Efforts to raise the number of female professors in the Netherlands have so far proved fruitless. Belle Derks, professor of Social Psychology at Utrecht University, blames this on, among other things, our persistent stereotype of the male scientist. 'Our idea of the scientist is very masculine. When Dutch people think of science, they picture a man.'
In early October, Utrecht professor Belle Derks was the keynote speaker at the 17th European Gender Summit in Amsterdam. In the presence of people such as Dutch minister of Education, Culture and Science Ingrid Engelshoven, she tackled the question of why the Netherlands in particular is not progressing in its efforts to introduce more women into the scientific top.