I’m the programme coordinator of the Master’s in Forensic Science. Forensic science for me is about disciplinary scientific knowledge as well as going beyond borders and building bridges between different scientific disciplines, science and the forensic field, and between the partners of the forensic process. This context makes for a demanding programme for students and teachers alike.
As coordinator of the programme, I’m responsible for all organisational issues and I’m continuously working on the improvement of the curriculum with the programme director and other staff. Together with the teachers and the staff, we aim to offer the students an excellent programme to learn about forensic science and to prepare our students for their professional career.
I have a background in biology and sustainable development which I studied at the University of Amsterdam and where I also finished my PhD in Ecogenomics. What I find very interesting about forensic science is the interdisciplinary character. In our master, students learn how to work together with people from various disciplines and nationalities. In addition, decisions made by forensic scientists can have an enormous impact on people’s lives. Therefore, it is important that our graduates have excellent disciplinary knowledge in combination with well-developed professional attitude and skills, such as integrity, communication skills and the ability to reflect on one’s own performance.
For the students, the Master’s in Forensic Science is not only a journey in forensic science but also in their personal development. All in all it is an intensive and varied study, where a successful result is also dependent on the enthusiasm and the personal input of the students themselves.