From the General Assembly 2019: a new project targeting secondary schools !

On June 28, 2019 at our General Assembly we decided to join forces with Solvay and other partners to host an ambitious project targeting secondary school pupils. Girls Leading in Science should to increase our impact to achieve gender balance in scientific careers by addressing the issue at a young age. This project complements our movie and interactive tool - as well as the mentoring programme for early career adult scientists.

"Girls Leading in Science (GirLS)" competition encourages young people to undertake higher education in a scientific or technological field.  Science and technology is everyone's business, boys and girls alike… but this time, it’s the girls who lead the way!

Flemish and French-speaking high school students deal with a scientific or technical subject of their choice, get a video of their team, visit laboratories, take part in discussions on women's scientific careers in R&D. The winner is offered the fee of her first year at university !

The project was started in 2018 by Solvay company. Belgian Women in Science asbl-vzw will host it from now on. Pupils and teachers stay tuned ! Pre-selection of the new edition is open until Nov. 6, 2019 !

Thanks to all members, supporters and volunteers for your contributions and support.

Tania, for the Board


Job opportunities with a focus on gender balance

  • The Leiden Institute of Physics (LION) is searching for two new faculty members in the area of experimental soft matter and biological physics. We are particularly interested in candidates with a focus on active matter (e.g. synthetic active fluids, self-propelled particles, collective cell behavior, tissues etc.) and/or with a unique approach that connect with our research lines in self-organization, mechanics and geometry.
    Appointments at associate or full professor level may be consider for outstanding candidates.
    Gender balance is an explicit aim of our institute, and we strongly encourage women to apply
    More information

  • The Department of Computer Science at KU Leuven has an opening for a tenured / tenure track position in the area of hybrid artificial intelligence (integrating learning and reasoning). The new member of staff will be embedded within the lab for Declarative Languages and Artificial Intelligence (DTAI) of the Department. We are looking for internationally oriented candidates with both educational competence and excellent research experience in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science, and with extensive expertise in the field of learning and reasoning.  More information available at Apply before Sept 15, 2019


BeWiSe talks at ESOF 2018 about why so few girls chose fundamental science and engineering

Belgian Women in Science presented their initiatives taken in favor of gender equal representation in science studies at the EuroScience Open Forum in July 2018 in Toulouse. A great opportunity for our Vice-President Justine Jacquemin (picture left) to exchange with other speakers about practices to improve the situation.


June 27 at the European Parliament: Gender Perceptions of Work-Life Balance: Who Benefits More?

BeWiSe will take part in Fedactio Women and Society Platform's panel discussion with:

  • Keynote Speaker: Ms Clare Moody - MEP Socialist & Democrats

  • Ms Mary Collins - Senior Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, European Women’s Lobby

  • Ms Marijke Verbruggen - Associate Professor and Head of the Research Centre for Work and Organisation Studies, KU Leuven

  • Ms Brechje Moerman - Diversity and Inclusion Officer, BNP Paribas Fortis

  • Ms Paola Panzeri – Policy and Advocacy Manager, COFACE – Families in Europe

  • Closing Remarks: Ms Manuela Geleng - Acting Director in DG Employment for Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

Another opportunity to aim for gender equality in society and to share our experience in the context of scientific careers.

June 21, Brussels: BeWise congratulates the Winner of the EU Prize for Women Innovators

BeWiSe was present at this yearly event organised by Politico Europe in Les Ateliers des Tanneurs. And we had the honour of representing the European Platform of Women Scientists.

We would like to congratulate the 1st Prize winner Ms Gabriella Colucci from Italy, founder and CEO of ArterraBioscience, a research-based biotech company, as well as the other laureates and finalists, who inspire us all and demonstrate the power of women innovators!

Tania Van Loon

"Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles" debate on men-women equality on March 7, 2018

In French

À l'occasion de la Journée internationale des droits des femmes, le Parlement de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles vous donne rendez-vous mercredi 7 mars, de 9h00 à 13h00 pour un colloque sur le thème : Égalité femmes-hommes : où en est-on ?

More info and subscription

Congrats to the Australian of the Year : another role model for young women scientists !

Pioneer physicist Prof. Michelle Simmons has been named Australian of the Year. Australia's most prestigious civic honour awarded each year to a person considered a national role model. 

Prof. Simmons, quantum physics professor, led a team that created the world's first transistor made from a single atom in 2012. 

