Welcome to iWiS

iWiS strives to encourage and empower women to take a leading role in science to drive innovation.

iWiS strives to encourage and empower women to take a leading role in science to drive innovation. 

We believe that to enhance future scientific focus and significant breakthroughs we need to foster a shift in the culture of science, as diversity and inclusion becomes more important than ever in the search for ground-breaking innovation. The iWiS network wants to inspire women and men to collaborate and develop solutions that advance women in STEM to bring innovation and systemic change.

By organising forums, we want to portray women who are an integral part of the innovative force across the scientific spectrum. Diversity in the workforce contributes to creativity, productivity, and innovation as organisations function more effectively with diversity of thought. Everyone’s experiences should inform and guide the direction of science and technical progression.

Bejal Joshi

Bejal Joshi is the Founder and key driving force behind the set-up and development of the International Women In Science movement. She is an entrepreneur and has supported the growth and development of start-ups, organisations as well as being part of non-profit boards. She has over 10 years of expertise in healthcare, technology and scientific communications. She brings together today’s innovators and policy makers  to industry with a view to driving innovation into the future.

Dr Jolanda Groenhuijzen

Dr Jolanda Groenhuijzen, MD is Founder and Board Member of the international Women in Science association. She is passionate about encouraging women to take a leading role in science to develop solutions that advance women in STEM to bring innovation and systemic change. Everyone’s experiences should inform and guide the direction of science and technical progression.

She is a seasoned healthcare industry professional: with 20+ years’ experience including international operational and managerial roles in Medical, Marketing and Market Access and provides strategic consultancy to large Pharma companies, start-ups and patient organisations. She improves business effectiveness by stimulating change in organisational and individual behaviour, bridging line-functional disciplines and diverse cultural backgrounds.

Gabriele Yvonne Matthias

Gabriele Yvonne Matthias is Co-Founder and Board Member of the international Women in Science association. As a Molecular biologist with over 20 years experience in fundamental biomedical research, she strongly believes that innovation can only grow when creative freedom to explore and go beyond is consistently nurtured and diverse perspectives are included.

In addition to her scientist background she has long-time experience in diverse roles such as entrepreneur, teacher, mentor, non-profit leader and board member. She has written on Forbes.com and received the 2013 HBA President’s award. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities with her family, works on her plant-based culinary skills or learns about gemology.