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Organisation and people

The SENSE organisation consists of a general board, a directorate or daily board, a research committee, an education committee, a PhD Council and a SENSE supporting office.

Management & Office

  • Marleen de Ruiter (IVM-VU; executive secretary)
  • Johan Feenstra (WIMEK-WUR; executive secretary)
  • Peter Vermeulen (WIMEK-WUR; Chair SENSE Education Committee)
  • Katarzyna Negacz (IVM-VU; A1 and A2 co-organiser)
  • Marjolijn Dannenburg (WIMEK-WUR; Communication and Website)
  • Viola Bennink (WIMEK-WUR; interim Communication and Website)

Board of Directors

  • Prof. Philipp Pattburg (IVM-VU General Director)
  • Marleen de Ruiter (IVM-VU; executive secretary)
  • Johan Feenstra (WIMEK-WUR; executive secretary)

General Board

  • Prof. Martin Wassen (UU-Copernicus; chair)
  • Dr. Pieter van Beukering (IVM-VU)
  • Prof. Jan Hendriks (RUN)
  • Dr. Maarten Krol (WMG-UT)
  • Prof. Alfred Stein / Prof. Tom Veldkamp (ITC-UT)
  • Prof. Ken Irvine / Prof. Eddy Moors (IHE Delft)
  • Dr. Winnie Leenes (IVEM-RUG)
  • Prof. Dave Huitema (OU)
  • Prof. Carolien Kroeze (WUR-WIMEK)
  • Prof. Arnold Tukker (CML-LU)
  • Prof. Detlef van Vuuren (PBL)

Research Committee

The SENSE Research Committee is an advisory committee to the General Board of SENSE. It meets about two times per year, to discuss the coordination and organisation of discussion meetings, workshops, symposia and staff & PhD networks on relevant topics. The research committee especially focuses on the stimulation and support of the societal impact and outreach of PhD research.

Composition: research coordinators of the SENSE institutions and representatives of the SENSE PhD council, supported by a secretary (Johan Feenstra)

Education Committee

The SENSE Education Committee is an advisory committee to the General Board of SENSE. It meets about two times per year, to discuss the general policy regarding the SENSE TSP requirements; coordination, organisation and tuning of educational and training activities, such as courses, summer schools, workshops, etc.

Composition: PhD coordinators / PhD contact persons and PhD (council) representatives of all participating SENSE institutions, supported by a secretary (Marleen de Ruiter).

SENSE Taskforce External Affairs

The SENSE Education Committee is an advisory committee to the General Board of SENSE. It meets about two times per year, to discuss the general policy regarding the SENSE TSP requirements; coordination, organisation and tuning of educational and training activities, such as courses, summer schools, workshops, etc.

Composition: PhD coordinators / PhD contact persons and PhD (council) representatives of all participating SENSE institutions, supported by a secretary (Marleen de Ruiter).

PhD Council

The SENSE PhD Council (SPC) is an important body of ideas and advice within SENSE. The council consists of motivated PhD candidates from the different SENSE partner institutes. A representative of the SPC is always invited to meetings of the SENSE General Board (which consists of the directors of the SENSE partner institutes). Read more.

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