Meet the lecturers of the Dutch Science Talks project.
Under their short biographies, you will find information about upcoming or past lectures.
Past speakers
Philip Brey
Philip Brey is a professor of philosophy and ethics of technology at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente. In his research, he investigates social, political and ethical issues in the development, use and regulation of technology in society. His focus is on new and emerging technologies, with special attention to artificial intelligence and digital technologies. He was one of the first to study the ethical implications of many emerging technologies, including social media, virtual reality, care robots, smart surveillance systems, Internet-of-Things and 3D printing. Brey is a former president of the International Society for Ethics and Information Technology (INSEIT) and of the Society for Philosophy and Technology (SPT). He has coordinated major research projects in ethics of technology in the European Union and the Netherlands, including the ethics of artificial intelligence.
Philip Brey gave a lecture in January 2022.
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Niels van Namen
Niels van Namen is an experienced Healthcare supply chain professional, entrepreneur, and TED speaker. Niels currently leads the global CEVA Healthcare team as the Executive Vice President for the Healthcare Sector. Niels has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare and life science industry of working closely together with customers across R&D, supply chain, and manufacturing.

Niels is a PDA member, holds an MSc from the Delft University of Technology, obtained his MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management and holds a certificate from l'École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris.

Niels van Namen gave a lecture in December 2021.
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Pascale Leistra
Pascale Leistra is an architect, researcher, educator and business strategist. As an architect, she worked at Atelier PRO on numerous educational projects, such as school buildings community-, sports- and cultural centres. One of her exemplary projects is the Letovo School Campus in Moscow, which has been awarded Best Moscow School Architecture Award 2016. Based on her passion for heritage she has built up solid experience in transformation and renovation. Changing times require new answers and solutions. At VMX architects, Pascale continues working on context, program and clients' ambition with a strong sustainable motivation. Working in an international team in which people inspire each other, her aim is to create healthy and happy environments.
Pascale Leistra gave a lecture online on March 18th, 2021 and moderated a MOOC on Dutch Design & Architecture in November 2021.
Denis Oudendijk
Denis Oudendijk is an architect who looks at the world without a manual, the goal of his design approach is to change the way we look at design. By changing people's perception of and shifting the functionality of every object on earth, he gives new meaning to objects and tries to find solutions which are within anyone's reach. Functions are temporarily and do have a lifespan, in architecture and in design. He, together with his team, is questioning the standard design approach where form follows function, and they believe that their methods meet the goals of circular thinking, prolonging things' lifespan to endless.
Denis Oudendijk gave a lecture in November 2021.
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Marian Stuiver
Marian Stuiver is a PhD in Agricultural Sciences at Wageningen University and Research Centre. She is a programme leader in Green Cities. Dr Stuiver is developing consortia on topics such as sustainable business, climate change and nature in the city. Marian is a recognised global expert on strategic visioning, science for impact, ethics and governance. She is developing methodologies to connect entrepreneurs, organizations and policymakers from different backgrounds and cultures for a common goal.
Marian Stuiver gave a lecture in November 2021 and hosted a Film screening and discussion, which took place on 10 October 2018.
Annemartine van Kesteren
Annemartine van Kesteren is a curator, design consultant and writer based in Rotterdam. She is part of the curatorial staff of the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum where she is responsible for the collection of contemporary design. She curated groundbreaking exhibitions as Change the System (2017) and Boijmans drivethru (2020) and collaborated with many Dutch designers. Trained as an Industrial Design Engineer, for several years she worked for the global strategic design team of Philips Design and developed products and creative strategies for clients in Europe, Asia and America. She regularly teaches and is frequently asked for expert reviews. Her daily activities range from strategy development, creative direction, curating, and writing.
Annemartine van Kesteren gave a lecture in November 2021.
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Stefan Al
Stefan Al is an architect, urban designer, researcher, and educator. He has worked on some of the world's largest structures, including the 2000-feet tall Canton Tower. He served as a professor at various institutions such as Virginia Tech, Columbia University, and the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he was invited to be a TED Resident and advisor to various city governments, including Hong Kong. In addition to his work as a designer, he has published eight books that explore the pressing design challenges in cities. They have been widely acclaimed including by the Wall Street Journal, Architectural Record, The Times and NPR.
Stefan Al gave a lecture in November 2021.
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Bob Hendrikx
Bob Hendrikx is an inventor, architect, and biodesigner. He is the founder and inventor of the living coffin that turns humans into compost. His other works include growing the world's first living home at the Dutch Design Week and buying a broken-down Detroit home for $1000 to make sustainable housing accessible for all. Bob has been chosen as human of the year 2020 by VICE Media. His ambition is to empower and inspire people towards a living future by turning science-fiction into reality.
Bob Hendrikx gave a lecture in November 2021.
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Polina Maltseva
Polina Maltseva is currently leading social infrastructure projects for a newly created city in Russia - Dobrograd, including the opening of the first school and kindergarten there this fall. She is also a founder and CEO of an online school for parents that provides courses on educational best practices. Also, Maltseva serves as a consultant for other projects in offline and online education for K-12.

