100% VOLUNTEERS

Science meets Business is an initiative run completely by volunteers, all with an interest in science and business in and around Leiden. They make the cafes, competitions (like SmBPC and Gulliver) and other events and collaborations possible. We'd like to give them the well-deserved recognition:

Active volunteers

Bastiaan Kluft

Bastiaan traverses the gap between science and business on a daily basis with his pharmaceutical startup SeraNovo, but has noticed that this is rarely the case in the BioScience Park. In his years of networking experience he has noticed this gap vanishes mysteriously when including both sides in an event, complemented by a couple of beers.

Board | Cafe | Werfpop

Bastiaan Kluft

Active since

2016

Blandine le Tallec

Blandine is fascinated by both the scientific and business worlds. She studied Biology and Business in Leiden and has been involved with SmB since 2014. Despite a busy working schedule, there is (almost) always time to join the SmB cafe!

Board | Cafe | Alumni

Blandine le Tallec

Active since

2014

Christine Ammon

I was born and raised in South Africa and moved to the Netherlands to pursue my passion for medical biology. My international upbringing has layed the foundation to interact and communicate with people from all walks of life. I have an incredible interest in the scientific field, in which I have obtained experience. I am an open-minded and dedicated individual, willing to rise up to any challenge. My goal is to stay curious and continously explore the field of science to acquire the necessary knowledge that will equip me for a prosperous future.

Christine Ammon

Active since

2021

Coen Breedveld

Coen Breedveld is a science and business enthusiast. He has studied Chemistry in Leiden and is currently developing a diagnostic test to differentiate a viral from a bacterial infection with Levels Diagnostics.

Cafe | SmBPC | Gulliver

Coen Breedveld

Active since

2015

Fleur van Eeden

Fleur van Eeden

Active since

2021

Frédérique de Paus

All over the place, that's how we'd best describe Frédérique. Next to a bachelors in Mathematics, masters in ICT in Business, multiple internships and projects, the one constant since 2013 has been SmB. She enjoys bringing people together and make science exciting for all.

Board | Cafe | Werfpop

Frédérique de Paus

Active since

2013

Lise van Wijk

Creative and independent researcher with 4 years of experience in biomarker assay development in the oncology field. Passionate about project management, student supervision, oral and written scientific communication.

Cafe

Lise van Wijk

Active since

2020

Max Green

Max believes that a business hides in every person. Besides uncovering more of his own business, his favorite thing is supporting others finding theirs.

Cafe

Max Green

Active since

2016

Mikhail Volkov

Researcher with medical background specializing in immunology and rheumatology.

Cafe | Science Quiz

Mikhail Volkov

Active since

2020

Tobias Fecker

Am I a biologist? I studied a BSc and an MSc in Biology, but have always been most passionate about projects that are related to biology but are actually more engineering, computer science or physics.

Tobias Fecker

Active since

2021

Vincent van der Wel

During the day Vincent tries to help patients by producing drugs for rare diseases with his company Patient One. At night Vincent is a real event-organizing-enthusiast, organizing events with multiple organisations. Sinds 2015 Vincent is the chair of SmB, leading both the serious and not so serious activities of the foundation.

Board | Cafe | SmBPC | Gulliver

Vincent van der Wel

Active since

2015

Past volunteers

Joanne Tutein Nolthenius

Joanne Tutein Nolthenius

Cafe | Werfpop

Joined in

2018

Active until

2019

Mia Urem

Mia Urem

Cafe

Joined in

2013

Active until

2018

Lucas van der Meer

Lucas van der Meer

Joined in

2016

Active until

2017

Eline van Zutphen

Eline van Zutphen

SmBPC

Joined in

2016

Active until

2017

Liza de Dreu

Liza de Dreu

Cafe | Gulliver

Joined in

2015

Active until

2016

Caspar Heine

Caspar Heine

Cafe

Joined in

2015

Active until

2015

Joël de Jager

Joël de Jager

Cafe

Joined in

2012

Active until

2014

Anna Litsiou

Anna Litsiou

Cafe

Joined in

2012

Active until

2013

Dennis van der Wiel

Dennis van der Wiel

Cafe

Joined in

2015

Active until

2018

Merel Baks

Merel Baks

Cafe | Alumni

Joined in

2016

Active until

2018

Elena Pimentel

Elena Pimentel

Cafe

Joined in

2016

Active until

2017

Boris Polm

Boris Polm

SmBPC | Alumni

Joined in

2016

Active until

2017

Melissa Pinheiro

Melissa Pinheiro

Cafe

Joined in

2014

Active until

2015

Harmen Jousma

Harmen Jousma

Co-founder

Joined in

2012

Active until

2015

Johanna Seitz

Johanna Seitz

Board

Joined in

2012

Active until

2013

Pieter Voskamp

Pieter Voskamp

Cafe

Joined in

2012

Active until

2013

Jenke Scheen

Jenke Scheen

Cafe | SmBPC | Alumni

Joined in

2016

Active until

2018

Max van 't Hof

Max van 't Hof

Cafe

Joined in

2018

Active until

2018

Laurens Sand

Laurens Sand

Cafe

Joined in

2013

Active until

2017

Oscar Lebbink

Oscar Lebbink

Cafe | SmBPC

Joined in

2016

Active until

2017

Kristina Kremer

Kristina Kremer

Cafe

Joined in

2014

Active until

2015

Christiaan van Gorkum

Christiaan van Gorkum

Founder

Joined in

2012

Active until

2015

Soroush Setodeh

Soroush Setodeh

Cafe

Joined in

2012

Active until

2013

Special thanks to and in remembrance of our founder

Christiaan van Gorkum

On Friday the 30th of October 2015, our teammate Christiaan passed away – far too young – in a canoeing accident. He was the father of Science meets Business, the one who brought us together. He meant a great deal to the (scientific) community and can be proud of everything he has accomplished, bringing people together to inspire one another and to create great things.​​​