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11 February 2021

At present only 30% of researchers worldwide are women, according to data from UNESCO. In order to draw more attention to women and girls in science, International Day of Women and Girls in Science is celebrated every year on 11 February. We would like to introduce 4 of our female scientists to you, with the goal of inspiring more women and girls to follow in their footsteps.

Laurie Hermans
Laurie Hermans

Laurie Hermans, Social scientist

As a social scientist – a cultural anthropologist, to be precise – Laurie Hermans is outnumbered at TNO. Even so, she feels right at home here.

Meet Laurie Hermans

Mirjam Nelisse
Mirjam Nelisse

Mirjam Nelisse, research scientist

If you want to analyse the safety risks and reliability of infrastructure, go to research scientist Mirjam Nelisse. As strange as it may sound, 100% safe infrastructure is not the aim.

Meet Mirjam Nelisse

Sayeda Nowrozon Nahar
Sayeda Nowrozon Nahar

Sayeda Nowrozon Nahar, chemical engineer

The passion of chemical engineer Sayeda Nowrozon Nahar is asphalt, sustainable asphalt to be precise. Wouldn't it be great if we could soon drive on roads made of bio-asphalt throughout the Netherlands?

Meet Sayeda Nowrozon Nahar

Romée Kars
Romée Kars

Romée Kars, Geologist

Romée Kars and her fellow researchers from the Geological Survey of the Netherlands use geomodelling to map the Dutch subsurface. This is inspiring work, because what is more interesting than the earth, the basis of everything?

Meet Romée Kars

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How existing homes are given energy label A++++

28 December 2022

Existing houses have to become more energy efficient. TNO and partners came up with an innovative solution that also uses the exterior walls of homes to extract heat from solar radiation.

Quantifying plastic quality for a circular economy

22 December 2022

The gamechanger in plastic recycling: TNO has developed a model for better plastic recycling: the Quality Model for Recycled Plastic.

National security in the Netherlands: 5 themes in focus


TNO is an expert in security research and brings together technology and innovation to ensure a safe and secure Netherlands.

Group Care for pregnant women: A game changer for maternal and child care

20 December 2022

Approximately 800 women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Group care breaks the vicious circle of poor quality and inadequate utilization of services by offering care that addresses health holistically. It also focuses on health promotion and information and meets the needs of the end users. TNO and partners co-create strategies, learn implementation lessons and build ecosystems for learning and adaptation to bring group care to scale in seven countries.

Peter Werkhoven steps down as member of the Executive Board

19 December 2022

Prof. Peter Werkhoven will step down as member of the Executive Board on 1 January 2023. He is making this move of his own volition and for personal reasons. Peter will stay on as Scientific Advisor to the Board for a few days per week. In addition, Peter has worked and will continue to work as a professor at Utrecht University one day a week.

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