VUB professor of hydrology Marijke Huysmans named among InspiringFifty
Marijke Huysmans of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel has been named by the non-profit organisation InspiringFifty Belgium as one of the 50 top female role models in the technology sector. Its aim is to see more women in management positions within the sector. Marijke Huysmans is an associate professor in hydrology and hydraulic engineering at VUB.
Huysmans carries out research on groundwater, drought and sustainable water management at VUB, and also advises the government. She recently advised the Flemish government in drafting the Blue Deal, which includes structural measures to tackle the growing drought problem in Flanders. She has also taken on the important role of explaining the social importance of groundwater to the general public. She does this through media appearances in which she explains, for example, what drought means and how we can combat it. She also contributed to the children’s science book "Het Grote Waterboek: Van zwetende planten tot verwoestende tsunami’s" (The Wonderful World of Water: From Dams to Deserts).
InspiringFifty Belgium aims to give visibility and recognition to women in the Belgian tech industry, by naming the 50 most inspiring women in the sector every two years. It also creates a network of like-minded women, organises training courses and takes initiatives to increase the number of women working in tech.