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For Women in Science Fellowship for Research on Micro-algae and Lung Disease


On Saturday 5 October, L’Oréal, UNESCO, NIAS and the Dutch Network of Women Professors, will award the For Women in Science Fellowship to two rising female scientists in the Life Sciences. This year the jury selected Maria Barbosa and Frances de Man as recipients of the fellowship. The winners will be announced and introduced at “Spotlight: Fascination for Science”, a talk show part of the World Science Festival Amsterdam.

About the Winners

Maria Barbosa (39) is Director of AlgaePARC (Wageningen University). She receives the scholarship for her research on micro-algae and the potential of micro-algae biotechnology to develop into a sustainable source of food and fuel.

Frances de Man (32) is biomedical researcher at the VU University Medical Centre. She is awarded the scholarship for her research on the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), an incurable lung disease.

They will carry out their research at NIAS in the academic year 2014/15.



About “Spotlight: Fascination for Science”

Science is a long term affair. Scientific breakthroughs are usually preceded by years of trial and error and only a few final discoveries get the attention they deserve. What inspires and motivates scientists to do research? What drives their fascination, passion and perseverance?

In this programme, four leading Dutch scientists will share stories about their passion for science, the state of the art in their respective fields, and the peculiarities of the scientific world.

The programme (in Dutch) will be moderated by Naima Azough, who will uncover the fascinations and scientific secrets of Simone Buitendijk, Marie-José Goumans, Marise Born and Juliette Walma van der Molen.

The evening will close with the announcement of the winners of For Women in Science scholarships.

When: Saturday 5 October, 18.15 – 20.00
Where: Aula, University of Amsterdam, Lutherse Kerk, Amsterdam

Entrance is free, you can register here.

About the Fellowship

The For Women in Science Fellowship aims to stimulate the career of talented female life scientists. Even though women increasingly attain the highest academic levels, they are still under-represented at the top levels of scientific research. Long term goal of the fellowship is to contribute to the increase of women professors at Dutch universities. The Dutch For Women in Science Fellowship is a joint venture between L’Oréal, UNESCO, NIAS and the Dutch Network of Women Professors (LNVH). The first Dutch fellowship was awarded to health scientist Judith Rietjens, who is currently at NIAS working on palliative sedation and end-of-life care.