Advocating young science talent through funding

Oncode Institute, the virtual institute for cancer research, has selected seven female scientists for its Female Junior Investigator programme. Each researcher will receive €150,000 per year for a period of four years so they can dedicate time and energy to groundbreaking research. According to Oncode, the seven laureates were selected from 56 applicants, based on their track record, research focus and potential to contribute to the institute’s mission. The new researchers will join Oncode Institute on 1 January 2019.


Dutch institute Oncode is championing diversity in science

Oncode is an independent oncological research institute that brings together the work of the Netherlands’ leading researchers. How Oncode operates is a new model for science: it works as a virtual institute, creating a digital platform for collaboration and debate between top researchers and leading public and private partners. Geert Kops, Oncode’s scientific director, says: “Since our launch earlier this year, we have been working on expanding our community in terms of scientific and technological expertise, as well as diversity.” The latter likely is the reason for the new programme, as science, including medical science, is still dominated by men, particularly in senior functions. While there are plenty of young female researchers, few take the step to becoming senior researchers.

Life sciences are flourishing in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is a leading force in the life sciences and health sector, with different regions cooperating and constantly striving to connect corporates, universities and research institutes in the sector. The Amsterdam Area is home to academic hospitals, two respected universities and many specialised research institutes, including the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI), as well as the Amsterdam Science Park – one of Europe’s largest concentrations of high-level scientific education and research.