Previously, she was the COO of the Letovo School leading the creation of the top-performing boarding school in Russia. She also worked on projects for San Francisco Unified School District. And before that held a consultant position at the top global consulting firm, McKinsey&Company. She is a graduate of Higher School of Economics, London School of Economics, and Harvard Business School (MBA). She created one of the largest student organisations in Russia focused on business education (Case Club) as well as the McKinsey Business Diving case championship with more than 2000 participants.
Polina Maltseva gave a lecture in November 2021.
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Petr Kudryavtsev
Petr Kudryavtsev is an urbanist and sociologist, a co-owner of Building Media Group, and a partner at Citymakers. In the past years, he worked as publisher and editor-in-chief for ARX professional journal in architecture and cooperated with other specialists to have founded the Territorial Development Institute (TDI), which designed 20+ major urban construction projects for Moscow and various regions of Russian, created the Friends of Zaryadye public movement. Since 2012, he has served as a partner in Citymakers Bureau, which specialises in socio-cultural programming, creation of concepts for the development of urban districts and public spaces, as well as educational projects. Kudryavtsev has authored more than a hundred papers in leading architectural publications and served as an official representative of the World Architecture Festival in Russia, and a member of the Festival's judge panel.
Petr Kudryavtsev gave a lecture in November 2021.
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Nabi Agzamov
At Strelka KB, Nabi works on creating a more sustainable and resilient urban environment, by strengthening the relationship between water, ecology and cities.
He worked at an urban design and landscape architecture firm SCAPE (New York, NY), there, among other projects, he participated in the design of the "Ecological Citizens" exhibition for the US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale Architettura (2018).
Nabi holds a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, a Bachelor from New York Institute of Technology, and is an alumnus of The New Normal postgraduate programme at Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design.
Nabi Agzamov gave a lecture in November 2021.
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Timur Burbaev
Timur Burbaev is the head of the Industrial Design programme at the School of Design of NRU HSE in Russia and the Art Director at Art. Lebedev Studio in Russia. Also, he is a visiting lecturer at the British School of Design in Moscow. He is a designer that won several international awards in Industrial Design: Red Dot, IF Design (Germany), Good Design (Japan). He supervised and created numerous projects both individually and as the Art Director of Art. Lebedev Studio, including those for the Moscow city infrastructure, Russia Premier League, Bosch, and other institutions. Timur was trained as a design engineer (transportation design).
Timur Burbaev gave a lecture in November 2021.
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Alexey Boev
Professional experience and current professional activity:
· Architect "Neutelings Riedijk Architects" (Netherlands)
· Founder of the architectural research bureau "VISOTA" (Netherlands)
· Head of the study of the system of houses and palaces of culture in Russia "Identity in the typical"
· Guest teacher at the "Amsterdam Academy of Architecture"
Studied at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture and obtained an International Master of Architecture degree
Alexey Boev gave a lecture in November 2021.
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Daria Naugolnova
Professional experience and current professional activity:
· Founder of the architectural research bureau "VISOTA" (Netherlands)
· Head of the study of the system of houses and palaces of culture in Russia "Identity in the typical"
· Guest teacher at the "Amsterdam Academy of Architecture"
Studuied at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture and obtained an International Master of Architecture degree
Daria Naugolnova gave a lecture in November 2021.
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Menno Schilthuizen
Menno Schilthuizen is a professor of evolution and biodiversity at Leiden University and a researcher at Naturalis Biodiversity Centre. He is also an active science communicator, having written more than 200 articles about ecology and evolution for magazines and newspapers. He is a TED speaker and writes books. His latest Darwin Comes to Town (Quercus | Picador, 2018) was translated into 13 languages, including Russian. With his company Taxon Expeditions he takes laypeople on real scientific expeditions to discover new species, but in urban and in 'wild' nature.
Menno Schilthuizen gave a lecture in October 2021.
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Douwe Jan Joustra
Douwe Jan Joustra is a consistent thinker and doer in the circular economy, senior expert and enthusiastic speaker, nationally and internationally. In 2009/2010 he introduced the concept of circular economy in the Netherlands after he had a supporting role in the development of Cradle to Cradle in the Netherlands. Douwe Jan Joustra has a background in systems ecology, transition management and was responsible for process innovations focused on climate neutral cities. He initiated Circular Fashion during the period he was Head of Circular Transformation at C&A Foundation. Joustra is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Circular Apparel Innovation Factory. He is the owner/managing director of ICE-Amsterdam (Implement Circular Economy) and is a founding partner in the Ecomimicry Institute.
Douwe Jan Joustra gave a lecture in September 2021.
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Alissa van Asseldonk and Nienke Bongers
Alissa and Nienke founded their design studio in 2013, and are working on commissioned and self-initiated projects in the field of interior design and architecture.

