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WISE-TENURE TRACK POSITION ROYAL NIOZ ASSIGNED TO DR. ANJA SPANG

FOUR FEMALE RESEARCHERS SELECTED FROM 106 ENTRIES

The Women in Science Excel (WISE) programme of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has its first major landmark. Four talented female scientists have been assigned to Dutch research institutes as part of the five-year tenure track programme. We are proud to welcome dr. Anja Spang to the Royal NIOZ.

The Women In Science Excel (WISE) programme provides talented female scientists with an opportunity to develop or expand their own research group at one of NWO's institutes.

The aim of WISE, a national recruiting programme that started in June 2016, is to attract top female researchers and promote their advancement, all to the improvement of gender balance among the research staffs in NWO’s institutes. In the next few years a total of 20 high profile female scientists will be selected.  

Asgard Archae

Dr. Anja Spang, dr. Elisbaeth Adams, dr. Barbara Hola and dr. Stacey Jeffery were picked by an independent judging-committee from 106 international entries. Dr. Spang especially impressed the WISE committee with her vision and her ambitious and detailed research proposal.

Her latest research, on the famous Asgard archae, was recently published in Nature and reveals that marvel microbes may illuminate how cells became complex. You can find a list of her scientific publications here. 

Spang, until recently working at Uppsala University in Sweden, will focus on studying archeabacteria at the Royal NIOZ. With her research, she will enhance our understanding of the early evolution of life on earth and the functioning of marine ecosystems.