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


Girls with toys: a funny response to gender stereotypes in science

On a recent NPR (USA) interview, an astropysicist used the expression "Boys with toys", when referring to scientists, which was underlined by the presenter; whether this was simple misstep which was then unnecessarily underlined (and maybe therefore reinforced) is left to discussion, but it has raised a reaction on twitter with a specific hastag, girls with toys, demonstrating in an informal and visual way that women too are hands-on technicians and scientists.

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Membership due for 2015

BeWiSe is dedicated to achieving equal and full participation of women in all scientific disciplines and at all levels, because we believe that diversity will further promote scientific excellence and progress. We welcome all women and men working or having worked at all levels in science in the public and private sectors who promote equal participation of women in science.

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