Prof. Takkenberg is the director of RSM’s Erasmus Centre for Women and Organisations (ECWO), which was founded by 2019 FAME Athena Award winner Dianne Bevelander. She also runs the research projectEQUAL4EUROPE within RSM, as part of a European programme that develops and implements Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) in research institutions.
Striving for equality of opportunity is a common thread in Prof. Takkenberg’s career. “I can't stand things that are not fair. Women have only been in science for a relatively short time. Universities are male-dominated strongholds. They are hierarchical and very focused on competition and individual performance. It’s difficult to move up the ladder if you do not comply with the image of a stereotypical scientist. Research shows that prejudices usually have a negative impact on women.”
The university should be an inclusive and safe environment for everyone, regardless of gender or origin, says Prof. Takkenberg. “Everyone within the university must be able to do justice to themselves and feel heard.”
About Hanneke Takkenberg
Hanneke Takkenberg is professor of clinical decision-making in cardiothoracic interventions at Erasmus MC, and professor of educational management at RSM. She is co-founder of VENA, the Erasmus MC academic women's network that has existed for over 15 years now. Until 2018 she was chief diversity officer within Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 2018 she won the Els Borst Prize for her commitment to improving healthcare for women, both patients and female doctors.