am a Professor at the Kapteyn Institute at the University of Groningen,
and since 2011 its (Scientific) Director. I study the formation and
evolution of galaxies, by studying their structure, kinematics and
stellar populations. At the moment, I my research is mostly focused on
studying dwarf galaxies in the nearby Universe, but I am also very
interested in studying larger galaxies.
The Kapteyn Institute is one of the appr. 10 research institutes
of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (FMNS, FWN) at the
University of Groningen. Its mission is to do research in astronomy,
and to be responsible for the astronomy teaching at the University.
Together with Leiden we are the only University in the Netherlands
offering a bachelor in astronomy. We also offer a master program in
astronomy. We have a large PhD programme with more than 50 PhD
students. The Kapteyn Institute is one of the 4 partners in NOVA, the
Netherlands Research School for Astronomy.