Kawtar obtained her master’s degree in Biomedical Neurosciences at the University of Antwerp in 2018 and is since then pursuing her PhD at the department of Adult Psychiatry (Collaborative Antwerp Psychiatric Research Institute) within the faculty of Medicine. She has a strong interest in the role of inflammation in serious mental illness. In her current research she explores the prevalence and impact of COVID-19 exposure in newly admitted patients with serious mental illness at the University Psychiatric Centre in Duffel.
As a supporter of diversity in academia, she is committed to the transfer of disadvantaged groups to higher education by volunteering as a tutor in STEM and as a coach at PEP!.
Candidacy for the Board of Governers UAntwerp
I would like to apply as a AAP/BAP representative in the Board of Governors of our institute.
The AAP/BAP members have a distinctive position, with strong needs and a certain perception of how the policy of our university should look like. My interest for its policy is something that has been growing more and more over recent years. UAntwerp’s vision is what attracted me in the first place and led me to have spent my student career here.
Something I learned over time, is that our institute relies to a large extent on the performance of AAP/BAP staff in terms of scientific research and services. As a student and BAP member I would like to advocate for better guidance of our young researchers. Being in that position for two years now, I not only understand, but also share the same concerns and vision as other AAP/BAP members. Along these lines, I’d like to contribute to the discussion on mental health and well-being of all our AAP/BAP members, which has been addressed too little during the Covid-19 pandemic. Not only did this year’s crisis affect the scientific work of our new colleagues, but also of our more experienced post-docs in different scientific domains. By facilitating accessibility to support on scientific and individual level, we can help empower our young researchers, boost their growth and help pursue their career.
To do so, we also need to strive for more equal opportunities for all AAP and BAP members. The AAP/BAP staff as a group of both native and international members, makes an additional incentive to focus on inclusivity. Including all AAP/BAP staff in the dialogues present at all levels of our university is one of the first steps to reach this goal. Naturally, diversity is not only based on ethnic, religious or gender differences, but all layers that constitute identity, and I’m eager to learn so much more about all layers that shape the AAP/BAP staff. This way, if elected, I can be the voice of every AAP/BAP member and try to translate our thoughts into actions within the Board of Governors.
In the end, we all have to be part of the change we want to see.
Thank you for considering me as a candidate.
Statute & functions
Bijzonder academisch personeel
- doctoral scholarship holder