Art & Diversity in Science

Policies aiming at more Diversity & Inclusiveness are mainstream in many organisations. The more diverse and inclusive, the better an organisation or team functions. This is also reflected in the type of art and exhibitions on campuses. Through all kinds of initiatives, campuses are increasingly expressing ‘colour’ and ‘inclusiveness’, representing the diversity in science and scientists of today and the future.

Universities’ videos and exhibitions
Some universities have also contributed with their own video showing diversity & inclusiveness, or granted access to their exhibition. Feel free to explore these displays as well.

Art and exhibitions showing diversity

Triggered by this development, the Dutch Research Council (NWO) would like to pay attention to these great initiatives. Dutch universities have been approached in the context of Insight Out to provide visibility to their art and exhibitions expressing diversity and inclusiveness. This has resulted in a sparkling video displaying pieces of art on five national campusses called “The Art Route” video. Check out the NWO “Art Route” Video!

‘Screening diversity’ is the name given to the artwork by Dutch photographer Robin de Puy. Her aim was to “make diversity visible and tangible, not by focussing on differences between people, but rather by celebrating their similarities.” The photos highlight “aspects of being human that everyone – no matter where you come from – knows. Think of love, fear, focus, adolescence, aging, talent, daring, etc. The students occupy a central place in this story”

© Universiteit Maastricht 2020

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Maastricht University

Delft Novonieten
In the past, new members of the ‘Delftste Vrouwelijke Studentenvereniging’ (DVSV – Delft student society for women) were called ‘novieten’ (‘novices’) as opposed to ‘feuten’ (with the connotation of ‘foetuses’), the term used for their male counterparts. After the first year, male students were welcomed into a robust community of men. Women, on the other hand, were a minority group. They were ‘politely ignored’ and expected to first prove themselves worthy. In the past, how did women deal with their role as a minority group?

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TU Delft

Delft voices of Women in Science
TU Delft Library & DEWIS (Delft Women in Science) introduce you to 17 campus leaders through their intellectual ideas, attracting attention to how these women impact society and inspire future female scientists. Some of our faculty even take on gender challenges in their own research and teaching.

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TU Delft

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