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Honorary doctorates for Professor Anita Allen and Professor John Ioannidis

Published: 21st November 2019 Last updated: 21st November 2019

During the celebration of Tilburg University’s 92nd anniversary on November 21, 2019, honorary doctorates were awarded to Professor of Law and Philosophy Anita Allen of the University of Pennsylvania and Professor of Disease Prevention, of Health Research and Policy, and of Statistics John Ioannidis of Stanford University.

Tilburg School of Law honored Professor Allen in the laudatio by Professor Bert-Jaap Koops for her exceptional contributions to legal and philosophical scholarship, particularly in the field of privacy studies, in which she asks uneasy questions on legal protection and personal responsibility, freedom and paternalism, paying special attention to the needs of women and racial and sexual minorities,’ as well as for her active participation in societal debate and policy development. And finally because all of this makes her 'a role model for students and academics alike.’  

Anita L. Allen is an internationally renowned expert on privacy law and ethics, and is recognized for her contributions to legal philosophy, women’s rights, and diversity in higher education. 

Improving the scientific method

In the laudatio by Professor Jelte Wicherts of the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Professor Ioannidis was honored for combining a critical attitude to research with the strong and inspiring conviction that the scientific method can be used to improve the scientific method, and that science is the way forward to promoting our health and society. He 'shakes the pedestal of science to ensure that knowledge that stands up under criticism is true knowledge.’

John Ioannidis is one of the most commonly cited physician-scientists around the world and has made contributions to evidence-based medicine, epidemiology, data science and clinical research. He is also well known for his publications in the field of meta-research (research on research).

For more information, please contact spokesperson Tineke Bennema, via e-mail, persvoorlichters@tilburguniversity.edu or phone: 06 – 1967 8521.