In recognition of outstanding commitment to increasing gender equality at the Faculty of Science, Prof. dr. Geert de Snoo received the RISE award during his farewell reception as dean of the Faculty of Science on August 29 2019.
De Snoo played a major role in the initiation of our RISE network as he linked Martina Vijver and Miranda van Eck when they received their NWO ASPASIA grants to stimulate diversity. He not only stimulated the cohesion between female scientists at the faculty, but also took their advice seriously. A few times a year the dean met with the board of RISE to discuss gender policy at the Faculty. Important issues were discussed, ranging from the amount of nursing rooms in the buildings to stimulation of a safe working environment or gender payment gaps. During these conversations RISE got to know De Snoo as a real people’s person “mensen-mens in Dutch”, who can listen very well and truly wants to encourage the diversity amongst employees. We are grateful for the active and nice collaboration with Geert de Snoo during the past years, which we hope to continue with the new dean.
This is only the second time that the RISE award is presented to a staff member at the Faculty. It is a prestigious award that is only presented to people who have shown outstanding commitment to increasing gender equality at our Faculty. The first award was presented to Prof. dr. Eric Eliel in 2018 (see link for news item from 2018).
Link to news item in Leidsch Dagblad (in Dutch)