Catherine Verfaillie is professor of Medicine at University of Minnesota's Stem Cell Institute, USA, of which she was the director from 1999 to 2006. A keen athlete, Catherine Verfaillie initially considered a career in sports, but diverted to medical school in the KULeuven in 1976, after what she specialised in internal medicine, more specifically in hematology. Now, her research focuses on transplantation of bone marrow, and on blood stem cells.
Véronique Dehant is Head of Section "Time, Earth Rotation, and Space Geodesy" at the Royal Observatory of Belgium. She is also an Extraordinary Professor in Unviersité catholique de Louvain, and Part time lecturer at Université de Liège and Université de Nantes. Her main research interests are geodesy and geophysics, with a specific interest in rotation, interior modelling of the Earth, Mars and Mercury, and gravity studies of Mars, Venus, and Mercury.
Senator Temmerman is an obstetrician-gynaecologist by training, with a MPH, PhD in HIV and Reproductive Health, and over 30 years of experience in sexual and reproductive health worldwide. She has extensive field experience with over 5 years in Kenya, and shorter periods in other countries. She is also a Professor of Gynaecology and Obstetrics and Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Ghent University. Read about the work of International Center for Reproductive Health.
Professor Wilfrieda Decraemer is a biologist who spent her career studying nematodes, in marine and terrstrial environments. She studied in Ghent University, and worked in the Royal Belgian Institutes of Natural Sciences and Ghent University. She has received several international awards for her work throughout her career. She was always an advocate for the representation of women in sciences and was a founding member of BeWise. She has been Bewise's treasurer until 2009.