Aletta has a PhD in Biology (2007) and has worked for many years in research management for different scientific disciplines ranging from Linguistics to Physics. She has more than ten years of experience in the field of research innovation and impact.
She has been a consultant and non-scientific coordinator of large collaborative European projects at NEN (2007) and the VU (2010). In 2013 she joined the University of Leiden as Senior advisor research funding and became Director Knowledge Partnering of the TTO in 2015. In this function she managed a team of six advisors that linked research ideas and innovations to (societal) impact by using partnering, business development, grants and entrepreneurship to increase the research income & impact of the university and medical center.
In 2016 she became the Managing Director of a 100 MEuro new Advanced Research Center (ARC CBBC) and helped to build up the center. For this public private partnership of three universities and Shell, AkzoNobel and BASF, she was responsible for coordinating and implementing the strategic plan, managing HR, PR and finances and the setting up of the research and education program of the Center.
Aletta has a special interest in female entrepreneurship and gender balance. She organized and gave a workshop on gender balance at Kyoto University, Japan in 2017, is active in a female entrepreneurship network and is invited as reviewer for the EC in 2018.
In November 2017 Aletta joined the eScience Center as Director Operations.