Activities 2016

Activities 2016

Dear colleague,


We would like to draw your attention to the Lunch discussion of the Female Faculty Network Twente.

FFNT is a network for female academics at the University of Twente. We aim to embrace diversity and promote female academic leadership at our university.

Event: Lunch discussion with the inspirational UT’er of April: Jennifer Herek

When: 11th April 2016, from 12.30-13.30 hrs

Where: Conference hotel Drienerburght

For whom: FFNT members and any academic staff members interested in how successful work-life balance can be achieved at the University of Twente

Jennifer HerekJennifer Herek

Jennifer L. Herek studied liberal arts & science at Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisconsin, USA), followed by graduate studies in physical chemistry at Caltech (Pasadena, California, USA). She obtained her PhD in 1996 in the emerging field of femtosecond spectroscopy, and then took her expertise to the University of Lund (Sweden) where she held postdoctoral and assistant professor appointments. In 2002 she was awarded FOM Springplank and NWO VIDI grants, which allowed her to set up her own research group at the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (Amsterdam). In 2006 she was appointed professor and chair of the Optical Sciences group of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente, and in 2010 she received an NWO VICI grant. Her current research interests include spectroscopy and microscopy with tailored laser pulses for controlling photophysical processes in molecules and nanostructures. Since 2012, Jennifer is also Dean of the University College Twente, an innovative bachelors program combining technology and liberal arts & science. Jennifer and her partner Maurice are parents to two boys, ages 8 and 11.

Inspirational UT’er of the month lunch discussion series

“We have a dream: a workplace in which both men and women are given the flexibility to excel in all facets of their life, in which work and private life can coexist, in which employees are happy and motivated leading to an innovative and creative environment in which scientific breakthroughs flourish…. And this dream could be the University of Twente in 2020!”. It is possible! We have already in our organization plenty of inspirational examples of UT’ers that are combining very successful careers with fulfilling private/family life. We would like to learn from their experiences and find out our strong and weak points to succeed in creating the most inspiring and inclusive environment to achieve our dream. So join us at this inspirational UT’er of the month lunch discussion on the 11th of April and share your experiences with your colleagues!

If you want to attend the workshop please register at:

If you cannot attend the event after registration, please cancel in writing to contain the costs of the event. Thank you for your understanding.

Looking forward to seeing you in this inspiring lunch discussion!

Upcoming lunch discussions

For more details on the upcoming lunch discussions, please visit our webpage:  

With kind regards,

FFNT Board