Jelle Reumer chair of the Life Sciences and Society Foundation

Prof. Jelle Reumer, Emeritus Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology, has been appointed by the Dutch Research Council NWO as chair of the Life Sciences and Society Foundation (Stichting Biowetenschappen en Maatschappij, BWM). His chairmanship will take effect on 1 January.

Reumer studied biology in Utrecht and did research in various fields of biology, including cytogenetics, taxonomy and vertebrate paleontology. He was previously the director of the Rotterdam Natural History Museum for 28 years.

The Stichting Biowetenschappen en Maatschappij aims to contribute to the social debate on current themes in the biological and health sciences. It contributes to the formation of an informed opinion on these themes by providing a clear and comprehensive overview of the current state of affairs, the developments and future perspectives within health, nature and the environment, and their consequences for society. BWM was founded in 1969 by HRH princess Beatrix and HRH prince Claus.