Meet the lecturers of Dutch Science Talks project. Under their short biographies,
you will find information about upcoming or past lectures.
Sigrid Wertheim-Heck
Dr. Sigrid Wertheim-Heck is a researcher in consumption sociology with a main area of interest in food security (access, safety, diversity and nutrition). She has a master's in history and international relations, a master in Russian and Eurasian Studies and received her PhD in 2015 at Wageningen University with a thesis on Food safety concerns and shopping for daily vegetables in modernizing Vietnam. As of October 2016 Sigrid holds the research chair Food and Healthy Living at Aeres University AS. Her interest in global urban food security issues informs her research program on the relationship between metropolitan development, food provisioning, food consumption and healthy living.
Dr. Sigrid Wertheim-Heck is Director Marketing and Business Development of Fresh Studio and founder of the innovative platform Food Synectics. Sigrid is working in the field of research and policy advice as well as growth strategy and innovation consultancy in particular in Vietnam, Myanmar and Philippines. She is regularly consulted as strategic policy advisor agro-food by different companies, research institutes and governments on issues related to food security in the emerging markets of Southeast Asia. Dr. Sigrid Wertheim-Heck has particular qualifications in consumer and market research on access to sustainable food and on food security.
Sigrid Wertheim-Heck will give a lecture in Russia in December 2019.
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Joris van Wijk
Joris van Wijk is Associate Professor at the Law Faculty's Department of Criminal Law and Criminology at VU Amsterdam. In 2007 he published his PhD research Luanda-Holanda on irregular asylum migration from Angola to the Netherlands. Next to his academic career, Joris has been working for the International Organization for Migration and as an independent policy advisor. He has been a visiting professional at the International Criminal Court (2011) and a visiting scholar at Oslo University (2013) and Melbourne University (2016). Joris conducts research in the programme Empirical and normative studies, directs the master programme International Crimes, Conflict and Criminology and co-directs the Center for International Criminal Justice (CICJ). He supervises the Escaping Justice Project and co-supervises the When Justice is Done Project. His research interests lie at the crossroads of criminology, international criminal justice and (irregular) (asylum) migration. He mainly applies a qualitative mixed methods approach. His main expertise concerns issues related to criminology, international criminal law, human trafficking- and smuggling, asylum, terrorism and temporary migration.
Joris van Wijk will give a lecture in Russia in February 2020.
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Jan Smits
Prof. dr. Jan M. Smits is Professor of European Private Law at Maastricht University and is Dean of the Faculty of Law. Jan Smits publishes, teaches and supervises students in the fields of (Dutch, European and comparative) private law, comparative law, legal theory and 'law and…' approaches. He has a special interest in the foundations of private law, questions of legal harmonisation (in particular in Europe and Asia), jurisprudence, methodology and internationalisation of law.
Jan Smits is a member of the editorial board of the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law and of the Journal of Civil Law Studies. He is on the advisory boards of the SSRN European Private Law Journal, the Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy and the Belgian-Dutch Tijdschrift voor Privaatrecht. Smits is also a honorary editor of the Chonnam National University Law Review (Korea) and of the Biblioteca Estudios de Derecho Civil (Peru).
Jan Smits is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Smits ranks in the top 100 of the SSRN worldwide ranking of top law authors. He is a member of the Ius Commune Research School since its founding in 1996. Apart from his academic activities, Smits is a deputy judge in the Amsterdam Court of Appeal.
Jan Smits will give a lecture in Russia in April 2020.
