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Welcome to the New CESSDA director

The General Assembly of CESSDA, Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives, appointed Ron Dekker as the new director at its meeting on 15 November 2016 in The Hague, the Netherlands.


Ron Dekker studied econometrics and started his career in labour market research at Maastricht University. In 1995 he moved to Tilburg University where his research focus shifted to data management. This was his starting point at the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), where in 1997 he became the head of the Data Agency and then in 2007, Director of Institutes.

In 2013 he was seconded to SURF, the Dutch IT-innovation organisation for Higher Education & Research, as acting director and in 2014 he was seconded to the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture as Project Leader Open Science in preparation for the Dutch EU Presidency in the first half of 2016.

He then worked as a Seconded National Expert on Open Science at the European Commission, Directorate-General Research & Innovation.

Ron takes up the position of Director of CESSDA on 1 March 2017.

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