The A+N studio creates materials that build intriguing and enriched spaces for those who live or work in them. With a human-centred approach, and in close collaboration with both craftsmen and the high-tech industry, they design innovative materials, objects and installations for (future) interior architecture, that trigger curiosity and interaction. This means researching human perception, creating new materials to improve daily life and exploring what our future environments will look like.

Influenced by their concept-led education at Design Academy Eindhoven and their practical experience of working with both craftsmen and new technologies, their work is characterised by tactility, simplicity and the use of natural forces like wind or light.

Alissa and Nienke gave a lecture online on 28 Apr 2021.
Jan Smits
Prof. dr. Jan M. Smits is Professor of European Private Law at Maastricht University and is Dean of the Faculty of Law. Jan Smits publishes, teaches, and supervises students in the fields of (Dutch, European and comparative) private law, comparative law, legal theory, and "law and…" approaches.

Jan Smits is a member of the editorial board of the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law and of the Journal of Civil Law Studies. He is on the advisory boards of the SSRN European Private Law Journal, the Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, and the Belgian-Dutch Tijdschrift voor Privaatrecht. Smits is also an honorary editor of the Chonnam National University Law Review (Korea) and of the Biblioteca Estudios de Derecho Civil (Peru).

Jan Smits is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Smits ranks in the top 100 of the SSRN worldwide ranking of top law authors. He is a member of the Ius Commune Research School since its founding in 1996. Apart from his academic activities, Smits is a deputy judge in the Amsterdam Court of Appeal.

Jan Smits gave a lecture online on 07 April 2021.
Mikhail Antonov
Prof. dr. Mikhail Antonov is an Associate Professor at the Department of Theory and History of Law and State of the HSE Saint-Petersburg campus where he teaches legal theory and comparative law.

He obtained his Ph.D. degree at Leiden University in 2019. In 2007, he has become a Candidate of Sciences in Theory and History of Law and the State at Saint-Petersburg State University. He also holds an MA degree in Social Philosophy from Paris Descartes University and degrees in Jurisprudence and Public Regulation in Economics.

Mikhail Antonov authored numerous books, reviews, and articles in Russian and foreign languages. Apart from his academic activities, prof. Antonov practices law as an advocate at the Saint-Petersburg Bar Association. He is a partner at the Aspektum advocate bureau. Prof. Antonov is a visiting professor and researcher at the Institut d'Études Politiques (IEP) d'Aix-en-Provence in France и School of Law at Tartu University.
Mikhail Antonov gave a lecture online on 07 April 2021.
Jasper van Winden
Jasper van Winden works as a project manager for educational innovations at Utrecht University, a wide range of international research university with 6.700 staff members and 30.000 students. Van Winden leads the multidisciplinary project Future Learning Spaces that aims to experiment with new concepts to explore how the physical learning environment can contribute to Utrecht University's vision on education.

