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NERN is not a society, association or club and thus does not have members. It is a network of which all people working in the field of ecology and evolution in the Netherlands can be part. Formally, the network is supported and driven by a collaboration of graduate schools, research institutes, and universities that are significantly involved in fundamental research on ecology, evolution, and biodiversity (see Affiliated Groups).

The decision centre of NERN is the NERN Board, which is composed of representatives of the Dutch institutes working substantially in the field of ecology, evolution and biodiversity. The Board meets four times a year, once during the Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting (half February), once during the annual Current Themes in Ecology symposium (late November), once in late May and once in early September. When required, ad-hoc meetings can occur.

The NERN Board consists of:

Hans de Kroon (Chair)
Radbound University Nijmegen (RUN)
Christiaan Both
University of Groningen (RUG)
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Wim van der Putten
Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)

Annemarie van Wezel
University of Amsterdam (UvA)

Matty Berg
Vrije Universiteit (VU)

George Kowalchuk
Utrecht University (UU)

Gerlinde De Deyn
Wageningen University (WUR)

Tjeerd Bouma
Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NWO-NIOZ) / University of Groningen (RUG)

Koos Biesmeijer
Naturalis Biodiversity Center / University of Amsterdam (UvA)

Claudius van de Vijver
(Executive secretary NERN)

The Graduate School for Production Ecology & Resource Conservation (PE&RC)

Sanja Selaković
(NERN office)

The Graduate School for Production Ecology & Resource Conservation (PE&RC)




When you have any information that you would want to distribute in NERN or you have any questions regarding NERN, please contact: Dr Claudius van de Vijver (claudius.vandevijver@wur.nl, or by phone at +31 317 485 116).