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Nancy Bocken
Nancy Bocken is an associate professor at TU Delft, Industrial Design Engineering, a professor at Lund University in Sustainable Business Management and Practice, and a fellow at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). She is also an adviser to several organizations (large and small) on sustainable business models. She holds a PhD from the University for Cambridge, Department of Engineering, which was funded by Unilever, and an MSc in International Business (Maastricht School of Business and Economics) and conducted a master's programme in economics and management at the Sorbonne, Paris. As a co-founder and advisor to HOMIE pay per use home appliances, Nancy is responsible for the academic foundation of the company and guiding further research and the strategic direction of future circular and sustainable business experimentation. HOMIE uses the interconnectedness of modern technologies and moves away from the classic product ownership model to new, more sustainable business models. HOMIE focuses on driving sustainable consumption and circular economy transitions. HOMIE is a spin-out from Delft University of Technology. For the EU projects RESCOM and ERN at TU Delft, two collaborative research consortia she was focused on design, supply chains and new business models for a closed loop economy. For project CIRCUIT – a H2020 Marie Curie Innovative Training Network – she has been exploring different aspects, such as sustainable consumption, design and new technology, of new service-driven business models for the Circular Economy.
Nancy Bocken will give a lecture in Russia in 2020.
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Past speakers
Jan Brokken
Jan Brokken has, in a literary career spanning thirty years, written books about a number of exotic and far-off places, including West Africa, the Dutch Caribbean, Indonesia and China, winning acclaim for his adventurous attitude and sensitive style. He gained international fame with The Rainbird, The Blind Passengers, Baltic Souls, In the House of the Poet, The Reprisal and The Cossack Garden. He is renowned as a masterful storyteller. The New York Times praised his book Jungle Rudy on Rudy Truffino, who mapped the Venezuelan jungle, as 'a masterpiece of narrative non-fiction'.
Jan Brokken made a presentation about his latest book "The Righteous" in Russia on 16 Oct 2019.
Derk Loorbach
Derk Loorbach is the director of DRIFT and Professor of Socio-economic Transitions at the Faculty of Social Science, both at Erasmus University Rotterdam. DRIFT (Dutch Research Institute for Transition) is a world-leading institute for research on and for sustainability transitions. The institute conducts interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research to better understand and facilitate new ways of thinking, doing and organizing in contemporary transitions. Derk is one of the founders of the transition management approach as new form of governance for sustainable development. He has over one hundred publications in this area and has been involved as an action researcher in numerous transition processes with government, business, civil society and science. He is a frequently invited keynote speaker in and outside Europe.
Derk Loorbach gave a lecture in Saint-Petersburg on 16 Sep 2019 and in Moscow on 17 Sep 2019, and he also delivered a lecture for Master's students of the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas on 18 Sep 2019.
Daan Roosegaarde
Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde is a creative thinker and maker of social designs which explore the relation between people, technology and space. Roosegaarde has been driven by nature's gifts such as light emitting fireflies and jellyfishes since an early age. His fascination for nature and technology is reflected in his iconic designs such as Smart Highway (roads which charge from sunlight and glow at night), Waterlicht (a virtual flood) and Smog Free Project (the largest outdoor air purifier in the world which makes jewellery from smog). He founded Studio Roosegaarde in 2007, where he works with his team of designers and engineers towards a better future. Together they develop 'Landscapes of the Future' building smart sustainable prototypes for the cities of tomorrow. Roosegaarde is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and named Artist of the Year 2016 in The Netherlands. Roosegaarde has won the London Design Innovation Medal, the INDEX Design Award, the World Technology Award, two Dutch Design Awards, the Charlotte Köhler Award, and China's Most Successful Design Award. He exhibited at the Design Museum in London, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Tate Modern, Tokyo National Museum, Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris, Victoria & Albert Museum and various public spaces in Europe and Asia. Selected by Forbes and Good 100 as a creative change maker, Roosegaarde shares his visionary ideas frequently at conferences across the world such as TED and Design Indaba.
Daan Roosegaarde gave a lecture in Moscow on 09 Sep 2019. You can watch the streaming of the lecture here.