His interest in learning spaces started while teaching in the Biology department, with the observation that traditional learning spaces were limiting him in implementing the core principles from Utrecht University's vision on education. Next year he designed his own active learning classroom in the university's Teaching & Learning Lab. The promising results lead to the start of the project Future Learning Spaces. As manager of this project, he now seeks to inspire teachers, policy makers, and administrators to rethink their learning spaces to improve learning.
Jasper van Winden gave a lecture online on March 18th, 2021.
Erica van Herpen
Erica van Herpen is Associate Professor at the Marketing and Consumer Behaviour Group of Wageningen University. Her research focuses on consumer decisions in retail and in-home settings. She examines how the presentation of products affects consumer behaviour, how consumers can be stimulated to buy more healthful and/or more sustainable food products, and how consumers use food products. In this research, she has applied tools such as an eye-tracking and a virtual supermarket. Her recent work focuses especially on the collateral damage of household food management, that is, food waste. Ongoing research shows which factors influence household food waste, validates methods to measure household food waste, and assesses the impact of interventions to diminish this waste.
Erica van Herpen gave a lecture online on March 10th, 2021.
Anton Gubnitsyn
Anton Gubnitsyn is the CEO of the TIAR Center. He advises companies on implementing sustainable development initiatives in Russia and the EAEU and helps to structure work towards environmental responsibility, reduction of climatic risks, and development in accordance with government priorities and the needs of the stakeholders.

Gubnitsyn defended his Ph.D. thesis in sociology at St. Petersburg State University and graduated with distinction from the public administration programme at Moscow State University. He also completed postdoctoral training at Laval University (Canada).
Anton Gubnitsyn gave a lecture online on March 10th, 2021.
Aliki van der Kruijs
Aliki van der Kruijs is a Dutch artist/designer who "thinks through textiles". With her work, she investigates the synergy between weather, matter, colour, and space, in which the notion of time and motion are essential factors.

Her practice fundaments on an intuitive encounter with the world through fieldwork. Crafts are combined with her deep interest in the weather and geology. This navigation brings her to consult or collaborate with scientists in the domains like meteorology, pedology (soil science), and oceanography. In recent years, she developed textiles made by rain and woven textiles based on soil drilling measurements, glacier compositions, and the rhythm of the sea. The works can be seen as publications about her continuous explorations to the living library of Earth and the material and spiritual culture of its inhabitants.
Aliki van der Kruijs gave a lecture online on February 25th, 2021.
Michiel van Lambalgen
Michiel van Lambalgen is a professor of logic and cognitive science at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation and at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Amsterdam. He studied philosophy and mathematical logic and wrote his PhD thesis on randomness and Kolmogorov complexity. A chance encounter with Keith Stenning led to an intense collaboration aiming to bring logic back into cognitive science.

His book Human reasoning and cognitive science is an impassioned defence of the role of logic in cognitive science. More recently, van Lambalgen developed an interest in the role played by logic in Immanuel Kant's Critique of pure reason. The ultimate aim is to use Kant's insights into logic and its role in cognition to foster the development of "explainable artificial intelligence".
Michiel van Lambalgen gave a lecture online on 20 Jan 2021.
Dmitrii Kovpak
Prof. dr. Dmitrii Kovpak is the founder and president of the Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapy in Russia. Since 2016, he serves as Vice President of the Russian Psychotherapeutic Association. He is also a board member of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy (IACP) and a member of the Beck Institute International Advisory Committee.

Dmitrii Kovpak authored ten monographs, including guidelines for psychotherapists. He founded and organised three major annual professional conferences for mental health professionals that are held for the last two decades.

To promote psychotherapy and prevention of nervous and mental diseases among the population, prof. dr. Kovpak participated in filming more than 50 programmes about mental health that were later aired on major Russian TV channels. Since 2019, he is an official Ambassador of the city of St. Petersburg.
Dmitrii Kovpak gave a lecture online on 20 Jan 2021.
Viktoria Denisova
Viktoria Denisova is an alumna of the research Institute for Logic, Language and Computation at the University of Amsterdam, where she obtained the Master of Science in Logic degree, being particularly interested in the semantics of logic and natural language.

