Evolutionary biologist Aniek Ivens has a passion for all things cooperation and communication: in nature and in everyday life. Aniek studied biology, ecology and evolution in Wageningen, Groningen and Copenhagen. In 2012 she received her PhD from the University of Groningen. She then continued her research on the evolution of cooperation at the medical Rockefeller University in New York. She is a recipient of the Pieter Langerhuizen Stipendium as well as the Niels Stensen, NWO Rubicon and EU Marie Curie Fellowships. She is also a former member of the Dutch National ThinkTank.
Aniek is an experienced improv actress and – coach. In her workshop programme Academic Improv she trains fellow-scientists as well as other professionals in (science) communication using techniques adopted from improvisational theatre.