FAME Athena Awards

Recognising female talent within the EUR community
Winner Fame Athena award 2023 Maria Carmen Punzi with artwork on stage during the award ceremony.

Erasmus University Rotterdam and FAME (Females in Academia Moving towards Equity) strive for equal representation of female talent. With the Athena Award, FAME aims to celebrate staff members and students who stimulate early career female talent within the academic environment and are a true example for others.  

The FAME Athena prize is presented by the Rector Magnificus during the Dies Natalis. The prize is an original painting by Sofja Wolsky and a certificate signed by the Rector Magnificus and a FAME committee member, recognizing their extraordinary contributions. 

The following criteria are used to judge the initiative for the FAME Athena Award:

  • Contributing substantially to the empowerment of early career women within the EUR.
  • Acting as ambassadors towards the acknowledgement of talented women. In doing so, they act as an example for their colleagues.
  • Creating an inclusive culture where diverse talent is stimulated and valued.

All student and employee initiatives within the EUR can be nominated for the FAME Athena Award. Nominations can be submitted from mid-July til 20th September. You can submit your nomination through the webform on MyEUR.

The Executive board and FAME committee members cannot be nominated for this award.

The panel will carefully assess all nominations and will decide on the winner of the award. The panel consists of the following members:

  • The Rector Magnificus
  • A FAME committee member
  • A dean of EUR
  • A student of Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • One of the alumni of Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • A professor or dean of Erasmus MC

Members of the panel are not allowed to discuss the decision making with third parties.

In case of a nomination of a panel member, the panel member will not partake in the panel and they will be replaced.

The Rector Magnificus will announce the winner of the Athena Award during the Dies Natalis of Erasmus University Rotterdam. The prize is an original painting by Sofja Wolsky and a certificate signed by the Rector Magnificus and a FAME committee member.

  • Dr Teresa Bago d’Uva (Erasmus School of Economics)
  • Dr Gabi Helfert (Rotterdam School of Management)
  • Dr Federica Violi (Erasmus School of Law)
  • Dr Ellen Frank Delgado (IDEA Center and HR)
  • Dr Katarina Putnik (IDEA Center and HR)
  • FAME

    Females in Academia Moving towards Equity (FAME) is an initiative designed to further the participation, empowerment and achievement of women at EUR.

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