Dr Nicole M. van Dam is a full professor at the FSU Jena and research group leader at the German Centre for integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig. She has a degree in Biology of Wageningen University (1990) and a PhD degree (1995) in Natural Sciences of Leiden University, the Netherlands. After postdoctoral research stays at the Department of Entomology at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), USA (1995-1997) and the Max-Planck-Institute of Chemical Ecology (MPI-CE) in Jena, Germany (1997-2000), she became senior researcher at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW; 2000-2009). In 2002, she obtained a personal VIDI grant of the Netherlands Science Foundation (NWO), which allowed her to establish her own research line on aboveground-belowground interactions via herbivore-induced responses. In 2010, she became full professor in Ecogenomics at the Radboud University, Nijmegen, NL. In 2014 she moved to Leipzig to establish a new research group ‘Molecular Interaction Ecology’ at iDiv. Her research focuses on the chemical and molecular mechanisms underlying plant-herbivore interactions. Amongst others, she is member of the speaker board (executive committee) and science strategy board at iDiv, as well as council member at the faculty of Biological Sciences, FSU Jena. She also is member of the Spinoza Price committee in the Netherlands, and the scientific external advisory board of the Subtropical and Mediterranean Horticulture Institute (IHSM), Málaga, Spain. Currently, she has published over 120 papers, H-index Scopus: 49; H-index on Google scholar is: 57 with > 9800 citations. She is editor at Journal of Ecology and Journal of Chemical Ecology and mentors two early career female scientists.