IWD 2021 at EUR

Free Online Screening: "Picture a Scientist" (from Friday 5 March 20:00)

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women - while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender equity.

EUR believes fundamentally in enabling our community to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and above all, celebrate women’s achievements. Each of these steps helps to create a gender-equal community, society and world that all of us can benefit from.

On Monday 8th March, EUR will host a range of events to mark this significant occasion. It is an excellent opportunity to broaden the discussion about the key issues that face women and to hear from thought leaders interested in driving change. 

This page will be frequently updated with additional events to this programme.

We hope you’ll #ChoosetoChallenge with us on March 8th. 

IWD 2021 Events

In the eye-opening documentary “Picture a Scientist,” the war stories of three prominent female scientists at different points in their careers will be presented in conjunction with mind-blowing discoveries from the science of gender bias. This while also showing how their inner strength and love for their fields made it possible for them to change their surroundings for the better. 

“Sweeping in scope yet intimately compelling.” Science. 
“Quietly devastating.” The Boston Globe.

You can watch the documentary "Picture a Scientist" for free between 5-8 March (20.00 hrs ) Register here and you will receive a link to a code to watch the documentary online.

This event is organised by by Studium Generale, the Erasmus Centre for Women and Organisations (ECWO) and the Diversity & Inclusion Office

Sign up to watch the film for free

From the onset of COVID, the locking down of society to protests on systemic racism, the past year's events have increasingly pushed society to take a better look at itself and recognized the sheer costs of our societal inequities.

As we see the light at the end of the tunnel through mass vaccination, marking this IWD provides us with an opportunity to look ahead to how we can continue to address our pre-existing societal challenges of gender inequity and our need for gender-equitable leadership.

In this mini-documentary series, 'The Future of Women', EUR asks some of our thought leaders from across our community about their views and the key issues they identify that women will face in the post COVID world. We explore topics ranging from socio-economic inequality to our future leaders studying within our institution in five videos.

Watch the series here

International Women's Day is March 8. The day on which women are central. That being central does not happen often enough. How do you ensure that you put yourself and your work well on the map?

During this digital meeting on Monday March 8 (11:00 - 12:00) we will learn from the best. Prof. Dr. Liesbeth van Rossum is in the Opzij top 10 most influential women in healthcare.

She will share her experiences in putting yourself on the map, and lead a wider discussion on these important themes. This event is also an important opportunity for participants to network.

This event is organised by VENA

Sign up via email here

How can we become more transparent? What are best practices, both for organizations and individuals? How can we create a culture of care? What makes academia different to other areas confronting these problems? And what tools are available, at institutional and personal levels that provide new perspectives in making science more diverse, equitable, and open to all.

In a round table discussion moderated by Dr. Ginie Servant-MiklosProf. Semiha Denktas and Prof. Hanneke Takkenberg will answer your questions, share their best practices and search for ways to break harmful patterns in the workplace. To take part in the round table discussion on Monday 8 March (13:00-14:00) please register here and you will receive the link to this discussion as well as an invitation to watch the documentary, "Picture a Scientist", for free from Friday 5 March (from 20.00).


  • Semiha Denktaş is professor in Behavioural Science at ESSB, Chief Diversity Officer and board member of Female Academics Moving toward Equity
  • Hanneke Takkenberg is Professor of Management Education focusing on Women in Business at RSM. She is co-executive director of the Erasmus Centre for Women and Organisations (ECWO)
  • Moderated by Dr. Ginie Servant-Miklos (EUC), expert on History and Philosophy of Education.

Please note that it is not necessary to have seen the documentary to join the round table discussion.

This event is organised by by Studium Generale, the Erasmus Centre for Women and Organisations (ECWO) and the Diversity & Inclusion Office

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EUR's keynote event celebrating International Women's Day will be held on Monday March 8 (15:00 - 16:00) live from Erasmus Studio, with EUR President, Prof. Ed Brinksma and Chief Diversity Officer, Prof. Semiha Denktaş as panelists.

This event will focus on critical issues of gender-equitable leadership, including EUR’s efforts to promote this cause via its signature ‘25/25’ policy measure. Dr. Vidhi Chaudhri will be on hand to chart the course of 25/25 in 2020 and beyond, and Dr. Mark van Ostaijen will discuss the role of men in wider debates surrounding systemic change and emancipation policies. IWD2021 is an excellent opportunity for dialogue within the EUR community that furthers our shared efforts towards greater gender equity.

This event is organised by the Diversity & Inclusion Office

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At this interactive and discussion-based workshop, three speakers will share their stories on gender diversity and how it impacts our day to day lives. You will also have the opportunity to share your experiences and delve deeper into the subject through discussions with fellow participants.

This event is organised by Studium Generale and AIESEC

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Trailer: Picture A Scientist

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