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PhD students Mimi den Uijl and Noor Abdulhussain of the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences together with junior lecturer Lotte Schreuders of the College of Sciences launched the Instagram account SistersinScience_NL. There has been quite some media attention for this initiative. Now, the three chemists can also be seen on Dutch television in the show Anna’s Brains.

The three Sisters in Science: Lotte Schreuders, Mimi den Uijl and Noor Abdulhussain.

The popular science program Anna's Brains will be broadcasted weekly on NPO3 at 20:25, starting 30 August. In the program, presenter Anna Gimbrere (also an alumna of the UvA Faculty of Science) tackles complicated scientific questions with 'Brains' (experts). Den Uijl, Abdulhussain and Schreuders fulfill the role of three 'Brains'.

They will be featured in the following broadcasts:

  • August 30: Can you live underwater? (Mimi den Uijl)
  • September 6: Can you talk to animals? (Mimi den Uijl)
  • September 27: Can you go to space cheaply? (Lotte Schreuders)
  • October 18: Can you surf on air? (Noor Abdulhussain)

All broadcasts can be viewed online afterwards via NPO Start.

Sisters in Science

The aim of the Sisters is Science is "to provide a peek into the life of a PhD student or junior lecturer at the UvA, and, more importantly, to overcome stereotypes and inspire others". Previously, Mimi den Uijl said about the initiative: "Among the three of us we noticed that when we were younger, we never knew what a being a scientist actually meant. Let alone that he or she would look anything like us. With Sisters in Science we hope to reach anyone interested in what the ‘science world' is all about, to inspire young people to pursue a career in science and to connect with our fellow scientists on the platform."

On 6 september the Sisters in Science will also spreak during the official University of Amsterdam Opening of the Academic Year.