Women in science & technology

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The world needs science and science needs women

Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Yet there is much more room for women and girls to participate fully. There is a huge opportunity for our industry to attract and retain women scientists. As a purpose-led, performance-driven company that seeks a strong and diverse talent pipeline, DSM invites you to join us in accelerating female participation in science and technology. Progress for women means progress for all of us.

In their own words

We asked a few of DSM’s current scientists to share their experiences of gender diversity in the workplace. Here's what they had to say:

Why did this woman stay the course in science? It all started with my dad

My dad was a truck driver, a man who grew up in the 70s and worked a blue-collar job. But he was determined that his daughter wouldn’t be a helpless damsel in distress. He wanted me to know how an engine worked and how to mend a puncture. He, as well as my mum and step-dad, taught me that I could achieve whatever I wanted in life.”

Daniëlle Glasbergen, Application Development Specialist Sports & Lifestyle at DSM Additive Manufacturing in the Netherlands

Women in science: just say it, just do it!

It started when I joined DSM nine years ago straight from College and was immediately connected to female mentors as well as our Women Inspired Network. Despite being young and inexperienced on a professional level, it gave me the confidence to be myself - which is so important in all of life, not just science.”

Caroline Liu, Research Scientist at DSM Additive Manufacturing in North America

What can China teach the scientific world about diversity? It’s all about the science!

I have always felt that the fact that I’m a female is secondary. Women working in R&D for DSM China have scored the company above ‘’high performance industry norm’’ on the level of inclusion – via our yearly employee engagement survey. The reason? I might be that we enjoy diversity here in China, because it helps us create better science’’.

Ren Bao, Scientist and Group Lead at DSM in China

The best way to achieve diversity in science? Talk about it!

"What helped me in my career was people who believed in me and gave me opportunities to further develop. I prefer to talk about my improvement areas rather than my achievements, and I learned that this can be interpreted different compared to what I tried to say. Therefore, I am grateful to the people who encouraged me throughout my career."

Maurien Olsthoorn, Corporate Science Fellow Analysis & Characterization in the Netherlands

View from the top

We asked a few of DSM’s current leaders to share their thoughts on the importance of inclusion and diversity in science and innovation:

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Judith Wiese, Executive Vice President P&O & Member of DSM's Executive Committee

‘’With 35% women working in R&D, DSM is performing better than the global average of 28,8%. But we need a strong pipeline of female talent coming in to close the gender gap.’’

Watch Judith's video to find out more.

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Feike Sijbesma, CEO & Chairman of DSM's Managing Board

‘’I don’t want to live in a world that is dominated and dictated by men. And it would be stupid to forget 50% of the global workforce that can contribute.’’

Watch Feike’s video to find out more.

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Marcus Remmers, DSM's CTO

‘‘Girls are typically doing better in science classes than boys in school, but science is often still perceived to be a men’s job. Do we have an unconscious bias that ‘’scientist’’ equals ‘’man’’? If so, we should work together to make our unconscious biases conscious.’’

Watch Marcus’ video to find out more.

Helen Mets, President DSM Resins & Functional Materials

"I dream of a future where it’s easier for women to become great scientists. A future in which the word woman is not the first thing mentioned in a headline; a future in which we shout louder about a scientist’s idea than about her gender; a future in which a man and a woman’s perspective matter equally, and we can work to advance science and society together."

Published 30 Aug 2019

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