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For Women in Science Fellowships for Research on Healthy Urban Living and Epilepsy

Carlijn Kamphuis and Maeike Zijlmans are awarded the Dutch L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship 2016. The fellowship, which includes a residency at NIAS, stimulates the scientific careers of talented young women Life Scientists with the aim of increasing the number of women professors in the Netherlands in the long run.

Carlijn Kamphuis

Kamphuis is Assistant Professor at the research group Healthy Urban Living from the Department of Human Geography & Planning at Utrecht University. She studies the impact of the physical and social environment on health and health-related behaviours (e.g. physical activity, food choices). During her fellowship she will unravel the complex relations between greenness and health in cities.

The jury described Kamphuis’ proposal as “surprising”, “sparkling” and of true interdisciplinary nature. “Because of Kamphuis’ interdisciplinary approach, a stay at NIAS will be of great benefit.”

Maeike Zijlmans

Zijlmans is researcher and neurologist at the UMC Utrecht en Epilepsy Institute in the Netherlands Foundation (SEIN). She researches the development of epilepsy and its  underlying signals. Her goal is to cure more people by means of epilepsy surgery. Zijlmans’ research received numerous prizes, particularly for its relevance to patient care.

The jury praised Zijlman’s proposal as “very clear and understandable, even to readers not familiar with the topic.” This is an important strength: “Zijlmans is an excellent scientist, but also an excellent communicator. This fellowship comes at the right moment in her career.”


The two outstanding young life scientists received the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship from Andrée van Es, president of the Dutch UNESCO Commission in an award ceremony held at the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen in Haarlem on 29 November. The winners also opened the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. The fellowship is one of NIAS’ co-sponsored fellowships.

Carlijn Kamphuis introducing herself and her research.

Maeike Zijlmans introducing herself and her research.