BeWiSe is pleased to see the recognition of a women scientist who can be a great role model for young female scientists around the globe.

More info from the National Australia Day Council

Become our next Treasurer and support Belgian Women in Science

We are looking for a Treasurer to immediately join the Board of Belgian Women in Science non-profit association.

As member of the Board, the Treasurer is responsible to the members and the funders for the funds received and spent by our association. S/he is committed to achieving BeWiSe's mission by being the contact point for all finance-related aspects and the person in charge of our financial accountability.

Being our Treasurer is a real opportunity for personal development, and a perfect way to meet members and supporters and contribute to achieving our joint goals.

You like figures, you can free 2 to 3h per month of your time and you want to support gender balance in scientific careers in Belgium?

We warmly welcome your CV and motivation letter at by Nov. 20.

Interested but not sure what it means? Call us at 0473 470 618 to discuss informally.

Tania, Justine and Ann for the Board


Join 24 May focused lunch: how to apply for post-doc positions and obtain funding

Prof. Dr. Tatjana Parac-Vogt (KU Leuven) will present how to approach this key moment and make the most out of it in an interactive way.

This event is aimed at early career scientists who want to know more about this specific topic through a meeting and exchanges with an experienced researcher. All questions welcome!

Register to the event at and follow our activities via Linkedin

The event takes place in the 6th floor meeting room of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences - room Van Straelen - entomology floor. Go to the Institute's reception desk and ask for Carole Paleco.

BeWiSe takes part in the March for Science: join us on April 22 !

The March for Science is the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments. It is a celebration of science, a call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest.

The March takes place on Earth Day - April 22 - in dozens of countries worldwide.
Belgian Women in Science's Secretary will take part in Portugal. Thanks Anneke for this!

You too can join a march in your region

Registration to the mentoring programme extended to Feb. 28, 2017

BeWiSe new mentoring programme was presented on Feb. 3, 2017 at the Royal Observatory of Belgium. In order to allow new mentors and mentees to submit their application form and benefit from the scheme this year, the deadline for applications is postponed to Feb. 28, 2017.

More info on the programme here

Contact us for more info and apply as mentor or mentee at

Info session & lecture: launching a new series of mentoring 2017

Building up on successful experience, we are launching a new series of mentoring for early career scientists. The information session will take place at the Royal Observatory of Belgium, on Friday, February 3, 2017. From 10:00am to 3:00 pm.  

This event will allow you to learn about the aim, benefits and set-up of the programme, to reflect on the feedback of mentors and mentees, to share your expectations and... to meet a potential mentor. The lecture provides insights into a topic relevant to BeWiSe objectives.

We welcome mentees (in particular women, but not exclusively) and mentors (both genders) who would like to join this mentoring scheme experience, as well as anyone potentially interested in future participation.

Register NOW by e-mail at


  • 10h Welcome and introduction by Patricia Lampens, member of BeWiSe Steering Committee
  • Testimonies from past BeWiSe mentor and mentee
  • BeWiSe mentoring basics rules, content and process by Tania Van Loon, President of BeWiSe
  • 11h Lecture "Sense and nonsense about the gendered brain" by Rudi D'Hooge, PhD in Biology and PhD in Psychology
  • Lunch and networking, during which candidat mentors and mentees can present themselves
  • 14h Concluding remarks and next steps

Already ready to apply as mentee or mentor? 
Download here the application docs and bring them to the info session of Feb. 3.

Follow-up of the 2016 General Assembly

BeWiSe gathered on the 20th of September at 6pm at the Royal Observatory for its annual General Assembly. Discover the meeting agenda in attachment.

Some new Board members have been elected: welcome to Justine Jacquemin (Vice-President) and Anneke Van der Jeugd (Secretary) !

And thanks to the previous President Tatjana Parac-Vogd and Vice-President Carole Paleco, who will continue to support BeWiSe as members of the steering committee.

Tania Van Loon, President of BeWiSe board.

Belgian Women in Science association

General Assembly 2016 and mentoring programme

Dear member of Belgian Women in Science,
Dear supporter of gender equality in scientific careers,

We are delighted to invite you to the annual General Assembly taking place on 20th of September at 6pm at the Royal Observatory of Belgium (Brussels).
Discover the meeting agenda in attachment.

To confirm your attendance, just send us back an email at

Tania Van Loon, on behalf of BeWiSe board.

Belgian Women in Science association