What does it take to reach the top in the world of academia? How do top scientists become the leaders in their field? What drives them to put their energy into research and what do they hope to achieve? Eleven of our top scientists tell their stories: Jan Bouwe van den Berg, Arianna Betti, Dorret Boomsma, Herbert Bos, Rienk van Grondelle, Davide Iannuzzi, Marjo van der Knaap, Lydia Krabbendam, Peter Nijkamp, Piek Vossen and Sarah van Walsum. More information about them and their research is available on this page.