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Growing up in Science Series: Rogier Kieviet

Rogier KievitPlease join us for the first Growing Up in Science event of the academic year! We are delighted to have Rogier Kieviet in the interview chair to discuss his interesting scientific and personal journey, past and present. Here are the specs:

Who: Prof. Rogier Kievit
When: Thursday October 13, 16:00-17.00h
Where: Red Room, Trigon building

As a teaser trailer, here’s the “official” story of Rogier’s career: At the end of his PhD, the plan was to move to the UK for a postdoc position and await the birth of their first son. However, their son was adamant about being born an Amsterdammer, and decided to arrive 9 weeks early, causing some fluster and consternation. He was appointed group leader in Cambridge in 2015, and full professor at the Donders institute in 2020, with his research funded through the MRC, Wellcome, ERC and Jacobs Foundation. He has two children, one of whom is severely disabled, bringing a unique set of challenges and need for flexibility. His wife is professor in Leiden, which has provided many insights into the differences in academic challenges for men and women, inspiring his work on various equality and diversity committees and initiatives. He also likes sharks, sourdough, running, and often makes uninformative calendar notes such as ‘meet sara’ or ‘send email to KH’.

What is it like to combine children and academic careers, especially with additional caring needs? How to combine parallel academic careers? What are the differences in challenges and opportunities working in the UK, Netherlands and US, and how valuable is time spent abroad? Why is his sourdough starter not rising? What excites him most about his work?

Please join us so you can find out for yourself! As always, you are very welcome (and encouraged!) to ask questions during the event.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Alan & Hanneke