Speakers Dies Natalis 2017


prof. dr. ir. A.P.J. Mol

Prof Arthur P.J. Mol was appointed Rector Magnificus and member of the Executive Board of Wageningen University & Research on May 28th 2015.

As an environmental expert and sociologist, Mol was appointed chair of Environmental Policy in 2000. From 2009 to 2014 he was director of the Wageningen School of Sciences and a member of the Doctorate Board. His core research themes include globalisation, social theory and environmental issues, ecological modernisation, sustainable production and consumption, information-based management and urban environmental management. He conducts research on several continents.


Prof.dr Roy Anderson

Sir Roy is Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology in the School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London and Director of the Centre for Neglected Tropical Disease Research. His recent appointments include Rector of Imperial College London and Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Defence, UK. His research interests are in interdisciplinary studies at the interface between medicine, biology, mathematics and computation.

He currently is a Trustee of the Natural History Museum, a Member of the Singapore National Research Foundation Fellowship Board, a Member of the International Advisory Committee of Thailand National Science and Technology Development Agency and a Member of the Malaysian Biotechnology Advisory Board. He is a non-executive director of GlaxoSmithKline and a member of the International Advisory Board of Hakluyt and Company Ltd.


Dr Alexandra Hiscox

Alex is passionate about the development of tools for mosquito control that can form part of a healthy home environment. During her PhD studies, she investigated the impacts of human resettlement on mosquito populations in the Lao PDR. As a post-doctoral researcher at Wageningen University and Research (2012 - present) she has worked towards the successful implementation of mass-mosquito trapping for malaria control on Rusinga Island, western Kenya (the SolarMal Project). This project was the first to demonstrate that odour-baited mosquito traps could be used to reduce mosquito numbers and control malaria. Her current research activities focus on combining mosquito repellents and attractants to create push-pull systems for the control of malaria mosquitoes in the peridomestic environment.


Dr Marjon de Vos

At the end of her study Biology at Wageningen University, Marjon became interested in the functioning of biological systems from an evolutionary, ecological and optimality perspective. During her PhD in the Biophysics group at AMOLF (Amsterdam, NL), she used the ‘model-bacterium’ Escherichia coli to investigate the role of environmental variation on evolution. In 2012 Marjon started as a postdoc in the Biophysics and Systems Biology group at IST Austria (a then brand-new research institute in the Vienna woods, Austria). There, she investigated the ecological interactions in polymicrobial infections. In 2014 she obtained a NWO Veni fellowship which allows her to investigate the role of eco-evolutionary interactions in the development of antibiotic resistance in polymicrobial infections in the Laboratory of Genetics at Wageningen University.


Ewaldus Wera MSc