A CELTA certified teacher, Viktoria has founded a language school called English Deduction and developed an approach to teaching English based on findings of logic. Besides her professional activities, Viktoria had been the Ambassador of the University of Amsterdam in Saint Petersburg for several years. She has been very interested in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and, in particular, its correlations with logic in treating psychological disorders.
Viktoria Denisova gave a lecture online on 20 Jan 2021.
Jasper den Besten
Ir. Jasper den Besten graduated from Wageningen University and started to work as a lecturer at HAS University of Applied Sciences in the horticulture course (plant breeding, plant physiology and (greenhouse) vegetable production) and at the moment is a professor in new cultivation systems in high-tech and vertical farming. He has a lot of experience in education and applied research in plant breeding, plant physiology and its application in innovative cultivation systems including vertical farming as well as in education, training and coaching.

HAS University has climate cells in Den Bosch and Venlo. Jasper den Besten is the coordinator of the Dutch on location and of the English-taught online courses in 'growing without daylight', manager of BrightBox Venlo, member of the honorary board of the Association for Vertical Farming, member of the board of Duurzame Kost and partner of Precede Singapore (vertical farm).
Jasper den Besten gave a lecture online on 09 Dec 2020.
Alanna O'Malley
Alanna O'Malley is a historian focusing on the United Nations, decolonisation, Congo and the Cold War. She is the Chair of United Nations Studies in Peace and Justice, a newly-created position at Leiden University's Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, focusing on the 'lesser-known actors' of the UN: women, the youth, the agents of informal diplomatic networks within the UN and actors from the Global South. This Chair, in honour of the former Dutch Foreign Minister and Mayor of The Hague Jozias Van Aartsen, is shared with The Hague University of Applied Sciences.
Alanna O'Malley gave a lecture online on November 12th, 2020.
Egor Sergeev
Prof. dr. Egor Sergeev is a Senior Lecturer at the department of the global economy of MGIMO University. He obtained his both undergraduate degree and a PhD in Economics there.

His research interests lie primarily in the area of economy of the EU, economic and political systems of the Benelux countries, fiscal policy, fiscal integration, fiscal governance, regional integration in Europe, financial integration in the EU, regional differentiation of the EU, socio-economic development of Benelux and Visegrád countries as well as the global economy. He published a number of articles within his field of expertise in various scientific journals as well as several monographs.
Egor Sergeev gave a lecture online on November 12th, 2020.
Willem van Genugten
Willem van Genugten is an Emeritus Professor of International Law at Tilburg University, The Netherlands. His alma mater is Radboud University Nijmegen, where he studied law and philosophy, having graduated 'with distinction' and cum laude respectively.

At present, he is a part-time Professor of International Law in South Africa and chairs the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law. He received a number of awards for his work, including, in 2012, a doctorate honoris causa from the North-West University, South Africa.

He has published on a series of international law subjects, often from a multidisciplinary perspective and with a special focus on human rights (in the widest sense of the word) and economic and other actors needed to realise human rights standards in practice.

Willem van Genugten gave a lecture online on 7 October 2020.
Irina Krasnopolskaya
Irina Krasnopolskaya works at the Center for Civic Initiatives Assessment of the Institute for Applied Political Studies at NRU HSE. She has worked in the research of non-profit organisations for more than 10 years. She has published more than 50 scientific papers. She also wrote several chapters in international monographs. Dr Krasnopolskaya also acts as an ad hoc reviewer for the International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy and Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organisations.

In 2020, Irina Krasnopolskaya obtained her PhD at Radboud University Nijmegen. Her thesis is devoted to social innovations and quantitative measurement of social innovations in NGOs.
Irina Krasnopolskaya gave a lecture online on 7 October 2020.
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Joris van Wijk
Dr. Joris van Wijk is an Associate Professor at the Law Faculty's Department of Criminal Law and Criminology at VU Amsterdam. He directs the master's program International Crimes, Conflict and Criminology and co-directs the Centre for International Criminal Justice (CICJ).

Trained as a lawyer and a criminologist and with a PhD in Criminology at VU University, his main expertise concerns issues related to criminology, international criminal justice, (asylum) migration and terrorism.

Joris van Wijk gave lectures in Russia in February 2020 - one in Moscow on February 7th and then in St. Petersburg on February 10th.
Cecilia Stanghellini
An Italian physicist with a Dutch PhD in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Cecilia Stanghellini has been working at Wageningen University and Research Centre for some 30 years, on the resource use and management of greenhouses in wet and dry climates. Major topics are greenhouse climate simulation and management; crop yield and resource use efficiency; the economy and environmental impact of greenhouse crops.

