Meet the 16 Finalists of FameLab 2019.

FameLab Finalists 2019

Beatrice Boots

Deputy Director, Platform Betatechniek

'We have to encourage young people to study science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to become scientists and engineers. By talking more about science in public, we make sure we give everybody an opportunity to get engaged in science!'

Bert Vercnocke

Father of two, husband of one, Bert is passionate about science, teaching, percussion and building bridges across disciplines. For instance, through a science-meets-society platform he co-organises. Bert obtained his PhD in Theoretical Physics at KU Leuven and held postdoc positions at CEA Saclay, Stanford University and currently at the University of Amsterdam’s Institute of Physics. Bert’s research focuses on black holes and cosmology in the context of string theory.

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FameLab 2019: Paris Asif

Paris Asif

Paris Asif was born and raised in Amsterdam. She did her masters in Biomedical Sciences and then started her PhD at the University of Amsterdam at AMC on colorectal cancer. Her interest in biomedical sciences is broad, she likes virology and oncology, but is also into medical research in space. Paris wonders sometimes if she should move to another country as she really loves mountains and hiking, but Amsterdam feels like home to her. When not working or outside, she loves poetry or painting. 

Professor Dr Hans Clevers

Professor of Molecular Genetics, Hubrecht Institute

British biologist L. Wolpert stated 'Science can be quite uncomfortable to live with. It offers no hope for an afterlife, it tolerates no magic and it doesn't tell us how to live.' 

Thus, one of the biggest challenges for science will always be acceptance by society at large.  It is necessary to explain repeatedly how science works and what it can – and cannot – accomplish. The importance of helping young scientists learn how to communicate their research effectively cannot be overestimated.

Carlo van Overbeek

Born, brought up and studied in Utrecht. Carlo both did a bachelor and master at Utrecht University. First in chemistry, later in Nanomaterials: Chemistry & Physics. Additionally, Carlo paused his studies for a year to become the chairman of the study association for chemistry students in Utrecht (U.S.S. Proton). Currently, Carlo is working as a PhD student at the Condensed Matter & Interfaces group, again at the Utrecht University.

FameLab 2019: Lindsey Burggraaff

Lindsey Burggraaff

Lindsey is a PhD candidate in computational drug discovery. Her research lays in the field of drug discovery - she uses computers to speed up drug development. She predicts what molecules will be good drug candidates by calculating their efficiency and limit potential side effects. Lindsey tries to sparkle enthusiasm about science in others as well. This can be interest in various things, such as magic shows using 'dry ice' to create smoky clouds or the invention of seedless grapes. 

Professor Dr Louise Fresco

President, Executive Board of Wageningen UR

'Science is more and more becoming an integrated part of society. Communicating with society therefore is crucial for young scientists although the accompanying skill development has often been neglected. Famelab encourages PhD candidates accepting the challenge to improve their communication skills, to become a completely equipped 21th century scientist.'

Julia Boonzaaier

Julia is a PhD researcher at the UMC Utrecht investigating the effect of non-invasive brain stimulation on stroke recovery in animal models. She hopes that the findings from this project can improve the recovery of stroke patients. Julia previously studied at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa, where she originates from).

FameLab 2019: Kateryna Frantseva

Kateryna Frantseva

Ever since she was a kid, Kateryna attended astronomical extracurricular activities which led her to pursue a career in astronomy. She received her bachelor and master degrees in Ukraine and moved to the Netherlands to do her PhD. And now Kateryna is an astrophysicist working at the University of Groningen. She studies small bodies, such as asteroids and comets focusing on the role that these small bodies play in the processes of water and organics delivery to planets.