Staff updates

Flora Lysen awarded ASCA best dissertation prize

Flora Lysen was awarded the 2021 Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis (ASCA) best dissertation prize for her doctoral thesis Brainmedia: One Hundred Years of Performing Live Brains, 1920-2020.

The ASCA jury praised Lysen’s “wonderful scholarship” melding cultural theory with STS in a way that opens up a “dizzying array of critical possibilities.”


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Anna Harris elected to Executive Committee of the Global Young Academy

Anna Harris has been elected to the Executive Committee of the Global Young Academy (GYA) from June 2021 until June 2022.

The members of the Executive Committee (EC) will represent the GYA worldwide engaging, for example, with presidents of universities and science academies, government ministers as well as with funding bodies and foundations like the Global Research Council, the Wellcome Trust or the Volkswagen Foundation.


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Introducing: Didier Hounjet

Hi everyone, I’m Didier Hounjet and on 1 June, I started at the Master admissions department of FASoS.

I am 30 years old and before working at FASoS, I worked at the UM Admission department of the SSC.


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Introducing: Elena Gabino

Hi everyone! My name is Elena Gabino, and I am delighted to join FASoS as an external PhD candidate.

I’m a Spanish lawyer currently working at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Madrid. But I have also lived, worked and studied in the US and Portugal.

My thesis will explore what the rise of algorithmic decision making in public policies implies for the promotion and protection of Fundamental Rights.


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Introducing: Afra de Mars

Hello! My name is Afra de Mars and I recently joined the History Department as a PhD candidate.

Last year, I completed my Research Master in Historical Studies in Nijmegen. At UM, I will be working on a project in Mining History, with a focus on the Domaniale Mijn (near Kerkrade).

I look forward to meeting you all!

Introducing: Michel Jaminon

Hello everyone, my name is Michel Jaminon and I will replace Inge Coenen as Controller at FASoS on an interim basis.

I am 32 years old and already work as Controller for the SSC.

I live in Kerkrade with my partner and 2 children, a 1-year old girl and a 2-year old boy. No boring COVID times for our family! 😉

Next to this I play soccer & tennis, but also like to run individually.

Hope to meet you soon!

Harro van Lente appointed as NWO MVI chairman

Harro van Lente has been appointed as chairman of the NWO committee to evaluate proposals in the Responsible Innovation (MVI) programme, targeted at Elektrochemical Conversion and Materials (ECCM).

This spring, he is also member of the NWO VIDI Social Science panel, the NWA-ORC assessment committee and the Social Science panel of the Research Council Norway.

Introducing: Bart Zwegers

Hello everyone. My name is Bart Zwegers and I recently joined the Department of Educational Development and Policy (EDaP).

Between 2009 and 2019 I was a tutor, PhD-candidate and postdoc at FASoS. The last two years I was a lecturer in social and political history at Radboud University Nijmegen. Now, I returned to ‘the old nest’.

I look forward to meeting both old and new colleagues again soon.

Clara Weinhardt wins Young Scholar Award of the ISA DPLST Section

Clara Weinhardt has won the Anthony Deos Young Scholar Award of the Diplomatic Studies Section at this year’s (virtual) International Studies Association annual convention for her work on trade negotiations.

Note to my colleagues: Should you be interested in finding out more about the nomination and selection process for this (and potentially other) prizes at ISA, please get in touch with me! I am happy to share the insights I have.

Akudo McGee heads Dutch branch of think-tank

Akudo McGee will head the think tank 89 Netherlands– the Dutch chapter of the pan-European think tank 89 Initiative.

89 Netherlands will partner closely with Studio Europa Maastricht, Working on Europe, a joint programme created by UM, the City of Maastricht, and the Province of Limburg. Akudo hopes to unite researchers based at UM and elsewhere with Dutch policy-makers and the local community.


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