She has participated in and leads several large international projects, financed by the European Union, governments and large companies in Europe, Latin America, and Africa on the topic of efficient greenhouse vegetable production and capacity building. She teaches "Greenhouse Technology" at Wageningen University and gives regularly short courses in Italy and Spain. She is fluent in five languages and has been invited as a lecturer in five continents.
Cecilia Stanghellini gave a lecture in Moscow on 09 December 2019 at the Timiryazev Agricultural Academy.
Sigrid Wertheim-Heck
Dr Sigrid Wertheim-Heck is a researcher in consumption sociology with the main area of interest in food security (access, safety, diversity, and nutrition). She has a master's degree in history and international relations, a master's degree in Russian and Eurasian Studies. She received her PhD in 2015 at Wageningen University. As of October 2016, Sigrid holds the research chair of Food and Healthy Living at Aeres UAS.

Dr Sigrid Wertheim-Heck is Director Marketing and Business Development of Fresh Studio and founder of the innovative platform Food Synectics. Sigrid is working in the field of research and policy advice as well as a growth strategy and innovation consultancy in particular in Vietnam, Myanmar and the Philippines.
Sigrid Wertheim-Heck gave three lectures in Russia in December 2019, two in Moscow and one in Saint-Petersburg.
Jan Brokken
Jan Brokken has, in a literary career spanning thirty years, written books about a number of exotic and far-off places, including West Africa, the Dutch Caribbean, Indonesia and China, winning acclaim for his adventurous attitude and sensitive style. He gained international fame with The Rainbird, The Blind Passengers, Baltic Souls, In the House of the Poet, The Reprisal and The Cossack Garden. He is renowned as a masterful storyteller. The New York Times praised his book Jungle Rudy on Rudy Truffino, who mapped the Venezuelan jungle, as 'a masterpiece of narrative non-fiction'.
Jan Brokken made a presentation about his latest book "The Righteous" in Russia on 16 Oct 2019. Learn more about it on the lecture's page!
Derk Loorbach
Derk Loorbach is the director of DRIFT and Professor of Socio-economic Transitions at the Faculty of Social Science both at Erasmus University Rotterdam. DRIFT (Dutch Research Institute for Transition) is a world-leading institute for research on and for sustainability transitions. The institute conducts interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research to better understand and facilitate new ways of thinking, doing and organizing in contemporary transitions. Derk is one of the founders of the transition management approach as a new form of governance for sustainable development. He has over one hundred publications in this area and has been involved as an action researcher in numerous transition processes with government, business, civil society and science. He is a frequently invited keynote speaker in and outside Europe.
Derk Loorbach gave a lecture in Saint-Petersburg on 16 Sep 2019 and in Moscow on 17 Sep 2019, and he also delivered a lecture for Master's students of the Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas on 18 Sep 2019.
Daan Roosegaarde
Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde is a creative thinker and maker of social designs. His fascination for nature and technology is reflected in his iconic designs such as Smart Highway (roads that charge from sunlight and glow at night), Waterlicht (a virtual flood) and Smog Free Project (the largest outdoor air purifier in the world which makes jewellery from smog). He founded Studio Roosegaarde in 2007, where he works with his team of designers and engineers towards a better future. Roosegaarde is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and named Artist of the Year 2016 in The Netherlands. Roosegaarde has won several international rewaards. He exhibited at the Design Museum in London, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Tate Modern, Tokyo National Museum, Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris, Victoria & Albert Museum and various public spaces in Europe and Asia.
Daan Roosegaarde gave a lecture in Moscow on 09 Sep 2019.
Jaap de Zwaan
Jaap de Zwaan is a Dutch emeritus professor of European Union Law. He started his professional career as a member of The Hague Bar. Later he worked for a period of 19 years for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague (European Integration Department and Legal Service) and Brussels (Permanent Representation of the Netherlands at the EU). In 1998 Jaap de Zwaan was appointed full-time professor of European Union Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Apart from his activities as a European law professor, he served his Law School as Vice-Dean for International Affairs and as Dean. In the period mid-2005 until mid-2011 De Zwaan was Director of the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, 'Clingendael', a think tank as well as the diplomatic academy. In May 2011 he returned to Erasmus University Rotterdam. In the period mid-2012 until mid-2017, De Zwaan has also been active, on a part-time basis, as Professor European Integration at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Until the present day, Jaap de Zwaan is still active in various fields related to European Union law and policies.
