SCIENTIFIC LECTURES FOR EVERYONE
SCIENTIFIC LECTURES FOR EVERYONE
Speakers
Meet the lecturers of Dutch Science Talks project. Under the short biography you will find a link either to an upcoming lecture, or to the video of the already passed lecture.
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.

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