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For Women in Science Fellowship for Maryam Kavousi and Simone van der Burg

Health scientists Maryam Kavousi and Simone van der Burg received the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship in an award ceremony on 26 November. The fellowship, which includes a residency at NIAS, aims to boost the career of talented life scientists.

Maryam Kavousi (Erasmus MC) and Simone van der Burg (Radboud UMC) are awarded the annual L’Oréal-UNESCO For-Women-In-Science Fellowship. Maryam Kavousi received the award for her research on cardiovascular disease risk prediction, especially in the case of women. Simone van der Burg (IQ Scientific Institute for Quality of Healthcare) received the award for her research on the ethics of sharing genetic information of newborn babies. Both laureates will start their research at NIAS in September 2015.


Award Ceremony

The Award Ceremony took place at the Trippenhuis, home of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, on 26 November 2014. 

Theo Mulder (Director of the Royal Academy’s Institutes) offers the award to Maryam Kavousi. 

The For-Women-In-Science Fellowship

Even though women increasingly attain the highest academic levels, they are still under-represented at the top levels of scientific research. With the Dutch Fellowship For Women in Science, L’Oréal, UNESCO, the Dutch Network of Women Professors (LNVH) and NIAS commit to promoting scientific careers and identifying outstanding women scientists. The Fellowship programme is aimed at contributing to the increase of the percentage of female professors in the Netherlands in the long run.

Two grants are available of € 25,000 each. The grant takes the form of a residential fellowship of three or five months at NIAS.
Previous winners include Judith Rietjens (end-of-life care), Maria Barbosa (bio-engineering) and Frances Handoko-de Man (lung disease).

View video on the underrepresentation of women in academia, and the For Women in Science fellowship (Dutch)