The four partners

L’Oréal Nederland B.V.

L’Oréal Nederland B.V. is part of the L’Oréal Group, the world’s largest cosmetics group. The Group has been around for over 100 years and the Dutch branch was established in the 1950s. L’Oréal’s objective is creating qualitative, effective and safe beauty products for everyone and thus meeting the needs of men and women across the world. The Group has 23 international brands and sells in over 130 countries. One of the humanitarian objectives of the Group is promoting scientific research. The international For Women in Science programme has been around since 1998 and has already rewarded many female scientists for their exceptional research.

For more information: Coco-Chloë Aarts, Corporate Communication Director, +31 23-5499477,


UNESCO and the National Commission of UNESCO

UNESCO is the organisation in the United Nations that uses education, science, culture and communication to promote peace and safety in the world. The National Commission for UNESCO is the link between the worldwide community united in UNESCO and the Dutch professional field, and between the field and the Dutch government. The National Commission promotes the reputation of UNESCO and UNESCO activities in the Netherlands and ensures that Dutch mental legacy is included in the UNESCO program. The National Commission also advises the Dutch government about UNESCO subjects.

For more information: dr. Marike Bontenbal, Science Policy Coordinator,  +31 70-4260266,


The Dutch Network of Women Professors (LNVH)

The Dutch Network of Women Professors (LNVH) has been dedicating itself to the promotion of equal representation in the university community and of women professors in committees and advisory bodies in the field of scientific research and education since 2001. The LNVH hopes to achieve this objective by organising activities geared towards the capacity increase of women scientists and by influencing university policy.

For more information: Lidwien Poorthuis, Senior Policy Officer +31 30-600 13 61,

Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS)

The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW) offers residential fellowships of up to ten months to individuals and groups of researchers. By offering the space and time to reflect and interact, NIAS stimulates advanced research and scientific innovation, with a focus on humanities and social sciences. NIAS strives to connect disciplines, to encourage cooperation, to facilitate new research paths and to revitalise the links between sciences and arts. NIAS was founded in 1970 and has been an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) since 1988. As an independent Institute for Advanced Study, NIAS is member of two international networks with sister Institutes, including Berlin, Uppsala, Princeton and Harvard. Several individual fellowships are co-sponsored by public and private organisations.

For more information: dr. Angelie Sens, Institute Manager,, 020-224 67 03.