Jaap de Zwaan
Jaap de Zwaan is a Dutch emeritus professor of European Union Law. He started his professional career as a member of the The Hague Bar. Later he worked for a period of 19 years for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague (European Integration Department and Legal Service) and Brussels (Permanent Representation of the Netherlands at the EU). In 1998 Jaap de Zwaan was appointed full time professor of European Union Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Apart from his activities as European law professor, he served his Law School as Vice-Dean for International Affairs and as Dean. In the period mid-2005 until mid-2011 De Zwaan was Director of the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, 'Clingendael', a think tank as well as diplomatic academy. In May 2011 he returned to Erasmus University Rotterdam. In the period mid-2012 until mid-2017 De Zwaan has also been active, on a part-time basis, as Professor European Integration at the The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Until the present day Jaap de Zwaan is still active in various fields related to European Union law and policies.
Jaap de Zwaan gave a lecture in Moscow on the 28 May 2019. The video recording is available on Youtube.
Jorrit Rijpma
Jorrit Rijpma is Associate Professor of European Law at the Europa Institute of Leiden Law School and holds a Jean Monnet Chair on Security and Mobility in Europe (MOSE). Jorrit studied law at the European Law School in Maastricht and the College of Europe in Bruges. He defended his PhD at the European University Institute in Florence on the regulatory framework for the management of the external borders of the European Union. He conducted part of his research at the European border agency (Frontex) in Warsaw. He was a visiting professor at Koç University in Istanbul and Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. Rijpma's research focusses on cooperation in Justice and Home Affairs in Europe, the so-called Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. He looks in particular at the link between security and mobility and the institutional and technological developments in this field. He is also one of the Directors of the Faculty's profile area on Interaction between Legal Systems, responsible for a research project on Maritime Security. Rijpma is a member of the standing committee of experts on international immigration, refugee and criminal law (Meijers Committee). He also acts as deputy judge and external council to a private firm of immigration lawyers.
Jorrit Rijpma gave a lecture in Moscow on the 22 April 2019.
Corné Kocks
Corné Kocks is a lecturer of Smart and Precision Farming at the Aeres University of Applied Sciences and closely cooperates with Wageningen University. His research is focused on precision farming and he is also very active in corporate sectors. Kocks has practical and academic experience in the areas of agriculture, farming and fodder crops. He graduated from the University of Applied Sciences Van Hall Larenstein, which was known as the Rijks Hogere Landbouwschool at the time. Afterwards he studied plant pathology and crop science at Wageningen University. He is an expert on spatially dependent statistics, which informs the subjects of his lectures. In addition to his role as lecturer, Kocks is also the team leader of the Practice Oriented Research team and is responsible for running the Centre of Expertise Open Cultivation.
Corné Kocks gave a lecture in Moscow in on the 20 March 2019 at the Higher School of Economics.
Alfred Pot
Alfred Pot started his career as logistic manager at a machine factory. His second job was as lecturer on logistics, organizational behavior and coaching at the Dronten University of Applied Sciences (DUAS). The context of his job changed in 2014 where he started as project leader on complex research projects on precision farming and on heat innovation. The combination of logistics and precision farming made it possible to become the head of the department of Agro-Technology & Management. Nowadays he combines the outcome of research to develope new curricula, to professionalize his education team and he performs research on logistics.
Alfred gave the lecture on the 21 March 2019 at the Timiryazev Academy in Moscow.
Nick Guldemond
Associate Professor Integrated Care & Technology, Institute of Health Policy & Management of Erasmus University Rotterdam Dr. Guldemond has a background in electric engineering and medicine. He is a key expert on eHealth and integrated care for various international organisations such as WHO Global eHealth Observatory, EU Programmes as European initiative on Healthy and Active Ageing, Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC) Health and KIC Digital, Ambient Assisted Living, Innovative Medicine Initiative and Innovative Medical Device Initiative. He is advisor on eHealth and healthcare transformation for various national/regional eHealth institutes NHS UK, NHS Scotland, Norway, China, Poland, Germany, Belgium as well as multinational companies in Pharma (Roche, Novartis, Genzyme), Medtech (Philips, MEDTRONIC), health IT (Microsoft, Ascom, Ortec, Vodafone) and finance (Rabobank, Natwest, RBS). Dr. Guldemond is on behalf of the Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU) architect of the national eHealth implementation research agenda and health track leader of the big data alliance.