Jaap de Zwaan gave a lecture in Moscow on 28 May 2019.
Jorrit Rijpma
Jorrit Rijpma is Associate Professor of European Law at the Europa Institute of Leiden Law School and 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. Rijpma's research focuses on cooperation in Justice and Home Affairs in Europe, the so-called Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. 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 counsel to a private firm of immigration lawyers.
Jorrit Rijpma gave a lecture in Moscow on the 22 April 2019.
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 gave a lecture in Moscow on the 20 March 2019 at the Higher School of Economics.
Alfred Pot
Alfred Pot started his career as a logistic manager at a machine factory. His second job was as a lecturer on logistics, organisational behaviour and coaching at the Dronten University of Applied Sciences (DUAS). The context of his job changed in 2014 where he started as project leader on complex research projects on precision farming and on heat innovation. The combination of logistics and precision farming made it possible to become the head of the department of Agro-Technology & Management. Nowadays he combines the outcome of research to develop new curricula, to professionalise his education team and he performs research on logistics.
Alfred gave a closed lecture on 21 March 2019 at the Timiryazev Academy in Moscow.
Nick Guldemond
Associate Professor Integrated Care & Technology, Institute of Health Policy & Management of Erasmus University Rotterdam Dr Guldemond has a background in electric engineering and medicine. He is a key expert on eHealth and integrated care for various international organisations such as WHO Global eHealth Observatory, EU Programmes as European initiative on Healthy and Active Ageing, and some other. He is an advisor on eHealth and healthcare transformation for various national/regional eHealth institutes NHS UK, NHS Scotland, Norway, China, Poland, Germany, Belgium as well as multinational companies in Pharma (Roche, Novartis, Genzyme), Medtech (Philips, MEDTRONIC), health IT (Microsoft, Ascom, Ortec, Vodafone) and finance (Rabobank, Natwest, RBS). Dr Guldemond is on behalf of the Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU) architect of the national eHealth implementation research agenda and health track leader of the big data alliance.
Nick gave a lecture in Moscow at Sechenov University on 18 March 2019.
Clemens Dirven
Professor and Chair of the department of Neurosurgery Erasmus University Medical Center. After studying medicine in Nijmegen, he trained as a neurosurgeon at the Acadermisch Hospital in Groningen. He also started his research on brain tumors and he obtained his doctorate for a thesis on a benign type of brain tumor that occurs in children. He then worked for 11 years as a neurosurgeon in the VU Medical Center Amsterdam, where he became a professor in the field of brain tumor research. Prof. Dirven is a co-founder and co-director of the Erasmus Brain Tumor Center and a member of the Netherlands Commission of Genetic Modification (COGEM).
In his research he focuses on new therapies for malignant braintumors, viro-immunotherapy and development of braintumor models.
Clemens gave a lecture in Moscow at Sechenov University on 18 March 2019.
Walter Taal
Walter Taal works as a neurologist at the Neuro-Oncology department of the Erasmus MC Cancer Institute since 2002. This department focuses on diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system caused by cancer or by the treatment of cancer. Special interest of Walter Taal goes to gliomas, spinal metastases and neurofibromatosis type I. Walter Taal is involved in various international (EORTC) studies on the effect of antineoplastic agents in gliomas. He defended his PhD thesis "Chemotherapy in Glioma" on 30 October 2015 in Rotterdam. Furthermore he is a management member of the Dutch Neuro-Oncology Group, participates in the Dutch national neuro-oncology rare tumor group, is the chairman of the Dutch national guideline work group on spinal metastasis and a member of the medical advisory board of the Dutch Neurofibromatosis Association. Walter Taal teaches neurologists (in training), medicine students and nurses in the entire field of neuro-oncology .
Walter gave a lecture in Moscow at Sechenov University on 18 March 2019.
Kristin Henrard
Kristin Henrard is a Professor of Fundamental Rights and Minorities at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam as well as an Associate Professor of International and European law. She teaches courses on advanced public international law, international criminal law, human rights, and minorities and fundamental rights. 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.

