Women in Science 2021

Did you know that less than 30% of world’s researchers are women? Christeyns wants to close the gap. Women with a scientific background are not only working in our science related functions as R&D and production, but also in commercial and technical jobs throughout our various locations worldwide. Hilde Dosogne works as Regulatory Affairs Manager at our headquarters in Ghent.

Why did you decide to study science?
Hilde: “I’m interested in biological sciences since I was a little child. I was inspired by a friend of my parents who travelled far away and showed slide reports about the beautiful nature and animals. I wanted to learn how plants grow and how biological systems function.”

What did you study/what degree did you obtain?
Hilde: “I have a degree of bio-engineer and a Ph.D. in Veterinary Sciences. I’m also a European Registered Toxicologist (ERT).”

Why do you like to work in a scientific job?
IHilde: “’m constantly looking for an intellectual challenge. I find it very interesting to get to the bottom of things.”

In what way would you describe your job scientific?
Hilde: “My job is scientific in many aspects. I evaluate the physical and chemical properties of our products. I also organise studies to evaluate the efficacy of our disinfectants against harmful biological organisms such as the coronavirus. On the other hand I also assess the potential harmful effects of our products on humans and the environment, in order to identify the appropriate personal protective equipment or environmental measures. I watch over the safety of our products by regularly checking if they do not contain any “Substances of Very High Concern” which are identified by the European Chemicals Agency ECHA. It is Christeyns’ policy to replace such substances if they would occur.”