Nick gave the lecture in Moscow at Sechenov University on the 18 March 2019.
Clemens Dirven
Professor and Chair of the department of Neurosurgery Erasmus University Medical Center. After studying medicine in Nijmegen, he trained as a neurosurgeon at the Acadermisch Hospital in Groningen. He also started his research on brain tumors and he obtained his doctorate for a thesis on a benign type of brain tumor that occurs in children. He then worked for 11 years as a neurosurgeon in the VU Medical Center Amsterdam, where he became a professor in the field of brain tumor research. Prof. Dirven is a co-founder and co-director of the Erasmus Brain Tumor Center and a member of the Netherlands Commission of Genetic Modification (COGEM).
In his research he focuses on new therapies for malignant braintumors, viro-immunotherapy and development of braintumor models.
Clemens gave the lecture in Moscow at Sechenov University on the 18 March 2019.
Walter Taal
Walter Taal works as a neurologist at the Neuro-Oncology department of the Erasmus MC Cancer Institute since 2002. This department focuses on diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system caused by cancer or by the treatment of cancer. Special interest of Walter Taal goes to gliomas, spinal metastases and neurofibromatosis type I. Walter Taal is involved in various international (EORTC) studies on the effect of antineoplastic agents in gliomas. He defended his PhD thesis "Chemotherapy in Glioma" on 30 October 2015 in Rotterdam. Furthermore he is a management member of the Dutch Neuro-Oncology Group, participates in the Dutch national neuro-oncology rare tumor group, is the chairman of the Dutch national guideline work group on spinal metastasis and a member of the medical advisory board of the Dutch Neurofibromatosis Association. Walter Taal teaches neurologists (in training), medicine students and nurses in the entire field of neuro-oncology .
Walter gave the lecture in Moscow at Sechenov University on the 18 March 2019.
Kristin Henrard
Kristin Henrard is Professor of Fundamental Rights and Minorities at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam as well as Associate Professor of International and European law. She teaches courses on advanced public international law, international criminal law, human rights, and on minorities and fundamental rights. In 2005-2010 she was member of The Young Academy of the Dutch Academy of Science. Kristin has held visiting fellowships at the Max Planck Institute on Ethnic and Religious Diversity (Göttingen, Germany); the Centre d'Etudes Ethniques des Universités Montréaloises (Québec, Canada) and African Centre for Migration and Society (Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa). Her main publications pertain to the areas of human rights and minorities, ranging from educational rights, linguistic rights, to the prohibition of (racial) discrimination, socio-economic and political participation and religious fundamental rights.
The past few years she has also worked on the intersection of fundamental rights, on the one hand, and social and philosophical approaches to integration (dilemmas), on the other. More recently she is working on 'vulnerability' as marker in human rights monitoring, and also on 'nationality'.
Kristin Henrard gave a lecture in St. Petersburg on the 5th of February and a lecture in Moscow on the 7th February 2019. You can watch the lecture here.
Babora Hola
Barbora Hola works as a Senior Researcher at the The Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) and as an Associate Professor at the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology at VU University of Amsterdam. She has an interdisciplinary focus and studies transitional justice after atrocities, in particular (international) criminal trials, sentencing of international crimes, rehabilitation of war criminals and life after trial at international criminal tribunals.

Besides her research and teaching in the Master's programme International Crimes and Criminology at VU Amsterdam, Barbora is a co-director of the Center for International Criminal Justice, a knowledge center dedicated to interdisciplinary studies of mass atrocity crimes and international criminal justice. On the international level, Barbora is a member of the Africa-Low Countries Network and a board member of the European Society of Criminology Group on Atrocity Crimes and Transitional Justice.