In 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).
Kristin Henrard gave a closed lecture in St. Petersburg on 5 Feb 2019 and a lecture in Moscow on 7 Feb 2019.
Babora Hola
Barbora Hola works as a Senior Researcher at 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, the sentencing of international crimes, rehabilitation of war criminals and life after a 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 centre 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.
Barbora Hola gave a lecture in Moscow on 27 Nov 2018 and in St. Petersburg on 29 Nov 2018.
Robert van Otterdijk
Robert van Otterdijk is a food technologist, graduated from Wageningen University. He worked first in the Dutch food industry in quality assurance and r&d, after which he joined the Food & Agriculture Organisation of the UN.

In 1995, he joined a SIDA (Sweden) funded field project in Zambia on production, processing and commercialisation of root & tuber crops. In 2002 he joined the FAO again, this time as the agro-industry officer of the Regional Office for Africa, based in Accra - Ghana. In 2008 he moved to FAO Headquarters in Rome (Italy), and since 2017 he is based in FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia in Budapest (Hungary).

Robert van Otterdijk gave a closed lecture in Moscow on 22 November 2018 for students of the Timiryazev Academy.
Arnold Tukker
Arnold Tukker is a 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 non-profit research organisation. He currently coordinates a string of major programmes with 20 key European research institutes in the field of resource-efficiency, a.o. constructing the 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 the 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 gave a lecture in Moscow on 22 Oct 2018 at the Moscow State University and a lecture on 24 Oct 2018 at the Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University.
Jaap A. Wagenaar
Professor Jaap Wagenaar was trained as a veterinarian and completed his PhD study at Utrecht University and the USDA-National Animal Diseases Center, Ames, IA, USA. In 1996 he started his research group at the Central Veterinary Institute (now: Wageningen Bioveterinary Research) in Lelystad, the Netherlands, on food safety.

From 2004-2006 he worked with WHO, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Atlanta, US) and the USDA Western Regional Research Center (Albany, Ca, US). In 2006 he was appointed as chair in Clinical Infectious Diseases at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University. He is currently the coordinator of a large EU project on antimicrobial resistance (EFFORT).

He is a member of the WHO-AGISAR-group (Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance) and WHO-Global Foodborne Infections Network, a global capacity-building network. He is a member of the scientific panel of the Netherlands Veterinary Medicines Institute (SDa). He is the director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Campylobacter and of the OIE-reference laboratory for Campylobacteriosis and is acting frequently as an expert for WHO, FAO, and OIE.
Jaap gave a closed lecture on 23 Oct 2018 for the Timiryazev Academy students.
Nicolaas Schrijver
Dr Nicolaas Schrijver is a Professor of Public International Law, Leiden University. Since September 2017 he also serves on the Council of State of the Netherlands, which is the principal legal advisory body of the government and parliament.

Furthermore, he is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, including the former Chair of its Committee on the Pursuit of Academic Freedom. From 2009 to 2016, he served as an independent expert member on the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and from 2005-2010 he served on the UN High-level Panel on the Right to Development. Nicolaas Schrijver authored various books and numerous book chapters and scholarly articles in the field of international law, peace and security, international cooperation, human rights and sustainable development.
Nicolaas Schrijver gave a lecture in Moscow at Sakharov Center on 4 Oct 2018.
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 and has published more than 600 scientific articles, as well as supervised over 50 Ph.D. 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
Louise 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.
Louise Fresco gave a lecture on November 26, 2017, in Moscow.
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.
André Kuipers gave a lecture on the international cooperation for sustainable developmenton October 25th, 2017 at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.
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.
Larissa van den Herik gave a lecture on the reappraisal of the inquiry concept in May 2017.
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.
Janneke Gerards gave a lecture on the paradox of the European Convention of Human Rights on 25 Apr 2017.
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.
Louise Vet gave a lecture on the circular economy on 1 Mar 2017. You can find the video of the lecture here.
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.
Her lecture on the society in the epoch of climate change took place on December 19, 2016.
Daniel Wigboldus
Full professor in social psychology at 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 Radboud University.

His research focuses on person perception in general and stereotyping and prejudice in particular. 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.

Lecture "Stereotypes or how does our brain deceive us" took place on December 6, 2016. You can find a TEDx video of Wigboldus's lecture (2013) here.
Pascal Gielen
Pascal Gielen is a 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 the 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 into English, Korean, Portugees, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.
Lecture "Beyond the creative city. Art, politics and public life of the 21st-century city" took place on February 25, 2016.