As Director of the international AESIS Network Anika brings together stakeholders in academia, government, industry and civil society to exchange experiences and best practices on demonstrating and optimising the impact of world-class science on economy, culture and well-being. Besides developing conferences, courses and expert-meetings on several aspects within this spectrum, such as impact assessment, research strategy, science policy and many more, she also frequently performs as speaker on mapping stakeholders in the science impact eco-system and teaching skills for project management and engagement with non-academic players.
Anika received her Research Master’s degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Leiden University, the Netherlands, where she continued working on research projects and teaching programmes for two years. Her project management skills were gained through her work at Médecins du Monde, TEDx and the film industry. With a Musical Theatre degree from AMDA - New York in her back pocket Anika still manages to write and perform whenever she is not busy trying to help increase the utilisation of scientific knowledge and data for the wellbeing of people and the world they live in.
Her motto: “Tomorrow is too late, yesterday is over. Now is exactly the right time!”
Bonita joined AESIS as Lead Project Manager in January 2021, where she is responsible for the co-creation and organisation of core AESIS conferences and courses.
Bonita received her Master’s degree in Social, Health, and Organisational Psychology from Utrecht University, and previously worked as a Trainer at Cardiff University’s Skills Development Service, where she taught soft skills to university students.
Her motto: “Our struggles determine our success.”
Emma den Ouden
Emma is our office and conference manager since January 2021. With a degree in Facility Management and a lot of experience in organizing events you can safely say that organizing has become her second nature. For AESIS she is focussing on making sure the office runs smoothly and on organising all international events.
Her motto: “Wish it, dream it, do it!”
Yeşim joined the AESIS as a Project Manager in August 2021, she is responsible for managing conferences and cores under the supervision of the lead project manager.
Yeşim received her Master’s in Political Science with a specialization in International Politics from Leiden University as an Honor’s student and she has previously worked in several research organizations which allows her to understand and prioritize the importance of societal impact on research.
Her motto: ““Whatever the problem, be part of the solution””
The founder of AESIS. With twenty years of experience at Erasmus University and at Science Alliance, you may state rightly that “knowledge transfer” has become the second nature of Frank. In this period he founded almost ten organisations to structure the exchange of scientific knowledge, including the European leading organization on knowledge transfer, ASTP and the network of knowledge regions Technopolicy. Through his current company, ScienceWorks, he developed several measurement systems in order to measure knowledge transfer (Valorisatieranking) and science based regional development.
His motto: “One discovery may create a thousand new realities”