For her scientific work, APH researcher prof. dr. Daniëlle Timmermans from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has been awarded the Maria-Sibylla-Merian-Fellowship of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR). As part of a two-month stay at the BfR, she will develop a joint research project on risk communication and strengthen cooperation with the scientists of the BfR, the VU and the RIVM. With the Fellowship, BfR honors people who have distinguished themselves through their exceptional scientific achievements. "We look forward to working with Daniëlle Timmermans, who has made a name in research on dealing with risks and uncertainties," says BfR President Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel. "With the scholarship, the Federal Institute strengthens its international networking and expertise in the field of risk communication."
With this naming, the BfR honors the naturalist and artist Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717), who was distinguished by an extraordinary pioneering spirit in life sciences research at the turn of the 18th century. Merian's independent services are a model for the work of the BfR in the field of consumer health protection.