Scientific and Examinations Committee

Current members of the ICO scientific committee are:

Prof. Dr. L. (Liesbeth) Kester (chair) Utrecht University
Prof. Dr. M.T. (Tim) Mainhard Leiden University
Prof. Dr. L. (Liesje) Coertjens Université Catholique de Louvain
Dr. H.J.A. (Harm) Biemans Wageningen University & Research

The Scientific Director, the Educational Director and two Board members represent the Scientific Committee, in which the quality of the PhD research proposals is discussed and which approves the PhD research proposals. The Scientific Committee meets four or five times a year.

This committee also forms the Examinations Committee. As Examinations Committee, they approve of the Education and Supervision Plans attached to PhD research proposals, they are responsible for providing certificates and decide on exemption requests. The Scientific and Examinations Committee meets four or five times a year.

Deadline for sending in proposals for new ICO PhD members, exemption requests and SEA’s is always at least 2 weeks before the next meeting date.

In 2023-2024 the deadlines for sending in your proposal are:

  • 11 September 2023, 12:00 hours (noon)
  • 9 January 2024, 12:00 hours
  • 28 March 2024, 12:00 hours
  • 3 June 2024, 12:00 hours

Contact the committee at