The Executive Board of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) has appointed Prof. Peter van Tienderen as acting dean of the UvA’s Faculty of Science. The appointment will take effect on 1 June. Van Tienderen succeeds Prof. Karen Maex, who will formally take office as rector magnificus of the UvA and member of the UvA-AUAS Executive Board on 1 June.
Van Tienderen has been the vice-dean of the Faculty of Science since 1 October 2014. In this capacity, he is a member of the Faculty’s executive team and is charged with the Research and Valorisation portfolios. He is also closely involved in various projects relating to the collaborative partnership between the science faculties of the UvA and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).
Maex is the former dean of the UvA’s Faculty of Science and of the VU’s science faculties. The Executive Board of VU University has appointed Prof. Hubertus Irth as acting dean of its Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences and Faculty of Sciences, effective 1 June. After consultation with, among others, the representative advisory bodies, the UvA’s Executive Board will in the coming week hold discussions with the VU Executive Board on the structural position of the dean of the UvA’s Faculty of Science. These will centre on whether the three faculties should again be headed by a single joint dean, or whether the UvA and VU should continue their partnership with their own respective deans.
Prof. P.H. van Tienderen (1958) was appointed professor of Experimental Plant Systematics at the UvA in 2001. In his research, which is both experimental and theoretical in nature, he focuses on the evolution and diversity of plants. From 2005 to 2014, he headed the UvA’s Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED).