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As young researcher I want to contribute to the development of animal husbandry systems in which animals can express more natural behaviour without comprimising their health. By these means I hope to enhance the animal welfare of our livestock. In 2010 I started my BSc Animal Sciences in Wageningen. During my MSc Animal Sciences (WUR) I specialised in animal welfare and behaviour. For this, I participated in the exchange program Animal Welfare & Behaviour at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala. I conducted my master thesis at the Ethology and Animal Welfare Unit of ETH Zürich on the stress buffering effects of automated cow brushes during isolation of dairy cattle. In 2017 I started my PhD on the implications of cow-calf contact for dairy calf welfare. This research is part of the 'Kansen voor het Kalf in de Keten' project within the public-private research program 1Health4Food.