understanding how academia works, how to bring out needed change, how to succeed, and how to negotiate.  An understanding of the role of gender in the different aspects of academic life will lead to better strategies for advancement of the self and advancement of women.

Virginia Valian is professor of psychology and linguistics at the Hunters College, US. She has carried out a huge number of gender equity projects, and lectured at numerous international universities, as e.g. at the MIT. She is the author of 'Why so Slow? The Advancement of Women', (MIT Press, 1998), in which she explores the reasons for professional disparities between men and women of equal academic and professional background. Important to mention is that Virginia Valian is well known in gender equity institutional policy. We are very happy to have her at the UT for a whole day! In the morning she gives a workshop to university leaders, in the afternoon there is the workshop for which you get the invitation here, and finally she will give a university broad talk at the end of the afternoon.

Please reply if you want to join this workshop by sending an e-mail to:

Kind regards on behalf of the Female Faculty Network Twente (FFNT),

Angelika Mader, Chair

Coming activities:

•Tuesday 20 April, 12.45-14.00 hrs. Lunch lecture Dimitri Stamatialis, “Getting your science funded: a guide for writing a research proposal”

•Wednesday 12 May, 9.00-13.00 hrs. Workshop Franke Jongsma, “Motivation”

•Thursday 20 May, 12.30-14.00 hrs. Lunch lecture “Cycling through the Dutch jungle”

•Tuesday 15 June, 12.30-14.00 hrs. Lunch meeting, Lecture Ariane Need and ‘speeddating’ grant winners


FFNT aims to support the professional development of women in academia and to provide a network for sharing and exchanging experience. It develops workshops and lectures especially for women and also organises activities aimed at women jointly with PA&O (whose activities are otherwise gender neutral).