On 27 April, the International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV) presented the ‘Special Achievement Award’ to Marca Wauben, Professor of Intercellular Communication. This ceremony took place at the annual ISEV conference in Kyoto, Japan, which had over 1,100 attendees.
Marca received this special award for making an excellent scientific contribution to the field of Extracellular Vesicles (EV) and for increasing the impact of ISEV. She has been engaged in ISEV since its inception. Marca was elected a member of the first ISEV board in 2012 and was involved in the creation of The Journal of Extracellular Vesicles. As the first 'Chair Science', she was responsible for drawing up the structure of the annual ISEV conference and ISEV workshops all over the world, which have led to very valuable ISEV position papers. Marca helps to stimulate the development of transnational EV networks across the globe as ISEV's Secretary-General. Her research has made an important contribution to the use of flow cytometry in EV analysis.
Upon presentation of the award, Marca was named a source of inspiration and celebrated for her tireless dedication to ISEV as well as the EV field. Not only has she made valuable contributions to the ISEV community, but she also helped to realise the creation of a national Dutch society (NLSEV) in 2018.