Onderwijs in het Maria Montessorigebouw
Onderwijs in het Maria Montessorigebouw

About the BSI

The Behavioural Science Institute (BSI) is a multidisciplinary research institute founded in 2003 at Radboud University. In 2006, it received formal accreditation as a research school from the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW).

Interdisciplinary research and open science 

Our team of researchers conducts fundamental, applied, and translational research that spans the boundaries of psychology, educational sciences, and communication science. BSI is well-known for its excellent facilities and support for lab and field research, as well as its successful graduate school and determined commitment to open science.

Through interdisciplinary collaboration, we focus on development, connection, and health as our naturally intertwined themes, and most of BSI's research includes all three elements. Our seven research programmes, lab groups and projects stem from these themes and provide diverse perspectives and expertise. 


Our mission is to strengthen people through understanding the foundations of human behaviour. Three core values define our DNA:

  1. Craftsmanship and scientific rigour: We strive for rigorous, reproducible, and transparent science. We keep developing our skills. We train new generations of researchers.
  2. Curiosity and awareness of societal matters: We follow our deep fascination for human behaviour. We value curiosity-driven research with scientific and societal impact.
  3. Collaborative and safe work environment: We connect science, practice, and society through collaboration. Moreover, we value cohesion and connection within BSI and strive for a healthy, open, safe work environment.


Administrative and secretarial support BSI is supported by management assistants Diana de Ruiter and Sonia Burgos.


The BSI management is supported by several committees:

Science Committee

The BSI Science Committee advises the BSI director on scientific policy, content, and strategy. It evaluates PhD research proposals, including direct funding, external PhDs, and grant-funded projects, while also providing feedback on BSI staff proposals for grant funding agencies.

PhD Platform

The PhD Platform represents BSI PhD students, collaborating with BSI management and PhD Organization Nijmegen (PON) to enhance their work life. They focus on improving supervision, expanding the alumni network, and organizing BSI-wide events to foster closer connections among PhD students.

Colloquium Committee

The colloquium committee facilitates BSI colloquia, workshops, and symposia. The committee invites contributions that support the PhD and MSc programmes of the BSI Graduate School and enhance (inter)national collaboration with external researchers. Check the agenda for upcoming workshops and colloquia.

Lab Committee

The Lab Committee advises the BSI director concerning all equipment purchases and investments, such as lab facilities and software applications. Furthermore, the Lab Committee is responsible for the smooth operation of the BSI lab.

APP Platform

The Assistant Professor/Post Doc Platform represents all the assistant professors and post-docs across the 7 BSI departments. They focus on clear promotion criteria, managing work stress, and fostering equal opportunities across research and teaching.


Postal address

Postbus 9104 
6500 HE Nijmegen

Visiting address

Thomas van Aquinostraat 4
6525 GD Nijmegen

+31 (0)6 29 64 63 99