In 2017, Barbora was one of the four candidates who received the prestigious 'WISE' (Women in Science Excel) fellowship from the Dutch Organization for a Scientific Research to develop her research line on empirical studies of international criminal and transitional justice after atrocities.
Barbora Hola gave a lecture in Moscow on 27 November and in St. Petersburg on 29 November.
Robert van Otterdijk
Robert van Otterdijk is a food technologist, graduated in 1985 from the Wageningen Agricultural University in The Netherlands. He worked first in the dutch food industry in quality assurance and r&d, after which he joined the Food & Agriculture Organization of the UN in 1989, on projects on post-harvest technology and food technology in Ghana (West Africa) and Tonga (South Pacific).

In 1995 he joined a SIDA (Sweden) funded field project in Zambia on production, processing and commercialisation of root & tuber crops. When this project was concluded, he returned to the private sector – spices industry, procurement, processing and export of paprika – as a quality assurance manager in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia.

In 2002 he joined the FAO again, this time as the agro-industry officer of the Regional Office for Africa, based in Accra - Ghana. In 2008 he moved to FAO Headquarters in Rome - Italy, and since 2017 he is based in FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia in Budapest - Hungary. His main responsibilities are agro-industrial development and the 'Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction'- Save Food.
Robert van Otterdijk gave the lecture "The reduction of waste during food/feed processing and the re-use of rest products in the agro food sector" in Moscow on 22 November for students of the Timiryazev Academy.
Arnold Tukker
Arnold Tukker is since 1 October 2013 the Professor of Industrial Ecology and Scientific director of the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) at Leiden University for 70% of his time. He retains a 30% position as senior researcher at TNO, a large Dutch not for profit research organisations. Arnold set up prominent EU projects in the field of sustainable product design (SusProNet) and sustainable consumption and production (SCORE!) and was core member of the 10 Million Euro Dutch Knowledge Network on Sustainable System Innovations. He currently co-ordinates a string of major programs of some 15 million Euro with some 20 key European research institutes in the field of resource-efficiency, a.o. constructing world's most ambitious and detailed global energy/resource/economic input-output databases and models (EXIOBASE). He further set up with 6 partner universities an EU Marie Curie Innovative Training Network of 15 PhDs researching the circular economy (Circ€uit). He authored 6 books, about 70 refereed papers and 7 special issues on sustainability research. He has been engaged with work of the UN on the Green Economy Initiative, the Resources Panel, the Ten Year Framework of Programs on Sustainable Consumption and Production, and Sustainable Development Goals.
Jaap A. Wagenaar
Professor Jaap Wagenaar was trained as veterinarian and completed his PhD study at Utrecht University and the USDA-National Animal Diseases Center, Ames, IA, US. In 1996 he started his research group at the Central Veterinary Institute (now: Wageningen Bioveterinary Research) in Lelystad, the Netherlands, on food safety and in particular on Campylobacter.
From 2004-2006 he worked with WHO (Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland, and for the Tsunami-relief operations with WHO Indonesia), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Atlanta, US) and the USDA Western Regional Research Center (Albany, Ca, US). In 2006 he was appointed as chair in Clinical Infectious Diseases at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University. His research group is focussing on Campylobacter and antimicrobial resistance. He is currently coordinator of a large EU-project on antimicrobial resistance (EFFORT).
He is member of the WHO-AGISAR-group (Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance) and WHO-Global Foodborne Infections Network, a global capacity building network. He is member of the scientific panel of the Netherlands Veterinary Medicines Institute (SDa) and involved in the major reduction of antimicrobial use in livestock. He is director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Campylobacter and of the OIE-reference laboratory for Campylobacteriosis, and is acting frequently as expert for WHO, FAO and OIE.
