Prof. Edward de Haan will be stepping down shortly as dean of the UvA’s Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG). After careful consideration, he has decided to focus on his research, for which he received a prestigious ERC Advanced Grant last year. De Haan will continue with his duties as dean until a successor has been found.
De Haan began as dean in 2008 and was reappointed early last year. During the six and a half years of his tenure, he has set a clear strategy for the Faculty and successfully given shape to it. The Faculty’s teaching and research performance, for example, is excellent. A major restructuring within the FMG took place as a result of the creation of Graduate Schools. Major steps were also taken in terms of the Faculty’s accommodation: most of the Faculty has now moved into the new building on the Roeterseiland Campus.
Last year, De Haan, a professor of Neuropsychology, was awarded an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for his research 'A Functional Architecture of the Brain for Vision’. Together with the AMC-UvA and others, he will research a large cohort of neurological patients using advanced neuroimaging and experimental tasks to map out selective visual disturbances.