About ChemistryNL

ChemistryNL is the name of the Top Sector Chemistry and executes the mission-driven topsector and innovation policy (MTIB) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate.

The policy of the 9 Top Sectors in The Netherlands is aimed to create opportunities from global societal challenges in the field of climate, food, health, circularity and safety.

In order to come up with the best solutions the business community, universities, research centers and the government work together on knowledge and innovation. The Top Sector approach is typically Dutch: open, inclusive and inventive.

Within each Top Sector, the parties are united into Top Consortia for Knowledge and Innovation (TKI). The TKIs have drawn up research agendas and objectives for the coming years.


The four members of the Top Team are: Jacqueline Vaessen, Tom van Aken, Bert Weckhuysen and David Pappie. They represent the large business community, knowledge institutions, SMEs and the government within the Top Sector Chemistry. The Board of Directors of ChemistryNL office consists of the members of the Top Team, without David Pappie. In addition, the Top Team has a secretariat.

Strategy board

The Strategy Board consists of the presidents and vice-chairmen of the program councils and representatives from other top sectors. Together they assess proposals from the programme councils for feasibility and consistency with the ambitions of ChemistryNL.

Programme councils

There are four programme councils that are responsible for the substantive implementation of the four main lines in ChemistryNL. They draw up the roadmaps and test research proposals. The chairmen of the programme councils work in Industry, the vice-presidents are working in science.

Chemical conversion, process technology & synthesis
Chemical Sensing & Enabling Technologies
Chemistry of Advanced Materials
Chemistry of Life

Executive office

The ChemistryNL office (TKI Chemie) supports the management and the programme councils of ChemistryNL.

Support programme councils
Maurits Boeije, programme manager Chemistry of Advanced Materials
Eda Bener Aksam, programme manager Chemistry of Life
Merijn Blaakmeer, programme manager Chemical Sensing & Enabling Technologies
Emma Folkertsma, programme manager Chemical Conversion, Process Technology & Synthesis

Topsector themes
Onno de Vreede – Human Capital Agenda
Reinier Grimbergen – International: focus countries EU/ SusChemNL / trilateral strategy ARRRA cluster
Colette Alma – Chair Trilateral Strategy
Marius Weehuizen– International profiling

Staff and Support
Dili Hofland – finance
Jerry van den Broeke and Martine Kors – communication
Mark Broers – project administration
Kirsten Verkaik – assistant

Oscar van den Brink – managing director
Vera Meester – secretary executive office

Annual report:

ChemistryNL Office (from left to right): Vera Meester, Marius Weehuizen, Martine Kors, Oscar van den Brink, Stella Koppel, Jerry van den Broeke, Emma Folkertsma, Mark Broers, Maurits Boeije, Reinier Grimbergen, Onno de Vreede, Kirsten Verkaik.