WISE annual event (online) “stronger together”

Thursday October 15, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

This year our theme is “Stronger Together”. To enhance the strength of our network and its members, this year’s focus lies on intensifying collaboration with other organizations and groups within and outside TU/e, such as diversity and inclusion allies like Compass (TU/e LGBTQ+ organization), with colleagues, with industry and with the wider innovation ecosystem. The event comprises two main parts: a keynote and parallel discussion sessions.

Part 1: Keynote 

Advancing gender equity in STEMM*: Lessons from the Smart Wife  

Dr. Yolande Strengers

This talk will introduce you to the 'smart wife' – smart home technologies that are taking on traditionally feminised wifely roles in the home. Originating from male-dominated computing science disciplines, the smart wife is an exemplar of how advanced technology can take us backwards on progress towards gender equity. Yolande will outline several proposals to address the systemic inequities now seen in many technical disciplines and the problems these can create.  

* Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine research

Yolande Strengers is an Associate Professor of Digital Society and Technology in the Emerging Technologies Research Lab, and Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She is co-author of The Smart Wife: Why Siri, Alexa and Other Smart Home Devices Need a Feminist Reboot with Jenny Kennedy (The MIT Press, 2020). 

Part 2: Parallel Discussions

Stronger Together

In part 2, participants can join discussions on five selected themes. Each theme is briefly introduced by an invited expert who are happy to share their knowledge. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in discussion sessions and ask questions about the various topics. Participants are free to choose in which sessions they would like to participate. The program allows for each participant to join two sessions. The themes and experts are:

  • Inclusive connections: Bonnie Beerkens
         Program Coordinator Research & Valorization and Program Coordinator
  • Connecting with WISE Community: Marion Matters
         Chair WISE-Network
  • Connecting with industry: Monique Bruining
     Managing Director of ICMS (Institute for Complex Molecular Systems)
  • Connecting with the regional innovation ecosystem: Isabelle Reymen    
          Full Professor Design of Innovation Ecosystems, in the Innovation,
          Technology Entrepreneurship and Marketing (ITEM) group of the department
          of IE&IS, and Scientific Director of TU/e innovation Space  
  • Connecting through networking: Daniel Tetteroo
    Assistant Professor Department of Industrial Design, member of Young    

      Academy of Engineers

  (for short bio’s and session description see the download link below)

Registration can be done via this registration form or by sending an email to: wise-network@tue.nl

All TU/e Scientists, from PDEng and Ph.D candidates to full professor and research-support staff are warmly invited.
We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.

Program: 08.45 – 09.00 virtual meeting space open, logging in and entering (bring your own coffee)

Part 1: Keynote
9:00 – 9:10 Welcome - Marion Matters-Kammerer – Chair WISE TU/e
9:10 – 9:30 Keynote by dr. Yolande Strengers
9:30 – 10:00 Discussion Stronger Together


10:00 – 10:15 break

Part 2: Parallel sessions Stronger Together

10:15 – 10:45 Short topic introductions
10:45 – 11:15 discussion session 1

11:15 – 11:20 short break

11:20 – 11:50 discussion session 2
11:50 – 12:00 plenary closing

12:00 – 13:00 optional lunch (bring your own


Women in Science - Eindhoven (WISE) Network

WISE network is a network for female scientific staff at TU/e. Supported by the University Board, the network was founded in March 2007.