Lecture Marieke van Den Brink, March 17th

A summary in Dutch of the lecture of Marieke van den Brink can be found here.

The Female Faculty Network Twente is inviting you to a lecture on:

“The gender blindness of scouts”

Recruitment and selection in academia

by Marieke van den Brink

on Tuesday 17 March from 16.00 till 16.45 hrs.

in building Logica

After the lecture there will be a Netwerkborrel from 16.45 till 17.30 hrs.  

So if you are not able to attend the lecture, you are very welcome to come to the borrel.

Despite a rather high and still increasing number of women among students and PhDs, women continue to be in a minority position among university teachers and researchers, and are under-represented at the top of the university. Especially in the field of science, technology and engineering. The number of female professors in the Netherlands (11 %) is one of the lowest in the European Union. This lecture addresses this issue by giving insight in the predominant way of recruiting and selecting academic personnel. In the Netherlands, the majority (64%) of newly appointed professors were recruited in closed procedures by scouts through their formal and informal networks. This efficient way of identifying academic talent however, has some serious gender consequences; it carries the chance that female talent is overlooked. This lecture gives insights in the academic culture of recruitment and selection, on scouting and scouts and the consequences of this system for women scientists.

Marieke van den Brink obtained a BA in Communication Studies and a MA in Organizational Anthropology at the Free University in Amsterdam (cum laude). In April 2009 she will defend her dissertation “Behind the Scenes of Science. Gender practices in recruitment and selection of professors in the Netherlands” at the Radboud University Nijmegen. Currently, she is working as a postdoc researcher at the Nijmegen School of Management.

Please reply if you want to join this lecture by sending an e-mail to: FFNT@utwente.nl

Further information about the FFNT you can find on: http://www.utwente.nl/ffnt

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

Angelika Mader, chair

Coming activities:

6 March, Lecture Heleen Mees, International Women’s day “No more part time feminism”, 15.00-16.00 hrs. + Netwerkborrel, Amphitheater

21 April, Workshop Linda van der Wal, “Difficult people”, 13.00-17.00 hrs. Drienerburght.

14 May, Workshop Ariëlle Brouwer, “Body language” – upgrading your nonverbal presentation, 9.30-13.00 hrs. Drienerburght


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 specially for women and also organises activities aimed at women jointly with PA&O (whose activities are otherwise gender neutral).