So, you are an engineer, scientist, and entrepreneur?

Yes, I am! I am Tonke, I have a PhD in Biomechanical Engineering from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), the Netherlands. Diving into a topic to get the most out of it is something I enjoy.

I love supervizing and motivating smart people. That’s exactly what I do with my business Doctor Tonke: offering academic support to scientists and young professionals, content- and process-wise! I help PhD students to become independent and confident researchers by offering academic support.

During my PhD, I supervized MSc & BSc students and interns. Moreover, I followed several courses, such as: “Education on Stage”, “Development of Teaching and Active Learning” and “Delivery of Teaching and Active Learning”. I was involved in teaching several MSc and BSc courses of TU Delft.

My research got published in several peer-reviewed journals. I presented my work at international conferences and got an award for best oral presentation.

About the start of Doctor Tonke

In 2019, during the full lockdown in Spain, I started my business Doctor Tonke with three Digital PhD Groups; support groups for junior scientists. Scary? Yes! But it was also amazing as it showed to me the real need for more academic support.

Doctor Tonke expanded quickly with hosting tailored workshops and Masterclasses, giving PhD Bootcamps on academic skills, and being a moderator at conferences. My clients are private individuals, but also bigger institutes, such as Delft University of Technology, Maastricht University,  University of Twente, and Bursar Society. The very first online course for PhD researchers is up and running as we speak!

You don’t have to be dusty, nerdy and geeky as a scientist


I love change, action and challenges. I have passion for travelling, languages and cultures. In 2012, I cycled from Northern Argentina through Chile to the most Southern city in the world: Ushuaia. Almost 4000 km. Step by step.

In 2018, I bought a typical Andalusian townhouse. I renovated it and named it La Casita Cactus. A wonderful place. The next project is on its way, to make more people enjoy all the perks of Spain.

When you don’t give up, you will get anywhere.


I am always on the move and have many ideas. The good thing is that I turn them into realistic plans and execute them.

I am preparing writing weeks for scientists in Spain. It is going to be fantastic! What about writing full-focus on your paper, grant or thesis? I can’t wait!

Enthousiastic, pragmatic and decisive

Tonke in years

PhD at TU Delft, award for best presentation, several publications
Renovating La Casita Cactus in Spain
Started with Doctor Tonke
6 big clients, happy PhD candidates, ambitions