Maaike van de Kamp Romijn is deputy general director and director of Research & Education at Naturalis Biodiversity Center. She has been working in science and science policy for many years in different scientific disciplines. She has been mainly concerned with building scientific excellence in an open, safe and inspiring environment. She focuses on strategy, academic career development, talent development, public & private partnerships and MSc/BSc education. As deputy general director she is responsible for strengthening the expanding organization of Naturalis.