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Astronomer Annelotte Derkink of the Anton Pannekoek Institute of the University of Amsterdam has been selected as one of the twelve new Faces of Science. The KNAW (Royal Dutch Association for Science) announced this last week. The Faces of Science are PhD candidates who blog and vlog about their work days.

Portrait of Annelotte Derkink, a blonde young woman in a blue shirt smiling into the camera
Annelotte Derkink

Annelotte Derkink (27) researches how massive stars are formed. Astronomers do know how stars of 8 solar masses or larger end like supernova explosions, but we know far less about how they develop. is a hub that gathers blogs of dozens of scientists who write about their lives as a scientist. The blogs are interesting for everyone interested in science. Also, they help students and high school seniors who need to choose their career paths get a realistic idea of what it's like to work as a scientist.

Other astronomers who wrote for Faces of Science are Jakob van den Eijnden, Jordy Davelaar, Nienke van der Marel en Lucas Ellerbroek.

Faces of science is a project of the KNAW, the Younc Academy and NEMO Kennislink.

The project is financed by Stichting Lira.