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Understanding Society

Tilburg University is convinced that it can contribute to solving social issues by developing and transferring knowledge and bringing together people from various disciplines and organizations.

The Young Academy

On April 1, 2015, Tilburg professor Rianne Letschert became the chair of the Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). The Young Academy, of which Letschert has been a member since 2013, is a dynamic and innovative group of top young scientists and scholars with outspoken views about science and scholarship and the related policy. The Young Academy organizes inspiring activities for various target groups focusing on interdisciplinarity, science policy, and the interface between science and society. The Young Academy has fifty members, who received their doctorates less than ten years before their appointment to the Academy. They represent a broad spectrum of scientific and scholarly disciplines and work at Dutch universities and a wide range of research institutes.

Rianne Letschert

Letschert succeeds neuro scientist Jeroen Geurts as chair of the Young Academy. Other new board members are Professor of Separation Technology Maaike Kroon and Christian Lange, Professor of Islamic and Arabic Studies. The term of office for board members is two years, while Young Academy members are appointed for a five-year period.

Rianne Letschert is Professor of International Law and Victimology and, since January 1, 2015, director of INTERVICT, the International Victimology Institute Tilburg. In 2005, she obtained her PhD in the field of international law; her PhD thesis was entitled The Impact of Minority Rights Mechanisms. Her research interests include rights of victims and human security issues. Letschert is a member of the Supervisory Board of Victim Support The Netherlands and an expert consultant on victims at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.