Jaap gave a lecture "Antimicrobial resistance: who should care?" at the Timiryazev Academy on the 23 October. The lecture was only for Timiryazev Academy students.
Marian Stuiver
Dr. Marian Stuiver is senior researcher at Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands. She has ample experience in the social sciences and projects in Europe, Latin America and Africa. She has worked on projects covering a wide range of topics e.g. design, sustainability, water, energy and food. Examples are EU integral projects Mermaid, Maspnose, Building with Nature and Knowledge for Climate in collaboration with partners from UK, Denmark, Greece, Italy and Germany.

She is an internationally recognized expert with experience within international non-governmental organizations (United Nations, Commission on Sustainable Development) as well as academic communities and local governmental projects. She has a proven ability to manage complex, multi-stakeholder projects from definition through to completion. She developed a rich toolkit with methodologies to connect entrepreneurs, organizations and policymakers from different backgrounds and cultures for a common goal.
She holds a PhD in social sciences from Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, the Netherlands, and an MSc in agricultural science from Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, the Netherlands.

She lectures on topics such as resilient cities, nature, economy and society and sustainable entrepreneurship and governance. Wageningen University & Research is a knowledge institution that develops high-quality knowledge in the field of 'healthy food and living environment', together with partners from industry and society.
Film screening and discussion with Marian took place on the 10 October 2018. Photos of the event you can find on our Facebook page.
Nicolaas Schrijver
Dr. Nicolaas Schrijver is Professor of Public International Law, Leiden University. Since September 2017 he also serves on the Council of State of the Netherlands, which is the principal legal advisory body of the government and parliament. Previously, he was the Academic Director of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies as well as a Senator and Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs. Currently, Nicolaas Schrijver also serves as the President of the Institut de Droit international, one of the most renowned institutes in the field of international law. He is a former Chair of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (2000-02) and also served as the President of the International Law Association (2010-12) and President of the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law (2003-11). Furthermore, he is member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, including the former Chair of its Committee on the Pursuit of Academic Freedom . During 2009-2016 he served as independent expert member on the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and from 2005-2010 he served on the UN High-level Panel on the Right to Development. Nicolaas Schrijver is the author of various books and numerous book chapters and scholarly articles in the field of international law, peace and security, international co-operation, human rights and sustainable development.
Nicolaas Schrijver gave a lecture in Moscow at Sakharov Center on the 4 October. This lecture was recorded.
Rudi Westendorp
Professor of geriatric medicine at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at Copenhagen University, Denmark and the director of the interdisciplinary Center of Healthy Ageing, which examines the processes of getting older ranging from cells to society. He was the chair of the department of geriatric medicine at the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands from 2000-2014 and the founding director of the privately funded Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing (2007-2014), which pursues societal innovations to improve the quality of life for older people.
Westendorp has been awarded numerous national and international grants, has published more than 600 scientific articles and has supervised over 50 PhD students of which three have already been appointed full professorships. In 2014 he published the bestseller 'Growing Older Without Feeling Old', which has been translated into nine languages. He has also been endowed with the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Newcastle in the UK (2009) and received a knighthood in the Order of the Netherlands Lion (2014).
Louise Fresco
Fresco is the President of the Executive Board of the Wageningen University & Research Centre in The Netherlands. She combines a long academic career as a professor at Wageningen University and the University of Amsterdam, along with various visiting professorships and extensive involvement in policy and development. She is a member of the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences and four foreign academies, and is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Academy of Sciences of South Africa. She served for nearly 10 years as the Assistant Director General at the Food and Agriculture Organisation at the UN and has spent extensive periods working in Africa, Asia and Latin America. You can follow prof. Fresco on Twitter.
