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Women in the Faculty of Science

Women in the Faculty of Science (WiF) started in 2007 as a support network for female scientific staff in the Faculty. WiF serves as a platform for our science community to discuss and address issues related to gender and diversity in the academic environment.


The network has four main objectives:

  • To serve as a platform for women in the Faculty of Science to regularly meet each other in an informal setting. Each year the network organises an Annual Meeting, during which prominent members of the scientific community will present topics related to gender and diversity. 
  • To function as an oversight committee. Female scientists in the Faculty can bring up issues that need attention, which could then be discussed with the dean.
  • To provide possibilities for mentoring and coaching. This includes advice on career progression, trainings and workshops.
  • To increase the proportion of female academic staff over the next decade. A realistic aim is to strive for the EU25 average, in ten years time.

Staff login

For more information about our activities and upcoming events, visit the staff website.


Would you like to stay informed on our activities, also if you are not currently a staff member at the UvA? Sign-up for our mailinglist.


Our general contact address is:

Dr. ir. A.L. (Ana) Varbanescu

Interim Chair

Dr Y.A. (Yael) Artzy-Randrup

Faculty of Science

Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

Dr. A. (Alina) Astefanei

Faculty of Science

Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences

Dr. K. (Katerina (Dohnalova)) Newell

Amsterdam University College

Dr. A.M. (Ana) Oprescu

Faculty of Science

Informatics Institute

Dr. J.T. (Janna) Schoenberger

Amsterdam University College


Dr. M.A. (Tati) Fernández Ibáñez

Faculty of Science

Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences

Dr. A. (Alejandra) Castro Anich

Faculty of Science