Insight Out 2018

Connecting women in science

Insight Out 2018, the network event for women in exact and natural science, will take place on 27 September 2018. Get ready for inspiring lectures, workshops and networking activities. Insight Out gives you the opportunity to share your insights and to connect with fellow researchers.

Registration is open!


09.30: Walk-in
10.00: Opening by chair Ans Hekkenberg
10.15: Speaker Anna Watts
10.45: Speaker Tinka Jacobs
11.30: Paneldiscussion
12.30: Lunch
13.30: Workshops round 1
15.00: Workshops round 2
16.00: Speaker Rietje van Dam-Mieras
16:30: Drinks
17.30: End  


Ans Hekkenberg (Fotocredit: Joost Weber/NWO)

Ans Hekkenberg
After finishing her physics and astronomy study, Ans opted for a career in science communication. As of 2 February 2017 she is communications manager at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam.



Anna WattsAnna Watts

Anna Watts
Anna Watts is an Associate Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Amsterdam, working on neutron stars and the next generation of X-ray space telescopes. She is a Vidi and ERC Starting Grant laureate, a mother, a migrant and a journal Editor.

Tinka JacobsTinka Jacobs

Tinka Jacobs
Tinka Jacobs has joined ASML in 2000, after becoming Ir. (bio)Mechanics at TUE. She started at ASML in Development & Engineering (D&E). After ten years she became one of the first Reliability Architects within D&E. In 2016 she started with a new challenge: Reliability and Productivity System Engineer for a relatively new ASML product, called Yieldstar. In this role she steers the work of a few hundred D&E colleagues.


Rietje van Dam-MierasRietje van Dam-Mieras

Rietje van Dam-Mieras
Rietje van Dam-Mieras graduated in Chemistry at Utrecht University and obtained her PhD in 1976. She was nominated professor of Natural Sciences, especially Biochemistry and Biotechnology in 1992. From 2007 – 2013 she was professor Sustainable Development and Innovation of Education at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of Leiden University. She presently is a member of the board of TKI-BioBased Economy.


Moniek Tromp Fotocredits: TU MunchenMoniek Tromp Fotocredits: TU Munchen

Workshop 1 | Media training | Science on Air
"Why you should want to perform in the media"
Trainer: Karin van den Boogaert with Moniek Tromp
An interview or a Twitter message can both boost and ruin your scientific career. This makes a well-considered media strategy a must have for every scientist. This interactive session will introduce you into the world of mass and social media. You will learn how to formulate your personal media strategy and how to choose the right media to pro-actively achieve your goals.

Workshop 2 | Theater workshop | Stralia
"Scientists on stage"
Trainer: Dr. Maria Sovago
Connect, network, team up! We scientists do this every day. No matter what your aim is – lead a group, present,  teach, pitch – it’s you on stage! In this workshop, we will use theatre techniques adapted for scientists to bring you to the next level of connection and transform you from a standard scientist to YOU 2.0. You will gain confidence, pleasure and learn how to have impact when sharing your ideas. You will leave the workshop full of energy, power and thirst to perform!

Workshop 3 | Consortium formation | Naturalis/Birch
“Collaboration as a key to successful scientific work”
Trainers: Maaike Romijn, Dolfine Kosters and Onno Bieleman
Science without collaboration is almost unimaginable nowadays. No project is submitted without collaboration. In this workshop we will focus on the phenomenon of collaboration. More specifically we will look at working in the formalized context of consortia. What is it? What are the success factors? What can we learn from case studies? What questions do you – participants of the workshop – run into? Does diversity play a role?

Workshop 4 | Personal Branding | ElroyCOM Training
“Scientific self-presentation: be visible, be remembered, get selected”
Trainer: Mark van der Zwan
Next to your scientific accomplishments, your career is also determined by how people view you as a professional and as a person. Personal branding offers the key ingredients you need to present yourself in a way that is consistent with your career strategy. In this workshop we discuss and check how you act and present yourself in various forms of professional communication, for example in online networks and social media.

Workshop 5 | Connecting women in science | ElroyCOM Training
“Successful scientists use their networks well”
Trainer: Paulien Weikamp
Women in science benefit from connecting with female peers. They can relate to each other and help each other out. In this workshop you are going to actively practice network conversations by connecting with other participants. You will learn how to interact with potential scientific friends by practicing how to make contact, sharing ideas and experiences and making agreements on how you are going to help or use this connection.


Registration is open! Please register here before September 11.
Registration for the workshops will be possible from end of August. This event will be in English.


Insight Out will take place in De Veerensmederij in Amersfoort.
De Veerensmederij is located centrally in Amersfoort, within walking distance of Amersfoort Central Station. The venue is also well reacheable by car, as it is close to highways A1 and A28. Parking on the terrain of De Veerensmederij is free of charge.

By train

Exit Amersfoort Central Station at the Noordzijde exit, which is at the back of the station. Turn left. Take the footpath between the P+R of Q-park en follow the railway line. Continue on this path, past De Rijtuigenloods up to H+N+S Landschapsarchitecten. Go into to alley alongside H+N+S. After 100 meters the entrance of De Veerensmederij is right in front of you. This walk will take about 10 minutes.

By car

Download the directions or use 'Soesterweg 310F in Amersfoort' or '3812 GZ' as navigation address. At the entrance of De Wagenwerkplaats, please follow the signs to De Veerensmederij.