Diversity in Science

Michèle Lamont, cultural sociologist and 2017 Erasmus Prize laureate, will talk to researchers working in a variety of domains about diversity in science. The conference will address such themes as disciplinary diversity, researcher diversity and diversity in quality indicators. Throughout the event, the discussion will focus on one key question: who decides what is successful and valuable in scientific research?

Barnita Bagchi

Barnita Bagchi is an Associate Professor in Comparative Literature at the Department of Languages, Literature and Communication at Utrecht University. She also works at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry. Bagchi’s expertises are women’s writing in South Asia and Western Europe in comparative perspective, non-Eurocentric utopian studies and connected transnational histories of global education. In her work, Bagchi bridges the humanities and social sciences. She also reviews books and appears regularly in Dutch and Indian print and audio media. www.utrechtutopianetwork.nl

Naomi Ellemers

Naomi Ellemers is a Distinguished University Professor at Utrecht University. She examines the behaviour of people in organisations and aims to understand how group affiliations impact on individual behaviours. Ellemers has expertise in the fields of Diversity and Inclusion and Integrity and Ethics at the workplace. naomi-ellemers.nl

Henkjan Honing

Henkjan Honing is Professor of Music Cognition at the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam. His work covers areas such as the formalisation of musical knowledge and the biological basis of music. Honing works to bridge the humanities, social sciences and technology with an interdisciplinary approach, for which he recently received the Distinguished Lorentz Award.

Anthony Abraham Jack

Anthony Abraham Jack is a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, an Assistant Professor and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the Shutzer Assistant Professorship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. His research examines how youth acquire cultural and social capital and examines undergraduates’ sense of belonging. Jack specifically seeks to explain how institutional policies affect such processes. His research uncovers the overlooked diversity among lower-income undergraduates – the Doubly Disadvantaged and Privileged Poor – and shows, in novel ways, how social class shapes their college experiences. On top of that, Jack’s work provides insights in the ways colleges can contribute to and aggravate inequalities in society. scholar.harvard.edu/anthonyjack/home

Annemarie Mol

Annemarie Mol is Professor of the Anthropology of the Body working in the Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research of the University of Amsterdam. She has a feminist investment in the study of human bodies; care and tinkering; feeding and eating; and in the ways in which ontologies and normativities are enacted in mundane practices. In her research, she attends to the ways in which technology and science are implicated in everyday life. Mol’s work is highly influential and has contributed to various social science paradigm shifts. www.uva.nl/profiel/m/o/a.mol/a.mol.html

Floor Rink

Floor Rink is Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Groningen and is the Faculty Research Director in Organizational Behaviour. She has expertise on diversity and mobility, on the benefits (and downsides) of hierarchical differentiation in groups, and on the supervision of top management decisions. Her aim is to contribute knowledge on the ways in which identity related processes affect the functioning of individuals and groups in organizations. Rink's research is funded by the Dutch Science Foundation (Vidi scheme 2016) and by several relevant stakeholders in the field (e.g. FAR).

Ingrid Robeyns

Ingrid Robeyns holds the Chair in Ethics of Institutions at the Ethics Institute of Utrecht University. Her research focuses on social justice, desirable institutional change and the capability approach. Much of her research has an interdisciplinary character. She has served in various academic associations, including as the first director of the Dutch Research School of Philosophy, and currently as the president-elect of the Human Development and Capability Association. www.ingridrobeyns.info/

Sarah de Rijcke

Sarah de Rijcke is Associate Professor in Science and Evaluation Studies and works as Deputy Director at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS). The focus of her research group is on the way research evaluation and the creation of scientific knowledge interact. Her work contributes to a theoretical and empirical understanding of various aspects regarding the governance of scientific research. De Rijcke is a member of the Young Academy of Europe. www.sarahderijcke.nl

Marten Scheffer

Marten Scheffer is Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Wageningen University and Research Centre. His interests lie within the stability and change of complex systems. The focus of his work has been on ecosystems, but Scheffer is also interested in social systems and other natural systems. Scheffer’s work is highly interdisciplinary and extends its importance to a multitude of scientific fields. Scheffer also set up the Synergy Program for Analyzing Resilience and Critical transitionS (SPARCS) that has a research focus on resilience of complex systems while aiming to increase co-operation between scientists. www.sparcs-center.org/about-us.html

Appy Sluijs

Appy Sluijs is Professor of Paleoceanography and the co-chair of the research group Marine Palynology and Paleoceanography in the Earth Sciences Department of Utrecht University. Sluijs is primarily interested in climate and ecological change in geological history, where biology, earth science, chemistry and physics converge. He was a (board) member of The Young Academy (KNAW) and co-founder of the Utrecht Young Academy.

Jojanneke van der Toorn

Jojanneke van der Toorn is Professor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Workplace Inclusion at Leiden University, and Assistant Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at Utrecht University. She studies diversity and inequality in society and organisations with a focus on the social psychological mechanisms involved in how, why, and when people resist, provide support for, or directly engage in social change. With her work, van der Toorn aims to contribute to evidence-based diversity policy. In recognition of her academic work, she received the Gratama Science Prize for excellent young researchers.

Iris van der Tuin

Iris van der Tuin is an associate professor in and the program coordinator and education director of Liberal Arts and Sciences and works in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Utrecht University. Specialised in gender studies and new materialisms, van der Tuin is trained as a feminist epistemologist and is involved in interdisciplinary studies as well. www.uu.nl/staff/IvanderTuin