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Prof. Peter van Tienderen, professor of Experimental Plant Systematics, will be appointed Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Science. He will be taking up his new position as of 1 October 2014 and succeeds Prof. Ben Cornelissen, who had been temporarily filling the post at the request of the Dean Karen Maex.

Van Tienderen has been affiliated with the University of Amsterdam (UvA) since 2001 and has headed the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) since 2005. He has an academic background in plant evolution and diversity, and has conducted both experimental and theoretical research, such as a recent study on the exchange of genes between crops and wild plants. He has contributed to various strategic reports which have served as the basis for national and international research programmes and initiatives.


As Vice-Dean, he will be operating within the Faculty of Science's Executive Team and will be charged with the Research, Innovation and Doctorates portfolios. He will also oversee various projects in relation to cooperation between the UvA and VU University Amsterdam science faculties. Within the Faculty of Science, he will serve as chief deputy to the Dean, with whom he will work very closely.


Dean Karen Maex is exceptionally pleased that Peter van Tienderen was available for this position. His appointment will serve to supplement the Board of Directors with a dedicated and capable executive with strong roots in the Faculty of Science. I look forward to our cooperation and wish him every success in performing his duties.