Josien Steenbergen has extensive experience in fisheries and coastal management projects in the Netherlands as well as international. During her masters she spent 6 months in Laos where she worked for the Mekong River Commission. She worked for two years in the Philippines, where she coordinated a community based project for the recovery of mangroves together with a local NGO. This project involved data-collection, as well as the actual planting of the trees together with the local people. In her current position at IMARES Josien Steenbergen is involved in and project manager of several research projects, dealing with; fisheries impact, discards and gear innovations and Marine Spatial Planning. Josien Steenbergen is an excellent communicator and besides her involvement in research she focuses on good communication between science and the fishing industry. Josien Steenbergen her organizational skills are revealed in the events that she has been organizing throughout the years of her working experience.