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.
Nico Schrijver
Nico Schrijver is parttime Professor of Public International Law at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University. During 2005-2017 he was the Academic Director of the Grotius Centre and Head of the Department. Since 1 September 2017 Nico also serves as State Councillor, Division of Legislation, in the Council of State of the Netherlands. From June 2011 till September 2017 he was a member of the Senate of the Dutch house of parliament. In the Senate he served as the chairperson of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Developent Co-operation, the vice-chair of the Senate Committee on European Affairs and leader of the Dutch delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europa.
Schrijver is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, member of the Institut de Droit International since 2007 and its president during 2017-2019, and member of the Curatorium of The Hague Academy of International Law (since 2016). During 2010-2012 he served as the president of the worldwide International Law Association and during 2008-2016 he was a member and vice-chair of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
Professor Schrijver has ample experience as legal counsel in international litigation and appeared before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and specialized tribunals on international investment disputes. He also serves frequently as an expert in such proceedings.
Nico Schrijver will give a lecture in Moscow at Sakharov Center on the 4 October.
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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.
Arnold Tukker will give a lecture in Moscow on the 22 October at Faculty of Economics of the Moscow State University and on the 24 October at the Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University
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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 will give a lecture in Russia coming fall, the exact date will be announced later. Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter to receive information about lecture.
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 will give a lecture in Russia coming fall, the exact date will be announced later. Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter (below) to receive information about lecture.
Jorrit Rijpma
Jorrit Rijpma is Associate Professor of European Law at the Europa Institute of Leiden Law Schooland 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 will give a lecture in Russia coming winter, the exact date will be announced later. Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter (below) to receive information about lecture.
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 will give a lecture in Russia this winter, the exact date will be announced later. Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter (below) to receive information about 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.