The Board of the University has made extra funding available for top scholars through the Endowed Chair programme. In addition to the professorship, an Endowed Chair enables the appointment of a number of PhD students and postdoc researchers, who will be supervised by the professor.
Prof. Johan Bos
Faculty of Arts
Bos gained his PhD at the University of Saarland (Saarbrücken) in 2001, after which he became a post-doc researcher at the University of Edinburgh. From 2005-2012 he was assistant professor at the University "La Spienza" in Rome. Currently, he is a professor of Computational Semantics in Groningen, and does research in the natural language processing and automatic textanalysis fields. Bos is mainly interested in the role of the meaning of words, sentences and texts in the application of computational semantics.
Prof. Aurelia Colombi Ciacchi
Faculty of Law
Aurelia Colombi Ciacchi (1970) is Academic Director of the Groningen Centre for Law and Governance (GCL) and a Director of the Netherlands Institute for Law and Governance (NILG). Her research mainly deals with the balancing of conflicting interests in the regulation and governance of private relationships, e.g. contracts. Her numerous publications embrace a broad spectrum of subjects, among which a major role is played by the horizontal effect of fundamental and/or human rights in the adjudication of private litigation in Europe. She is an experienced leader of international research networks and collaborates with excellent scholars from 25 European countries.
Prof. Pauline Kleingeld
Faculty of Philosophy
Kleingeld is internationally recognized for her work in the area of the philosophy of Kant, contemporary Kantian ethics, and philosophical cosmopolitanism. Before joining the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Groningen in 2011, she was a full professor at Leiden University (2004-2010) and an associate professor of philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis (where she taught from 1993-2004).
Prof. Peter Lansdorp
Faculty of Medical Sciences
Lansdorp is the Scientific Director of the new European Research Institute on the Biology of Ageing (ERIBA) of the University of Groningen and the University Medical Center Groningen. The research institute will constellate fundamental scientific research conducted into ageing and related diseases. Top scientists from around the world will try to unravel the mechanisms underlying diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and will, for example, also study the fundamental causes of tumours and diabetes mellitus. Lansdorp is particularly interested in exploring the role of telomeres and genome instability in the aging of cells.
Prof. Philip McCann
Faculty of Spatial Sciences
Philip McCann trained as an economic geographer. He studied at and obtained his PhD (1993) from the University of Cambridge (UK) and then worked at the University of Pennsylvania in the US (1993-1995), the University of Reading (UK) (1995-2005) and the University of Waikato in New Zealand. At Reading he was Professor of Urban and Regional Economics, in Waikato he was Professor of Economics. He has also been a guest professor in the US, Japan, Thailand and Italy. He has long had a close affiliation with the Faculty of Spatial Sciences in Groningen, which he regularly visits to give guest lectures and seminars, and attend PhD ceremonies.
Prof. Russel Spears
Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences
Spears is one of the world’s leading social psychologists. Spears’s research focuses on intergroup relationships, social cognition, communication and social identity. His international success is partly due to his research into the role of stereotyping and social identity in relationships between groups, which led to research into the role of emotions such as guilt and maliciousness in intergroup relations.
Prof. Kocku von Stuckrad
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
Von Stuckrad (1966) is a specialist in the pluralistic dynamics of European history of religion, with a special interest in the links between religion, philosophy of nature and the natural sciences. His numerous publications also include books on esotericism, astrology and mysticism as part of Western culture. He has a strong focus on methodological issues in the study of religion and in discursive approaches to religion and culture. Von Stuckrad has served in various functions in the American Academy of Religion and was president of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture. Currently he is the president of the Dutch Association for the Study of Religion (Nederlands Genootschap voor Godsdienstwetenschap).
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