Prof. dr. Ben Feringa is professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Groningen. In 1999, he discovered the ‘molecular motor’; light-driven rotating molecules which can deliver drugs to locations in the body that were previously unreachable, by transporting themselves through the blood stream. For this work he received a Nobel Prize in Chemistry last October. He received numerous other prizes, including the Spinoza prize (the most prestigious prize in science in the Netherlands) and the Van ‘t Hoff medal (a Dutch prize which is only awarded every ten years for work in the field of chemistry). In 2008, he was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands. Besides professor, Ben Feringa is vice-president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW). Ben has received an incredible amount of (media) attention since winning the Nobel Prize, so we are incredibly honored to welcome him at our PhD Day. Visit his keynote session to learn more about his road to success!
Dr. Malvina Nissim is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Groningen. Malvina studied Linguistics and obtained her PhD at the University of Pisa. After positions at the University of Edinburgh, the CNR Institute in Rome and the University of Bologna, she found her way to the University of Groningen, where she focuses on computational linguistics and natural language processing. In 2016 she was awarded with the title “University of Groningen Lecturer of the Year” because of her enthusiastic, interactive and energetic way of teaching. The jury was impressed with her thorough and fascinating presentation of a complex subject. Experience her successful way of teaching during the second keynote session!