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Wendy Aartsen


Since 2010 Scientific Officer/Project Manager for EU projects within the programmes FP6, FP7, IMI and currently supporting applications for Horizon2020. Project manager with a scientific background in Pharmacology, Genetics and Neurobiology.


My experience as scientist, project manager and entrepreneur make me believe that Life Sciences projects/consortia in the current working environment can work efficient and make a big impact, if they function as connected organisations using principles based on Holacracy (Ref 1 & 2). In this type of organisations, collaboration, connecting and reflection are key, next to transparency, openness and trust.


I am trained as a Prince2 project manager but recently added Prince2 Agile project management and Holacracy to my portfolio. The BioBusiness Masterclass offered me a broad base and network to develop not only my own business but also to advice others in their journey as entrepreneur.


I strongly belief that multi-stakeholder collaborations can function to their maximum if the team is well fostered and supported with the right tools to take concrete decisions and to make progress in a fast changing environment.


Communication and collaboration are core disciplines to facilitate the project processes especially for international, multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder consortia. Tools I use include Basecamp®, Business Model Canvas, Collaborative canvas and Strategyzer®, Belbin® and the Perform Model from The One Minute Manager® and still search for new tools to add.


My passion: making public-private partnerships more efficient in delivering results with high societal impact.
My motto: making your project a success involves more than delivering the Description of Work. 


My specialties

Transactional analysis and group dynamics

Effective brainstorming,

Research Proposal Writing,

Consortium Building,
Project Management,
Reporting to European Commission/IMI-JU, 
Facilitation of face-to-face consortium/team meetings to foster collaboration, creativity and decision making,
Dissemination of (research) project results,
Project sustainability and business model development.



  • Certified for Prince2Agile project management
  • Situational Leadership
  • BioBusiness Masterclass
  • Certified for Prince2 project management 
  • PhD Molecular Pharmacology
  • Scientist experienced in Neurobiology, Genetics and Pharmacology




1. Connect! - Menno Lanting

2. Holacracy -  "Like the charge of a parent raising a child, your charge as role filler becomes a sacred duty, a stewarding of another's path in the world - an act of love and of service, not for your own sake, but nonetheless of your own free will." - Brian J. Robertson