Patricia Dankers appointed new chairperson of the Chemistry Round Table

8 November 2019

As of 1 December 2019, Patricia Dankers, professor at Eindhoven University of Technology, will serve as the new chairperson of the Chemistry Round Table. She succeeds Professor Bert Weckhuysen, who gave up the chair to secure his independent position as the chairperson of the Weckhuysen committee of the Royal Netherlands Academy for Arts and Sciences. This committee advises the government on the optimum distribution of research funding. Professor Dankers has already served as the table’s vice chairperson. The Executive Board of the NWO Domain Science is pleased to appoint her for a period of three years.

"I look forward to working with the table, the research communities (werkgemeenschappen in Dutch) and the Executive Board of the NWO Domain Science to communicate cues from the chemical field to the right departments and to help the Dutch Research Council in its efforts on behalf of Dutch science", says Professor Dankers. "There's a lot going on at the moment: sector plans, open access, improving assessment of scientists, we will be evaluating the new Open Competition within the Science Domain, there will be new funding schemes for public-private partnerships, the Dutch Chemistry Council will be set up, and much more." Dankers continues: "All very important topics that will have a direct impact on researchers. It is vital that the Dutch Research Council can base its decisions on experience and advice from the field. The table is the mouthpiece that allows the chemistry research field to speak to the board of the Science Domain. I encourage researchers from the field to submit any ideas, advice, concerns or views to the table and the committees of the research communities (werkgemeenschapscommissies)."

In her new role, Professor Dankers will immediately seek interaction with the research field. "During the next edition of CHAINS (on 10 and 11 December 2019), the Chemistry Round Table will be introducing a new tradition for chemistry in the Netherlands: the Monday Evening event for group leaders in chemistry. On the evening of 9 December, prior to the two-day CHAINS conference, all group leaders will get together for a dinner to discuss the current situation in the field of chemistry in the Netherlands. A new tradition that should become the annual yardstick for Dutch chemistry. The annual dinner event that no group leader should miss."

About Patricia Dankers

Patricia Dankers is a professor at the Faculty of Biomedical Technology and the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems at Eindhoven University of Technology. She studied chemistry in Nijmegen and defended her first doctoral dissertation on supramolecular chemistry and biomaterials at Eindhoven University of Technology in 2006. She went on to work for the company SupraPolix and University Medical Center Groningen. She defended her second doctoral dissertation on kidney regeneration in Medical Sciences at the University of Groningen in 2013. In 2010, she worked at Northwestern University in Chicago. She then continued her career as a university lecturer at Eindhoven University of Technology, and was appointed associate professor in 2014 and professor in 2017. Her research group's mission is to train students and perform research in the field of biomaterials, supramolecular chemistry and regenerative medicine that uses chemical and biological technologies.

After Professor Weckhuysen's departure, Professor Dankers already served as the interim chairperson of the Chemistry Round Table. The Executive Board of the NWO Domain Science has now appointed her for a period of three years with the unanimous support of the Chemistry Round Table.

Contact information for the Chemistry Round Table secretaries
Mark Schmets, t. +31 (0)70 344 05 37, cell +31 (0)6 30 36 92 39 | m.schmets@nwo.nl
Marcel Hoek, t. +31 (0)30 600 13 82, cell +31 (0)6 25 43 81 53 | m.hoek@nwo.nl

Source: NWO