prof. dr. Bert van der Zwaan
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Curriculum vitae

Bio Prof. G.J. (Bert) van der Zwaan

Date of Birth: 21 February 1952

From 2011 till 1st of april 2018 Rector Magnificus Utrecht University

Summary academic career and research interests

Since the start of his academic career in 1982, and following the successful completion of

his PhD thesis, Bert van der Zwaan has been working at Utrecht and Nijmegen

universities in the Netherlands, and has held many positions outside of the academia.

Being trained as a paleontologist, his main research interest involved (paleo)ecology,

although already early in his career he participated in many interdisciplinary programs.

This led to building an interdisciplinary research group exploring the (at that time) rather

unknown area between Biology and Geology. Nowadays, Biogeology is a vibrant field of

research where substantial and exciting scientific progress has been made through

collaboration between many disciplines. The research of Bert van der Zwaan and his

group - composed of geologists (paleontologists and geochemists), microbiologists,

ecologists, (paleo)climatologists and modelers - focused on the development of the

modern global climate system and co-evolving ecosystems over the past 60 million

years. The success of this and other research groups, recognized by the Royal Dutch

Academy of Sciences, led to the foundation of the Darwin Center for Biogeology of which

Bert van der Zwaan became the first scientific director.

Bert van der Zwaan has led a substantial number of large scientific programs, has been

amongst others lead-writer and quartermaster for the government funded (100 million

euro) program Knowledge for Climate, coordinator of the Earth and Sustainability

program of Utrecht University and partners in which 1200 scientists participate, chair of

the Utrecht Center of Geosciences, and lately coordinator and interim-CEO of the EU/EIT

Climate-Knowledge and Innovation Community. In the latter program he has been

leading a network of five of Europe’s best universities (Utrecht University, Imperial

College, ETH, Paris Tech and Berlin/Postdam PIK). The aim of the program is to generate

innovation by bringing research-teaching-business together. Through this work he

became very interested in the (regional) impact of universities on innovation.

After becoming dean of the Faculty of Geosciences in 2006, he has left the chair of

Biogeology at Utrecht University since 1 September 2008 and became completely

involved in science management. He was appointed Rector Magnificus of Utrecht

University from April 1, 2011 to April 1, 2018.

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Room 516
The Netherlands

Phone number (direct) +31 30 253 5131
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