The Origins Center is a platform for scientists from seven main disciplines involved in the Dutch National Science Agenda’s key questions on the origin, evolution and future of life on earth and in the universe. The Origins Center is currently represented by Ben Feringa, Louise Vet and Rens Waters, and directed by the Core group (‘D7’), a group of seven representatives of the main disciplines Astronomy, Biophysics, Chemistry, Ecology and Evolution, Mathematics and Computational Science, Molecular Biosciences, and Planetary and Geosciences. The larger Working group constitutes a forum on which major decisions are discussed, and provides connections to the scientific communities, networks and institutes involved in the research. Always feel free to contact any of the members.


Louise Vet
Rens Waters
Ben Feringa
Chemistry, Nobel Laureate 2016

Core group (D7)

Frank Helmich (SRON/UG)
Astronomy, Chair
Gijs Wuite (VU)
Sijbren Otto (UG)
Jacintha Ellers (VU)
Ecology and Evolution
Roeland Merks (CWI)
Mathematics and Computational Science
Matthias Heinemann (UG)
Molecular Biosciences
Inge Loes ten Kate (UU)
Planetary and Geosciences
Jan-Willem Mantel
Origins Center Coordinator

Working group members



Marileen Dogterom (TUD)
Sander Tans (AMOLF/TUD)
Claire Wyman (Erasmus MC)
Kees Storm (TUE)
Wouter Roos (UG)
Gijs Wuite (VU)

Ecology and Evolution

Marcel Visser (NIOO/WUR/UG)
Han Olff (UG)
Franjo Weissing (UG)
Jef Huisman (UvA)
Louise Vet (NIOO/WUR)
Erik Smets (Naturalis)
Jacintha Ellers (VU)

Mathematics and Computational Science

Molecular Biosciences

Planetary and Geosciences

Universities and research institutes