Louise E.M. Vet is a professor of Evolutionary Ecology at Wageningen University and since 1999 director of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW). She conducted her PhD in 1984 at the University of Leiden. In 2004 she was elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Vet is an ecologist with a broad interest in ecology and evolution, working on multitrophic interactions. She is internationally well known for her work on parasitoid behaviour and plant-parasitoid interactions. She published some 200 papers in refereed journals (h-index 45). Vet was awarded several international research prizes (e.g. British Rank Prize for Nutrition). Apart from the University of Leiden and Wageningen University she conducted research at the University of Riverside California, Simon Fraser University Vancouver, and University of Toronto. Vet serves on a diversity of national and international boards and committees. Selection: Chair of the Netherlands Ecological Research Network (NERN); member of the Earth and Life Sciences Board (KNAW); Supervisory board of the Netherlands Genomics Initiative; Task Force Life Sciences (NWO); Supervisory Board National Centre for Science and Technology; Board The Circle Economy etc. In addition to her professional interest in high quality ecological research, her outreach focuses on achieving a positive interaction between ecology and economy. She was the driving force behind the new NIOO building, the most sustainable laboratory/office complex in the Netherlands (www.nioo.knaw.nl/en/building). Linked to these building activities Vet stimulates public-private partnerships to encourage new eco-technological developments.