Prof. Lutgarde Buydens was decorated as “Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw” (Knight in the Order of the Lion of the Netherlands) on 26 April 2017. Lutgarde received the decoration from the Mayor of Nijmegen, where she is Dean of the Faculty of Science of Radboud University. The decoration is used to recognize merits in the arts, science, sport and literature.
Lutgarde is an international expert in the field of chemometrics. She has been an innovator in the field for more than 25 years, improving, for example, methodologies for non-invasive detection of brain tumors. As principal investigator, she has been participating in over 35 national and international research projects. Lutgarde has been a founding board member of COAST, and is currently treasurer.