june, 2021

14jun1:05 PM1:55 PMInspirational Talks

Speakers during this session

  • Dr. Jorien Vonk

    Dr. Jorien Vonk

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

    Jorien Vonk studies permafrost, which contains as much carbon as is present in all the living biomass on Earth combined. These deposits have been frozen for thousands of years. However, Arctic permafrost areas are thawing steadily, releasing organic carbon via rivers and coastal erosion which may contribute to global warming. Vonk has recently (2020) been awarded a Vidi grant of 800,000 euros for research in the Arctic, which will allow her to further develop her own line of research and expand her research group over the next five years. At Insight Out, Vonk will give a talk with her former postdoc, Dr. Lisa Bröder, about shared experiences in their careers in Science and the importance of mentoring. Bröder now works as a researcher at the ETH Zürich.

    URL https://research.vu.nl/en/persons/jorien-vonk

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Dr. Lisa Bröder

    ETH Zürich

  • Dr. Sahar El Aidy

    Dr. Sahar El Aidy

    University of Groningen

    Sahar El Aidy is appointed as a Rosalind Franklin Fellow in 2015 at the level of associate professor in the Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute at the University of Groningen. She works in the field of microbiome research, studying in particular the role of gut microbiota, its metabolic activity, and interactions with the host immune, metabolic, and neurological functions. Her group focuses on how gut microbiota sense and metabolize neuroactive compounds that are part of our diet and the impact of these bacterial metabolites on the neuro-immune response within the gut and brain. In recognition of her achievements in science as well as outreach, she won the NWO Athena Award 2020, was appointed at the Young Academy Groningen (YAG) and is a member of the Young Science and Engineering Network (YSEN).

    URL https://www.rug.nl/staff/sahar.elaidy/research/prizes.html

    University of Groningen

  • Professor Arwen Deuss

    Professor Arwen Deuss

    Utrecht University

    Arwen Deuss is a professor of structure and composition of Earth’s deep interior at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She received her doctorate at the University of Oxford and before arriving at Utrecht in 2014, she spent ten years at the University of Cambridge as a fellow of Pembroke College and lecturer (and then reader) in Earth Sciences. Her research focusses on using seismic waves generated by earthquakes to image the Earth’s deep interior, similar to making a brain scan. She is particularly interested in using whole Earth oscillations, which make the Earth ‘ring like a bell’. Professor Arwen Deuss is also a recipient of the NWO Athena Award for her outstanding science, being an inspiring mentor, and prominence in outreach activities (e.g. presence in different television programmes). During her talk at Insight Out, she will share stories on challenges and opportunities during her career path, working abroad and how to keep a healthy work-life balance.

    URL https://www.uu.nl/medewerkers/AFDeuss

    Utrecht University

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