As we move into an era of even greater uncertainty, it feels significant to pass over the leadership of the WYA to a very motivated team of Kevin Matson (Co-Chair), Sylvia Brugman (Co-Chair), and Franzel van Duijnhoven (Secretary). I would like to thank Louis de Vet and Maarten Smulders for Co-Chairing with me and for making the job so easy, and Sophie van der Lubbe for her ongoing, steady support. I would like to also thank the members, past and present, for their support and ongoing commitment.
Reflecting on the last couple of years, I am particularly proud of our achievements: from having invited prestigious speakers, to engaging actively and effectively on university policy, working to make WUR more inclusive and open (e.g. ‘you are welcome here’ campaign), and playing a leading role in the Strategic Alliance. As I pass over the Chair role, and serve my final last year on the WYA, I remain hopeful and excited. The future is bright and we are positioned to play a big part in it!