As of 1 August 2015, Prof. Eric Opdam will succeed Jan Wiegerinck as director of the Kortweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics (KdVI). Eric Opdam has already assumed several tasks associated with the position, including responsibility for the portfolios of mathematics collaboration with VU University Amsterdam (VU) and the research assessment strategy.
Since September 1999, Eric Opdam has been affiliated with the KdVI as a professor of Algebra and Geometry. He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and received an ERC Advanced Grant in 2010 for his research on the relationship between symmetry in geometry and number theory. Having served on the KdVI's Management Team for the last several years, Eric Opdam is well acquainted with matters of interest both in the institute and beyond.
According to dean Karen Maex, ‘I am convinced that we have found a worthy successor to Jan Wiegerinck in Eric Opdam.’
According to Maex, ‘Though Mathematics is a very broad discipline, over the last ten years, Jan has managed to turn the KdVI from a fragmented group of talented scientists into an institute, thanks to his enthusiastic and accessible nature. He has ensured that the interests of mathematicians are and were heard at the executive management level.
I am very grateful to Jan that following an initial term as director, he was willing to bear this responsibility for a second term. I would like to thank Jan for all of his efforts over the last several years and, above all, for what he brought to his role as director, during the last mid-term research review and the establishment of the Co van Ledden Hulsebosch Center, for example.’