The speakers

Prof. dr. Huib Pols, Rector Magnificus Erasmus University Rotterdam
Huib PolsProf. Dr. Huibert Pols studied Medicine in Rotterdam and graduated in 1988. Ten years later he became a Professor of Internal Medicine and head of the Department in 2000. Pols was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Erasmus MC (2006 – 2013). As Rector Magnificus he will especially focus on education and research, students and science education (since November 2013).

Drs. Carl Schwarz
Carl SchwarzCarl Schwarz was trained as a physicist at Utrecht University. After his studies he started working in various publishing roles within Elsevier since 1988. During this period he has seen how electronic publishing changed the nature of scientific communication. As publisher he has started new journals and pioneered with small scale electronic innovations many of which were later rolled out in the main Elsevier electronic offerings. As director of International Publishing Development he led the publishing efforts of Elsevier to support and collaborate with scientists from scientifically emerging nations. In his current role as Publishing Director in Health and Medical Sciences, he is responsible for a portfolio of 80 journals across a number of disciplines like Cardiology, Gastroenterology and Nutrition.

Prof. dr. Willem Schinkel
Willem SchinkelWillem Schinkel is Professor of Social Theory at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is also a member of The Young Academy of the KNAW, where he is board member on the issue of science policy. His work is interdisciplinary, crossing sociology, philosophy, anthropology, STS and cultural studies. His interests range from social theory and political philosophy to climate change and contemporary love, and from the sociology of art to citizenship. After completing his dissertation on violence with honours, he worked on a VENI grant from NWO on an international comparative project on citizenship and state transformation. Currently, he works as Principal Investigator on an ERC Starting Researcher project called ‘Monitoring Modernity’, which analyzes monitoring infrastructures in the fields of climate change, financial markets and migration. He is in strong favor of a public social science that contributes to social and political orientation in the world.

Prof. dr. Pearl Dykstra
Pearl DykstraPearl Dykstra was appointed chair of empirical sociology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2009. Previously, she had a chair in Kinship Demography at Utrecht University and was a senior scientist at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) in The Hague. She is an internationally regarded specialist on intergenerational solidarity, aging societies, family change, aging and the life course, and  loneliness. She leads the Netherlands Kinship Panel Study, the Dutch participant in the Generations and Gender Programme. She is Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).


Dr. Arfan Ikram
MA_Ikram_resize M. Arfan Ikram, MD PhD is associate professor in Neuroepidemiology at the Erasmus MC. He is PI of Neuroepidemiology of the Rotterdam Study and joint PI of the Rotterdam Study. He has received funding from ZonMW, Netherlands Heart Foundation, International Parkinson Foundation, ISAO, and Dutch Brain Foundation. For his research he has received the Stefan Hoogendijk Prize from the Bataafsch Genootschap der Proefondervindelijke Wijsbegeerte and the Research Prize from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Dr. Ikram serves as editorial board member for Neuroepidemiology. He has published over 140 peer-reviewed papers and is currently supervising 10 PhD students.

Dr. Thed van Leeuwen
Thed van LeeuwenThed van Leeuwen is Senior Researcher at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of Leiden University. He has a Master of Science degree in Political Sciences, University of Amsterdam. He works at CWTS from February 1989 onwards. He finished his PhD in Quantitative Science Studies in 2004 at Leiden University. He has been the coordinator for research performance studies within the business unit of CWTS for many years. Currently, while still involved in bibliometric evaluation projects, Thed is leader of the working group on the development of indicators for the research assessment of social sciences, humanities, and law (WISSH), and participates in the working group EPIC which analyzes research practices in context. Thed is also a co-editor of the Oxford University Press journal Research Evaluation.


Dr. Matthijs van Otegem
Matthijs van OtegemMatthijs van Otegem is director of the Erasmus University Library. He studied Dutch Literature and Book and Information studies at the University of Amsterdam and took his PhD in Philosophy at Utrecht University. After 12 years at the National Library in various management positions he joined Erasmus University in 2013. The University Library supports researchers and students to create and disseminate knowledge. We do our utmost to help them to excel in this pursuit.


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