Prof. Leo van Wissen will take over as the director of the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI), part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), on 1 November 2010. He succeeds Prof. Frans Willekens in this position.
The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has appointed Prof. Leo van Wissen as the new director of the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) in The Hague. Prof. Van Wissen will take up his new position on 1 November 2010. He is currently professor of Economic Demography at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen. He is also vice dean of the Faculty. Leo van Wissen studied social geography at VU University Amsterdam and obtained his PhD there (Faculty of Economics and Econometrics) with a model for spatial demographic analysis. His scientific interests include analytical demography, population geography and migration. From 1991 to 2004, he also worked at NIDI, including as a member of the management team. Frans Willekens, NIDI director since 2003, will continue to conduct research at NIDI until his retirement.
The Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI-KNAW) conducts research on population issues, with an emphasis on socially relevant trends and issues. In conducting such research, NIDI aims to contribute to the description, analysis, explanation and forecasting of demographic trends in the past, present and future. Characteristic features of its research are its interdisciplinary approach and international orientation.
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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.