27-29 September 2023 – Leiden – Stadsgehoorzaal

The Women in Science Policy (WISP) event

The Women in Science Policy (WISP) initiative aims to advocate for acknowledging women in science policy to relevant stakeholders and to build a network for female researchers to coordinate matches between mentors and mentees. Last year, the first-ever WISP event took place at STI 2022 in Granada, Spain, and it received many positive feedbacks. This year, the WISP would like to organize a gathering event again at STI 2023 in Leiden, the Netherlands. Not only just providing the networking opportunity this year, the WISP also organizes a special session called “Career Talk!” to answer the needs of the WISP members who want to seek career advice based on the WISP survey results. The panelists are from different sectors and career stages; some have gradually transitioned their career path from researcher to another role in the science system. We hope to demonstrate a variety of career paths to help the members of the WISP to explore more opportunities in the future.

If you want to know more about the WISP, follow us on Twitter or Linkedin. Look forward to meeting you in Leiden!

Date: September 27 (Wed.)
Venue: Faculty club Leiden University Rapenburg 73, 2311 GJ Leiden

Time (CET time) Activity
19:30-19:40 Entering

Welcome remark
Introduction of the Women in Science Policy (WISP) and the report of the WISP survey result

  • Stefanie Haustein and Carey Ming-Li Chen

Career talk!

Moderator: Stefanie Haustein, Associate Professor at the School of Information Studies (ÉSIS), University of Ottawa; Co-director of the Scholarly Communications Lab (ScholCommLab)


  • Sybille Hinze, Head of Center for Open and Responsible Research (CORe) at the Berlin University Alliance (researcher→research manager)
  • Isabella Peters, Professor of Web Science at the ZBW Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and CAU Kiel University (academic researcher)
  • Inge van der Weijden, Senior researcher at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), Leiden University; Policy advisor at Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Netherlands (researcher→policy maker)
  • Leigh-Ann Butler, Scholarly communications librarian at the University of Ottawa (librarian)
  • Silvia Dobre, Product manager and researcher at International Center for the Study of Research, Elsevier (industry)
  • Zohreh Zahedi, Coordinator of the research information management at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW); visiting researcher at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), Leiden university (recent PhD holder)
20:20-20:50 Networking
20:50-21:00 Closing remark