News - April 12, 2007

Only one Veni, three Rubicons

Of the 91 Veni grants for young talented scientists awarded by the Dutch research organisation NWO, just one has gone to Wageningen UR this year.

The Australian Dr Christina Flann will now be able to do three years of innovative research. Flann, working at the Biosystematics Group, will receive a Veni subsidy of a maximum of 208,000 euros to do research on the relationships within the Asteraceae plant family. Wageningen did slightly better with the Rubicon subsidies. Three recently graduated Wageningen doctorates now have the opportunity to get research experience abroad. Cell geneticist Dr Esther de Boer (Genetics) will work for two years at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in the US and toxicologist Dr Vincent de Boer (Toxicology/RIKILT) will go to the Harvard Medical School; climate researcher Ryan Teuling (Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management) will spend eighteen months at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.