Beyond the scientist: Merel Ritskes

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Where and when were you born?

I was born in Heeg, 25 February 1960.

Where do you live and with whom?

Living in Malden with my husband Rients Ritskes and our dog Bibi (Cairn terrier).

Who was your role model when you were a kid?

My father I guess.

Why aren’t you doing the same thing now as your role model (or do you?)

Being a manager is doing the same thing. Being a university professor is different, but my dad played an important role in stimulating me to become one.

What is the thing in your (work or other) history that you are most proud of?

My recent public speech 23 April 2016, in which it felt that all the steps in my career fell into place.

What is it that you would like to achieve in work in the next 5 to 10 years?

Achieving ½ N 2Q 4P: that a global goal on 50% Reduction in animal use, doubling quality and quadrippling patient relevance of animal studies will become reality.

For what can we wake you up?

Life quality improvement.

What is your hobby and how good are you at it?

Zen meditation. I can survive very intense meditation weeks. I can only say that thanks to Zen meditation I keep developing and growing, which is very rewarding indeed. Another hobby is attending pilgrimages, walking in silence in groups from temple to temple (see picture).

What is your biggest irritation?

Injustice and political games where only personal selfish interests rule the game.

Who would you like to invite for dinner, if you had the chance? 

Sir Iain Chalmers, a very wise man who practises the scientific process how it is meant to be.

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