Aafke Hulk new director of NIAS-KNAW

4 June 2011

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has appointed Prof. Aafke Hulk as the new rector/director of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW), located in Wassenaar.

The NIAS is one of the Academy's 19 research institutes. Prof. Hulk will take up her position on 1 August 2010.

Prof. Aafke Hulk (1952) will begin her work as rector/director of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW) on 1 August 2010. She succeeds Prof. Wim Blockmans in this position. Prof. Hulk has elected to work for the NIAS because her new position will enable her to encourage interdisciplinary research in the humanities and social sciences. She is also looking forward to collaborating with talented Dutch and foreign researchers who use the facilities available at the NIAS. Aafke Hulk's appointment fits in with the Academy's policy of moving more women into senior positions in its organisation. The Academy recently signed the Talent to the Top Charter for this purpose.
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>Aafke HulkAafke Hulk is professor of French linguistics at the University of Amsterdam. In recent years, her research has focused on the linguistic aspects of early child multilingualism. She is also an administrator and holds positions on various boards. For example, she served a five-year term on the Governing Board of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO); she is a member of the board of the National Network of Female Professors (LNVH); and she was the dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsterdam. Prof. Hulk will continue to conduct research at the University of Amsterdam.

About the NIAS

The primary task of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW) is to promote high-quality research in the field of the humanities and social sciences and to provide an impetus towards its internationalisation. The NIAS-KNAW provides research facilities for some 50 leading researchers annually, both from the Netherlands and abroad. The Institute also conducts a number of multidisciplinary thematic research programmes involving both Dutch and foreign researchers. www.nias.knaw.nl.

About the Royal Academy

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) is the forum, conscience and voice of science and scholarship in the Netherlands. It derives its authority from the quality of its members. As an independent organisation, the Academy safeguards the quality and interests of science and scholarship and advises the Dutch government. It is also responsible for nineteen internationally renowned institutes whose research and collections put them in the vanguard of Dutch science and scholarship. Thanks to their work, the Academy is the leading authority of the Dutch research community and its foremost representative.