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Carel Stolker: New Chair of the 'NIAS-Lorentz' Advisory Board

Carel Stolker New Chair of the NIAS-Lorentz Advisory Board

Carel Stolker, former Rector Magnificus of Leiden University and Professor Emeritus Private Law, is the new Chair of the NIAS-Lorentz Advisory Board, which advises NIAS and the Lorentz Center on ways to bridge the divide between the humanities, social sciences and the natural and/or technological sciences.

Carel Stolker has succeeded Louise Gunning-Schepers as chair of the advisory board for the NIAS-Lorentz collaboration. NIAS and Lorentz Center thank Louise for her dedicated service to the research community and the inspiring and pleasant collaboration. We are very pleased that Carel Stolker has accepted our invitation to succeed her and look much forward to this collaboration.

Carel J. J. M. Stolker is the former rector magnificus and president of Leiden University, as well as the former dean of the Leiden University Law School:

“As a young researcher, I was already interested in the collaboration between different scientific disciplines. My dissertation and much of my other research was about medical malpractice and liability for defective drugs. That was not possible without immersing myself in the world of medicine and pharmacy. And afterwards, when I started publishing about the future of the university, in my capacity as university administrator, I learned a lot from the management sciences, from psychology and from the public administration researchers.

We need both: disciplinary and interdisciplinary research. And that is why it is such an honour to become the new Chair of the NIAS-Lorentz advisory board, as Professor Louise Gunning’s successor. What makes it extra fun is that the focus is no longer my own research, but that of others…, often young researchers – the future!”

About the NIAS-Lorentz Collaboration

The NIAS-Lorentz collaboration programme was set up in 2006, and it consists of the Distinguished NIAS-Lorentz Fellowship and NIAS-Lorentz Theme Groups.

The NIAS-Lorentz Advisory Board oversees the activities of the NIAS-Lorentz Program and advises NIAS and the Lorentz Center on new ways to bridge the divide between the humanities and/or social sciences and the natural and/or technological sciences. Members also act as ambassadors and help promote the goals and development of the NIAS-Lorentz Program and the Social Science & Humanities workshop program whenever they have the opportunity. Specifically, Advisory Board members evaluate applications for NIAS-Lorentz Workshops at the Lorentz Center as well as for the Social Science & Humanities Workshops.

NIAS-Lorentz Advisory Board members are selected based on their scientific background and specific expertise, their known cross-disciplinary interests and affinity with stimulating novel initiatives. They typically have a broad knowledge of the Dutch scientific community and an interest in societal challenges. The NIAS-Lorentz Advisory Board members together cover a wide range of scientific fields in the humanities and social sciences.


Call Open – Call for applications for workshops at the Lorentz Center:

NIAS-Lorentz Workshops aim to produce cutting-edge research through open and informal discussions and stimulating collaboration.

Proposals for NIAS-Lorentz Workshops or Social Science & Humanities Workshops are invited. More information here.