Staff updates

Giselle Bosse new Programme Director Research Master European Studies

From 1 January 2018, Giselle Bosse is (sole) Programme Director of the Research Master European Studies (MScES). Thomas Conzelmann, the previous co-director of the programme, has joined the Faculty Board as Associate Dean for Research.The MSc ES is a 2-year programme which offers tailored training for careers that require specialist knowledge and advanced research and communication skills to work in international, multidisciplinary environments.

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Introducing: Yannis Fotopoulos

I am Yannis Fotopoulos, a PhD student in the department of Philosophy and History of Science at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), Greece. I graduated from the European (ESST) programme in Sociology of Science and Technology (MA) and from the Philosophy and History of Science and Technology (M.Sc.) of NKUA. My research project is ‘Critical Technological Networks in Greece, from 1950s to the present days’.

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Introducing: Kostas Vattes

Kostas Vattes is a PhD student that has been appointed to FASoS through an Erasmus programme. His doctoral research is about the transformation of tourism towards sustainability, placing the emphasis on the appropriate technological transition. It relies on perspectives from STS and Sustainable Transitions Studies. His stay in Maastricht will help him to enrich his thesis and take the necessary feedback.

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Different position for Ien van de Leur

After working for UM and FASoS for 30 years, Ien van de Leur will, on her own request,  step down as head of the Office of Student Affairs as of 1 September 2018. Ien will continue to work for the faculty in a part-time position for another two years before her retirement. Her tasks still have to be determined but will be driven by the needs of the faculty and determined by the faculty board in consultation with Ien.

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Alexandra Supper new assistant Programme Director BA Arts & Culture

As of 1 January 2018, Alexandra Supper succeeds Constance Sommerey as the Assistant Programme Director of the BA Arts and Culture. Constance found a new job as the UM’s Diversity Officer. We would like to thank her for the excellent work she did for the BA in the past two year! Alexandra and Anique can be reached at

BA ES thanks Michael Geary

On Tuesday 5 December Arjan Schakel, Assistant Programme Director, thanked Michael Geary for his many years of service for the Bachelor European Studies. Michael has coordinated and tutored in several courses and, through his membership of the programme committee, also provided valuable advice and feedback to the programme.

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24 (former) colleagues receive UTQ certificate

On Wednesday 29 November, 12 colleagues received their certificate for the successful completion of the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). Unfortunately, 12 other (former) colleagues could not attend the ceremony. Congratulations to everyone!

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Dr Bosse invited to prepare policy study for EU Parliament Subcommittee

The European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights has invited Dr Bosse to prepare a policy study on ‘Human Rights in Belarus: The EU’s Role since 2016’. The study will look at EU’s human rights policy and its impact on the situation of human rights defenders, opposition activists and civil society organisations. The study will help the European Parliament to form its position on the future orientation of EU’s engagement with Belarus.

Five FASoS employees celebrate 25th and 40th jubilees at UM

This year, Sabine Kuipers, Bernard Rulof, Harry Oosterhuis and Heleen Pott will celebrate their 25 years of service at FASoS. On 1 November, Bert Kerkhofs, who started to work for Maastricht University in 1977, celebrated his 40th jubilee at FASoS. The Executive Board invites all UM jubilees for a special celebration on Monday 13 November.

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Marieke Kuipers knighted in the Order of Orange Nassau

Prof. Marieke Kuipers, former professor of Cultural Heritage at FASoS (January 2000–October 2008), has been knighted in the Order of Orange Nassau for her scientific efforts and her contributions to cultural heritage and the architecture of the 20th century. Marieke is currently professor of Cultural Heritage at TU Delft.

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