International Conference of Young Scientists 2012


Peter Betlem (senior guide)

Guide of Iran and Korea

I am a second-year chemistry student at Radboud University.
I came in contact with ICYS two years ago, when I was one of the lucky few to participate in the 17th
International Conference of Young Scientists in Bali, Indonesia. From that moment onwards, I knew I wanted to attend another ICYS... and voila: During ICYS2012 I will be one of the team guides.
I am really looking forward to meeting you all in April, as I am sure it will become an amazing experience!

Anneloes Blom

Guide of Hungary

I am a fourth year student chemistry on the Radboud University of Nijmegen. This is the first time I attend to this event and I will be one of the Dutch guides. I am really looking forward to meet you all and I hope you will enjoy your stay in the Netherlands and the beautiful city Nijmegen!

Bernard Smilde

Guide of Lithuania

Hello! My name is Bernard Smilde, I study Medicine in Amsterdam where I live as well. Last year I was at the ICYS as an participant and I liked it so much that I will be returning as a guide this year. I look forward to meeting all of you in Nijmegen!

Floor Osseweijer

Guide of Czech Republic

Currently I study Science, Business & Innovation at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam. Two years ago, I took part in the ICYS with the work ‘The Contraceptive Pill Feminizes Men!?’. We earned silver in the category Life Sciences. ICYS took place in Bali, Indonesia, that year. It was an experience of a life time for me! This year, I hope we can give you the same experience in The Netherlands. I am looking forward to meeting you all!

Floris van Elteren

Guide of Germany

Hey everyone! I went to the ICYS in 2011 as a participant and I had a great time. This year I’ll be a guide for a bunch of you and I’ll try my best to make your stay as awesome as mine was at the time. I’ll briefly tell you something about me. I’m a freshman engineering student at the Eindhoven university of technology. I also row crew in a rowing club. As a hobby I draw and I play guitar, if I have any time left between studying and keeping my social life in the world of the living. I’m also active in an international peace-promoting organization through which I know many people from different parts of the world. That’s the briefest I could be! I’ll see all of you in April!

George Liao

Guide of Taiwan and China

Hi, I’m George and I’m currently in my second year of uni majoring pharmaceutical sciences. I’ll be 20 by the time of the conference. The ICYS is familiar ground to me as I took part myself way back when in Bali (2010); needless to say, the experience was amazing and I’m stoked to be guiding you this time around!

Ilvy van der Hoeven

Guide of Thailand

I am a first year science of languages student at the University of Groningen. Last year I was a participant at the ICYS in Moscow and I had a really great time there. I am looking forward to meet all of you in Nijmegen, the ICYS 2012 will be an amazing experience, no doubt about it!

Jesse Slim

Guide of Poland

Hello there! I am Jesse Slim, currently studying Applied Physics & Mathematics at the Delft University of Technology, 19 years old. I am certain that the ICYS this year will be awesome, and I can tell from experience; in 2010 I participated in the ICYS in Bali, with George. I'm excited about guiding your way through the ICYS and the Netherlands and I'm really looking forward to seeing you in April!

Keti Schalamberidze

Guide of Georgia

My name is Keti Shalamberidze and I come from Georgia. Currently, I'm doing my master degree in Finance and Political Science at the University of Trier in Germany. My hobby is travelling and getting acquainted with the new people and their cultures.
I'm glad to have an opportunity to be the guide for my home country team. I will do my best to make your stay in the Netherlands during the ICYS an unforgettable experience. I wish you all good luck and hope that during the conference you will gain more in-depth knowledge in the field of your study, make friends with the other participants and get more motivated to pursue your future scientific careers. We'll meet in April!

Lisanne Meijaard

Guide of Croatia

Hi everyone! I am a Dutch student of English, but last year I studied Mathematics. In my spare time, I like to read, do mind puzzles, and play video games, or just hang out with my friends. I hope I will be able to guide you as best as possible. If you have any questions, just ask them! This conference is about science, of course, but I also hope that we will have a lot of fun just getting to know each other. See you in April!

Mathijs Betlem

Guide of Romania

My name is Mathijs. I am 17 years old and am currently doing my IGCSE at the Braeburn High School in Nairoibi, Kenya.
I have heard a lot of stories about ICYS, and I am really looking forward to participate in ICYS. See you in April!

Pascal Pieters

Guide of Ukraine

I am a bachelor student in Biomedical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. Last year I participated in the ICYS in Moscow and this year I will be a guide in Nijmegen. I hope everybody will enjoy this year's ICYS as much as I did last year!

Patrick Deenen

Guide of Indonesia

Last year I participated, together with Rob and Floris, at the ICYS 2011 in Moscow. That was an amazing and successful experience and I am very glad to have the opportunity to attend to another ICYS. This time I will be the guide of a country and I really can’t wait to show you the Netherlands, but most important to explore your projects and make lots of friends. Since this year I am studying the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Technology in Eindhoven. I enjoy playing sports, especially football. In my spare time I also like spending time with my friends, visiting parties or just hanging out with other students. I hope I have triggered your interest and I am looking forward to meet you at the ICYS 2012 in Nijmegen.

Rob Tierolff

Guide of Russia

Last year I attended ICYS in Russia as a team member and it was awesome, this year I will be attending as a guide to make sure you have an awesome time as well. Right now I am studying Computer Sciences at the University of Groningen.
Despite my interest in science, I look forward to enjoy the water slides. You should too.

Robin Toorneman

Guide of Malaysia

I'm a first year student 'Innovation Management' (in Life Sciences) at the University of Utrecht. I participated in ICYS 2010, which was held in Indonesia. Taking part in ICYS was an amazing experience, that was not only interesting in a scientific way, but in many other ways; such as encountering different cultures, exploring the beautiful island of Bali and
meeting fellow students from all over the world. This year I will be attending ICYS 2012 as a guide and I will do my best to make your stay in Holland just as pleasant and memorable as my stay in Indonesia two years ago!

Tom Hendriks

Guide of Belarus

I am a second year chemistry student at the Radboud University Nijmegen and I am 19 years old. Besides having fun with friends, my main hobbies have to do with my passion for music, not just listening, but also creating and playing it, both solo and as a singer of a local band.
I have never been connected to ICYS before, so I am as curious and excited about it as you are! I am thrilled to be attending my first ICYS and even more to getting to know you all!

Yvonne van Senten

Guide of Brasil

Hi everybody, my name is Yvonne and I will be a guide during the ICYS. I’m a Health Policy and Management student at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.
I participated at the ICYS in Bali in 2010; an amazing experience! I’m really looking forward meeting you all at the ICYS 2012!

Sander Habets

Guide of Turkey

Hey everyone! I’m a fifth year chemistry student at the Radboud University Nijmegen and just about to obtain my Master’s degree. Before that, however, I will be spending some of my time with you all as one of the guides. I have to admit that I hadn’t heard of ICYS before, but I find the entire concept to be quite intriguing. I’m eager to find out what it’s like, probably not unlike yourselves. I’ll do my best to make your stay in the Netherlands as entertaining and enjoyable as possible. See you in April!

Sebastiaan van Doornik

Guide of Serbia

Hello, I am Sebastiaan, 19 years old, and first year Biomedical student at the Vrije University of Amsterdam. Last year I attended ICYS in Moscow and it was great! So this year it is your opportunity to present the best you know of science and have a wonderful time!