Vici grants for three Rotterdam scientists

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Three researchers from Erasmus University Rotterdam and Erasmus MC will receive a prestigious Vici grant from NWO: Prof Renske Keizer, Prof Aurélie Lemmens and Dr Wendy van de Sande. The funding of up to 1.5 million euros will enable them to develop an innovative line of research and expand their own research group over the next five years.

Renske Keizer
Floris Rietveld

Prof Renske Keizer - Erasmus School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Does parenting perpetuate social inequality: It’s about time!

Social inequality between children is growing. We know that differences in parenting behavior perpetuate this inequality, but we still know very little about why. In this project, researchers study how fathers and mothers deal with unexpected events, in order to discover new mechanisms associated with differences in how people can control time. To answer the research questions, a 100-day diary study will be conducted among 200 parents in Rotterdam. These data will be linked to longitudinal data on the development of their children and supplemented with in-depth interviews.

Read more about the Renske Keizer's research

Aurelie Lemmens

Prof Aurélie Lemmens – Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

Unveiling Fairness: Enhancing Ethical AI through a Holistic Framework 

As AI increasingly takes on tasks that previously required humans, concerns about biases in algorithms have grown. Scandals involving discriminatory algorithms are frequent, including in the Netherlands, where the public has recently witnessed the Dutch childcare benefits scandal. This research project introduces a novel methodological framework to balance the complex accuracy-fairness trade-off and actively prevent biases at every stage of the process where algorithms are used. The approach can be used with many definitions of fairness and, as such, is suitable for a variety of public and private domains.

Wendy van de Sande

Dr Wendy van de Sande – Erasmus MC

Finding novel routes to penetrate the mycetoma grain (PENEGRAIN)

The tropical disease mycetoma can be caused by bacteria or fungi. Characteristic of this disease is the formation of a shield by the pathogens which protect them against drugs. This makes this disease untreatable. PENEGRAIN is an open science project in which scientists and laymen will collaborate to open up this shield. We will create novel models which we will use to determine how this shield is created and which drugs and carriers can penetrate. This research will lead to novel drugs which can be used not only for mycetoma but also for other difficult to treat infections.

NWO Talent Scheme
NWO’s Talent Scheme consists of the Vici, Veni and Vidi grants. The Vici grant targets senior researchers who have successfully demonstrated the ability to develop their own innovative lines of research. In doing so, they have also supervised young researchers. Researchers who receive a Vici grant have the opportunity to further develop their research group, often in anticipation of a tenured professorship, if they do not already have one.

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Vici grant for microbiologist Wendy van de Sande (in Dutch)

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