Anna Harris nominated for AcademiaNet

Anna Harris has been nominated by the NWO to join AcademiaNet, an Expert Database for Outstanding Female Academics. The Database was launched in 2010 by Chancellor Angela Merkel with the aim to raise the visibility of female scientists and increase the number of women in leadership positions. In becoming part of the database Anna joins colleagues such as Karin Bijsterveld and Jenny Slatman.

Women continue to be seriously underrepresented in leadership positions in academia and the sciences. Only 21% of the professorships with the highest endowments are held by women throughout the EU; in some countries, for instance in Germany, the proportion is even smaller (18%). The numbers are similar for important committees and commissions that decide on research awards, professor appointments and research funding. Nowadays, there is a consensus in politics and academia that the small number of women in leadership positions represents an untapped potential. There is a lack of appropriate tools, though, for quickly finding women academics who are suitable and very good.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung and Spektrum der Wissenschaft hope to provide just such a tool with AcademiaNet. By providing numerous profiles of excellent women academics from every discipline, they are making them more visible and more easily accessible. This in turn will make it easier to fill leadership positions and scientific bodies with women academics. Other target groups include journalists and conference organisers searching for proven experts. To that end, the profiles of renowned European women academics are now being added. Outstanding women academics and scientists are nominated for the portal by our partners; it is not possible to apply directly. Anna Harris has been nominated by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

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