Research communities

Life2022 hosts 5 tracks. The tracks address the theme ‘Resilience’ at different scale levels. The tracks are similarly structured as and therefore named after the 5 research communities that have been set up since Life2019.

Membership research communities


Do you, as a researcher, want to provide input about important themes in life sciences research? As a member of a research community you help to chart the current research field and provide input about the development of the life sciences. Furthermore, membership gives you the opportunity to expand your network and come into contact with life scientists from other disciplines.
You can register for membership of one or two research communities that are relevant to your area of expertise here.

Sector portrait Biology


On 17 December 2020, the sector portraits for Earth and Environmental Sciences, Astronomy, Biology and Pharmaceutical Sciences were presented to the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The four sector portraits demonstrate the need to invest in the basis of these sectors so that they can continue to remain at the forefront of knowledge and the Netherlands can significantly contribute to the major societal and scientific challenges.

Life Sciences in the Netherlands, the next step


The online “Life Sciences in the Netherlands, the next step” event on 13 November 2020 was organised for members of the NWO life science research communities to present the sector portrait and discuss its impact on the life science field. The meeting started with a plenary session that addressed the sector portraits as well as international collaboration at the European level. The meeting continued with break-outs for the different research communities. Despite some technical difficulties with transitioning to the break-outs there was ample room for fruitful discussions. The discussions yielded insightful suggestions on how to continue building the research communities and we will continue our efforts in this regard.

A video summary of the plenary part of the program: