The Executive Board of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) has appointed Professor Peter van Tienderen, acting dean and professor of Experimental Plant Systematics, as the new dean of the Faculty of Science. Van Tienderen’s appointment will take effect on 1 January 2017 and will be for a period of five years.
The dean is charged with the overall management of the faculty. The appointment came about in consultation with the Faculty Works Council and Faculty Student Council.
Geert ten Dam, president of the UvA-AUAS Executive Board and chair of the Appointments Committee: ‘I am extremely pleased that Peter van Tienderen is prepared to take up the position of dean. Peter has been closely involved in the strategic direction of the faculty, first as an institute director and subsequently as vice dean and acting dean. He is a collegial manager with a clear vision on teaching and research, as well as on interdisciplinarity and collaboration inside and outside the university.’
Peter van Tienderen: ‘The Faculty of Science is an inspirational institution comprising dedicated students and staff. We conduct exceptional research – sometimes fundamental, sometimes with an eye to practical applications. Our education, which is both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, is attracting an ever-increasing number of students. By leveraging our talents and strengths, we will actively seek collaborative partnerships both locally and internationally in order to generate new knowledge with the support of state-of-the-art facilities, to train critical and competent students to the highest possible degree, and to ensure our knowledge is of added value to society. As dean, I am proud to be able to contribute to this mission in the coming years.’
Professor P.H. van Tienderen (1958) has held the chair in Experimental Plant Systematics at the UvA since 2001. From 2005 to 2014, he headed the UvA’s Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED). In late 2014 he was appointed vice dean of the Faculty of Science. In this capacity, he was responsible for research and valorisation policy and was closely involved in the collaborative partnership between the science faculties of the UvA and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). He also coordinated the formulation of the 2015-2020 Faculty Strategic Plan.
Outside of the UvA, Van Tienderen holds a number of advisory and administrative positions. He is, among other things, a member of the Supervisory Board of Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden and a member of the Executive Board of Pinetum Blijdestein botanic garden in Hilversum. Recently, he formed part of the 2016 Biotechnology Trends Analysis Committee (Trendanalyse Biotechnologie 2016).
In his own research, which is both theoretical and experimental, Van Tienderen focuses on the evolution and diversity of plants. He represents the Netherlands on the Stakeholders Board of LifeWatch E-Science European Infrastructure for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research. Lifewatch is an ESFRI Landmark project and, together with Naturalis, forms part of the 2016-2020 National Roadmap for Large-scale Research Facilities (Nationale Roadmap voor Grootschalige Onderzoeksfaciliteiten 2016–2020). Over the years, Van Tienderen has continued to lecture alongside his research and administrative duties. His lecturing duties range from teaching the first-year course Plant Biology of the Bachelor’s in Biology to contributing to the interdisciplinary Bachelor’s programme in Future Planet Studies.