Staff updates

Tsjalling Swierstra appointed associate member COGEM

Tsjalling Swierstra has been appointed associate member of the Subcommittee Ethics and Societal Aspects of The Netherlands Commission on Genetic Modification (COGEM).

COGEM is an independent scientific advisory body that provides advice to the government on the risks to human health and the environment of the production and use of GMOs, and informs the government of ethical and societal issues linked to genetic modification.

Introducing: Dawid Juraszek

Hello everyone! My name is Dawid and I’m thrilled to have recently joined FASoS as an external PhD candidate.

Under the supervision of professors Lies Wesseling and Louis van den Hengel I will work on cognitive ecocriticism.

I teach literature and other courses at a university in Guangzhou, China and write environmentally aware fiction, non-fiction, and poetry in Polish and English.

Raf De Bont appointed member of the Council of the Humanities (KNAW)

Raf De Bont has been appointed member of the Council of the Humanities (Raad voor Geesteswetenschappen) of the KNAW.

The Council promotes scholarly research in the humanities, works to improve the position of the humanities in general, and facilitates dialogue and knowledge transfer between Dutch and foreign scholars.

Introducing: Saskia van Bergen

Hey there! I’m Saskia van Bergen and as of 1 May I’m joining the Global Studies team as Student Care Officer; a dream coming true!

I’m not new at UM; before starting at FASoS, I worked at FPN as a policy advisor.

I have a positive attitude towards life and love to look on the bright side of things. I love to spend time with my children, partner, friends, and family, go outdoors, host/attend dinner parties, and sing in Vocal Group 2Enjoy.

Harro van Lente appointed member ZonMW societal dynamics panel

Harro van Lente has been appointed as member of one of the three expert panels for the ZonMW/NWO funding programme COVID-19.

The societal dynamics panel, of which Harro will be member, is led by Jet Bussemaker. The panel will work on detailing the call for the funding programme.

Adam Dixon nominated to China in Europe Research Network COST Action

Adam Dixon has been nominated to the management committee of the China in Europe Research Network COST Action as representative for the Netherlands by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.


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Nico Randeraad appointed as SHCL director

Nico Randeraad has been appointed director of the SHCL.

For the past 18 months Nico has been active as interim-director. He is more than happy to continue the directorship, supported by a great staff which also in these difficult times manages to find ways to turn the spotlight on Limburg’s socio-historical heritage.


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Klaartje Peters asked to evaluate emergency law online decision-making

Klaartje Peters, holder of the Special Chair on Local and regional Governance at FASoS, will be member of an evaluation committee of the Dutch emergency law on online decision-making in municipalities and provinces.

The committee was set up by the Dutch Minister of the Interior. The law was prepared in 2 weeks time and passed through parliament last week, and allows local and provincial councils to organise online debate and voting.

Introducing: Karolien Pluijmaekers

Hello everyone! My name is Karolien Pluijmaekers and as of 1 April I’m your new colleague in the Finance team.

I used to work for Fagro, a consultancy firm for financials. After 11.5 years it was time for me to leave Fagro and choose a new journey.


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Bert Kerkhofs retires from FASoS

On 8 April, Bert Kerkhofs’s contract at FASoS and Maastricht University ended and he started enjoying his retirement.

Bert was a UM employee from the very beginning. Bert started 43 years ago as “archiefmedewerker’’ and after a function as research assistant at the department of Education Development, he started at FASoS to provide the staff with IT-support and he worked at FASoS up to now!


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