Wessel Hieselaar (contactperson NWA)
What is your expertise and background?
After a Bachelor’s in artificial intelligence and a Master’s in cognitive neuroscience, I now work for quite some time as policy officer at NWO. There am I, in the life science team of the ENW domain, involved in several programmes, such as the Open Competition, Veni, Communication Initiative Award, and also as contact person for NeurolabNL.
What do you like about NeurolabNL?
Neuroscience in general is fascinating, and immensely broad. I enjoy the interdisciplinary collaboration that is necessary to obtain insight into the brain, and the interaction with societal partners to actually do something with it. It is a field where applications are possible in many areas, and NeurolabNL encourages all these kinds of collaborations. As route contact person, I can contribute to this with great pleasure.
What are your ambitions for NeurolabNL – what do you hope to achieve in the next 3 years and the next 10 years?
I am impressed with the autonomy and enthousiasm with which NeurolabNL already functions. There is a large, lively network of young and senior scientists and societal partners. I hope that NeurolabNL and its network will continue to develop into a platform for interaction between scientists who are engaged in all aspects of the brain; into a place where you can transfer from exact science to social and vice versa, and to applications.
A nice fact about Wessel
In Nijmegen I played Bossaball for a while, a mix of volleyball, soccer, and gymnastics, and that on a large moon bounce with a trampoline in the middle.