André Kuipers
André Kuipers is a doctor, scientist and astronaut. He was involved in research on the Space Adaptation Syndrome, contact lenses for pilots, vestibular apparatus, blood pressure and cerebral blood flow in both high-acceleration conditions in a human centrifuge and in microgravity conditions in aeroplanes. Kuipers also performed medical examinations on pilots and monitored human centrifuge training and also instructed pilots on the physiological aspects of flying. In 2004 Kuipers went on his first space mission as part of the 9th main expedition. He was assigned as a Flight Engineer for a Soyuz flight to the International Space Station. His second mission was completed along with Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and NASA astronaut Don Pettit. He was launched on 21 December 2011 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. In total Kuipers spent 203 days 15 hours 50 minutes and 36 seconds in space.
Larissa van den Herik
Vice Dean of Leiden Law School and professor of public international law at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University. Professor Van den Herik is the General Editor of the Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law. She also serves as general editor of the Leiden Journal of International Law (former Editor-in-Chief from 2005-2013). She is the chair of the ILA Study Group on UN Sanctions and International Law. She also holds the position of vice-chair of the Advisory Committee on Public International Law Issues to the Netherlands Government and has advised the government in that capacity on drones, cyber warfare, humanitarian assistance and autonomous weapons systems.
Janneke Gerards
Professor of Fundamental Rights Law at Utrecht University at the Institute for Jurisprudence, Constitutional and Administrative Law. She holds a designated chair in Utrecht University's research programme 'Institutions for Open Societies' and is a fellow at the Human Rights School of Research (SIM). Since 2015 she has been a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her activities outside the university include serving as a deputy judge in the Appeals Court of The Hague and as a member of the Human Rights Commission of the Dutch Advisory Council on International Affairs.
The research conducted by Janneke Gerards focuses on fundamental rights, equal treatment under the law, judicial review and comparative public law. The interrelation of the European Convention on Human Rights, EU law and national law plays a central role in her research.
Louise Vet
Director of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO), an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Professor of Evolutionary Ecology at Wageningen University. Vet was awarded several international prizes for her research on plant-insect interactions, delivering basic knowledge for the strategic development of sustainable agro-ecosystems (e.g. British Rank Prize for Nutrition). Vet is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. She published more than 200 papers in international journals.
Tatiana Filatova
Associate Professor at the CSTM department at the University of Twente in the Netherlands and a Member the Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (DJA/KNAW). From 2009 to 2015 Filatova has been working as an economist at the Dutch policy-oriented knowledge institute Deltares.
Her research line focuses on exploring how behavioural changes at micro level may lead to critical transitions (tipping points/regime shifts/non-marginal changes) on macro level in complex adaptive human-environment systems. Filatova studies these processes in application to climate change economics (adaptation and mitigation).
She is particularly interested in the feedbacks between policies and aggregated outcomes of individual stakeholder decisions in the context of spatial and environmental policy-making. The issue of social interactions affecting economic behaviour is highly relevant here. Filatova uses agent-based modelling (ABM) combined with surveys and laboratory experiments.
Daniel Wigboldus
Full professor in social psychology at the Radboud University. From 2009 till September 2013 he was director of the School of Psychology and Artificial Intelligence in Nijmegen. From September 2013 onwards he is Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Radboud University.
His research focuses on person perception in general and stereotyping and prejudice in particular. Among other things, he is interested in how stereotypes are maintained at an interpersonal level through biased language use, how stereotypical expectancies affect spontaneous trait inferences, and how implicit prejudice affects impulsive behaviours. More recently, he has started research on how prejudice and stereotyping affect face processing. Throughout his scientific career Daniel has been interested in innovative research and teaching methods. He believes that besides great ideas also innovative research and good teaching advance science. Finally, he is convinced that the best research is done in collaboration with others.

Pascal Gielen
Pascal Gielen is full professor of sociology of art and cultural politics at the Research Center Arts in Society (Groningen University - the Netherlands) and at the Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts (Antwerp University - Belgium). He is editor in-chief of the international book series Arts in Society.
His research focuses on the institutional context of the arts, creative labour and cultural politics. Gielen has published many books which are translated in English, Korean, Portugees, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.