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Melly Oitzl is new NWO ALW board member

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) comprises several units. Eight Divisions for Sciences develop new research programmes, assess subsidy requests and monitor projects that NWO finances. ALW- Earth and Life Sciences is one of NWO’s eight Divisions for Science. Professor Melly Oitzl from Medical Pharmacology is now a board member of this Division.

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Melly Oitzl

NWO Earth and Life Sciences (ALW) finances and stimulates high-grade scientific research in the field of earth and life sciences. ALW will develop research programmes within the four NWO themes:

  • Water and climate
  • Healthy living
  • Sustainable energy
  • Materials: solutions for scarcity

The ALW Board is responsible for developing and implementing the policy for its research disciplines. The budget of the ALW council helps to make this possible. The ALW board consists of a chairman, a vice chairman and seven ordinary members. Board members are appointed by the NWO Governing Board (Algemeen Bestuur) at the recommendation of the ALW Board for a three-year term with the possibility of an additional three-year term. Board members are active in science and enjoy a good international reputation in the relevant research area. Considering the wide range of disciplines covered by ALW, and the large number of interactions with related scientific disciplines, it is essential that board members can and want to look beyond the scientific limits of their own discipline.

Prof. M. Oitzl 

Melly Oitzl is Professor of Cognitive Neurobiology at University of Amsterdam and staff member of the Division of Medical Pharmacology at Leiden University. She specializes on the influence of stress on cognition and emotion and in animal models for psychiatric diseases. Prof. Oitzl originates from Austria and did her PhD in Düsseldorf. She received a NWO Aspasia grant. 

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