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Ilse Oosterlaken

All-rounder in academia

Research websites | Science communication | Academic support

Research websites
Science communication
Academic Support

As freelancer-with-doctoral-degree I offer all-round services to researchers and universities. Are you looking for somebody who know the world of academic research & higher education well, can serve as a sparring partner, has strong organization and communication skills, and who can take care of things on your behalf? I’d be happy to further advance your project or or initiative!

Services offered to academia

I am among others available to support you in the following areas – as freelancer and sometimes also based on a part-time fixed term contract:

Program development

Project management & coordination

Grant applications, reports & white papers


Writing & editing (for web or print)

Development WordPress Websites

(Visual) content creation & management


Questions? Happy to answer them!

Wat Others Say about Me (on LinkedIn) 

Data visualisations & infographic for the 'Clean Shipping Project' (2021)

Ilse produced […] a set of data visualisations and a great infographic on biohubs for our clean shipping project. […] Her probing questions throughout the process not only created results we are happy with, but also made the process valuable in its own right. We enjoyed very much working with her and I highly recommend using her for your own visuals!

Patricia Osseweijer
Professor of Biotechnology & Society

Coordination pilot phase FRR Quality Mark Responsible Robotics (2020)


Ilse did a fantastic job as project manager […] I was especially pleased with the structure and content that she provided for the final report on the pilot phase. Her understanding of ethics of technology in combination with her analytical and writing skills led to a report that will assist us greatly in moving forward with our initiative.”

Aimee van Wynsberghe
Co-founder & director, Foundation for Responsible Robotics

Content Management for Delft Design for Values Institute (2017-2020)


“After we had a website built for the Delft Design for Values Institute, Ilse came in the picture to develop and manage its content. She is doing an excellent job, I’m receiving very positive feedback on our site from various stakeholders.”

Jeroen van den Hoven
Wetenschappelijk Directeur
Delft Design for Values Institute

Development project narrative responsibled innovation & ‘corporate accountability 3.0’ (2017-2018)


“By integrating recent literature on this subject, Ilse has made an invaluable contribution to the development of the Mindprint concept of Corporate Accountability 3.0. Her analytical and writing skills have also been instrumental in arriving at the MindPrint narrative […]. I enjoyed working together with Ilse – our creative cooperation has led to many new ideas!”

Fred Gertsen
Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge
The University of Chicago

Coordination start-up phase JS Mill College & PPE Bachelor (2015-2016):


“Ilse has been indispensable for the organization around and the implementation of the new bachelor program Philosophy, Politics & Economics, because of her excellent organizational skills, her eye for detail, and her extensive and broad substantive knowledge. On top of that, she is also very pleasant to work with.”

Barbara Vis
Professor in Political Decision Making
Faculty of Social Sciences
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Coordination start-up phase Dutch Research School of Philosophy (2013-2014):


“Ilse has worked for me as assistant director of the Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) […] She is quite exceptional in her way of combining a very independent and pro-active attitude with a perfect intuition of the moment when, either because more input is needed, or for reasons of transparency, the time has come to discuss things with others, or to inform other parties.”

Han van Ruler
Professor in Philosophy and Intellectual History
Faculty of Philosophy
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Organisation of international conference Human Development & Capability Association (2011):


“Ilse did an exceptional job as the organizer of the 2011 HDCA annual conference in The Hague. […] As the HDCA’s Administrator, I know that this view is shared by others within the association. The structure and processes that Ilse put in place have served as a model for subsequent conference organizers.”

– Kathy Rosenblum
HDCA Administrator
Brewster, MA

Doctoral research project (2009-2012):


“Ilse managed to conclude her PhD thesis in three rather than four years, with the highest distinction. She is not only extremely well-organized, but also highly original and innovative.

Tsjalling Swierstra
Professor of Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Maastricht University

Selection of Employers & Clients

Universiteit Twente
Wageningen University
Tu Delft
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
TU Eindhoven