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Periodic Report Summary 1 - ROSALIND FRANKLIN (Rosalind Franklin Fellowship Cofund Programme)

1 INTRODUCTION

The Rosalind Franklin Fellowship Cofund Programme builds on a very successful programme, run by the University of Groningen, the Netherlands since 2003. The programme aims to promote the advancement of talented international researchers at the highest levels of the institution. As such it attracts the best researchers from all over the world to perform research in their own specific field of interest.
The special focus of the programme is to draw talented female researchers to the university, the ultimate goal being to close the gender gap in all research fields, at all career stages. The RFF programme offers a total of 135 fellow-years for incoming and re-integrating researchers from all over the world. The RFF fellowship offers candidates a tenure track position to Full Professor but is explicitly not a recruitment scheme for existing positions.

2 ACTIVITIES SINCE THE START OF THE PROJECT ON 1 OCTOBER 2014

On 1 October 2014 the University of Groningen published a call for 30 Rosalind Franklin – Cofund fellows. After the closing date of the call, 1 December 2014, the selection committees in all faculties began to select and interview candidates. In total the University received 409 applications of which 364 were eligible. After a first assessment by the external experts and the selection committees 65 candidates were interviewed, resulting in a list of 30 candidates. In the next step the selection and ranking procedures of the faculties were assessed by the central Rosalind Franklin Fellowship Committee and approved of. On 11 May 2015 the final list of 30 candidates was approved by the Board of the University after which the fellows could be appointed. In total twenty fellows accepted the fellowship, the first started in June 2015 and the last in August 2016.
Soon after the first fellows started, meetings were organized to inform the new fellows and their supervisors on the specific demands of the programme and the training possibilities at the University of Groningen. Also attention was given in the (social) media to the RFF programme and the new fellows and a special welcoming ceremony was held on 6 September 2016.
As not all positions were filled during the first call it was decided to plan a second call for the remaining 10 positions. This call is planned in the second half of 2016.

3 MAIN RESULTS SINCE 1 OCTOBER 2014

Since the start of the project, the Rosalind Franklin Fellowship Cofund Programme has appointed 20 fellows according the described selection procedures . 10 fellows were invited but were not appointed due to several individual reasons.
The fellows have started over the last year and for extensive results related to their research it is still too early. However, already five RF-fellows were awarded with personal research grants and prizes (VENI, VIDI, ERC-starting, Michael Breheny Prize, JSPS fellowship) and two of them were also selected to become members of the Young Academy of Groningen.

Also , the Rosalind Franklin Fellows Cofund Programme of the university is often mentioned at national conferences as an excellent example to realize an advancement of women in science.

4 EXPECTED FINAL RESULTS AND THEIR POTENTIAL IMPACT AND USE

The Marie Curie Cofund action will add substantially to the Rosalind Franklin programme that is unique in its character to promote gender equality at a systemic level and not only at programme implementation level. The programme is set up to support the underrepresented gender at the targeted level in all scientific disciplines at the University of Groningen.
The University of Groningen aims at 25% female professors in 2020. Without strategic measures such as the Rosalind Franklin Fellowships Programme, this percentage will not be reached.
Moreover, the research reputation of the university will benefit from the highly talented researchers it attracts with the programme. Although the Rosalind Franklin Fellowship Programme is not intended as a recruitment scheme, it does help to appoint and train excellent researchers of the underrepresented gender, thus enabling them to acquire permanent, high-level positions afterwards. The latter is not only beneficial for the University of Groningen but also for the academic community as a whole, as a substantial number of fellows move on to other universities.

5 WEBSITE

http://www.rug.nl/rff

6 CONTACT

Mr Wiebe Zijlstra, project manager and EU liaison officer

Wiebe.zijlstra@rug.nl
Tel +31 50 3635362

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