Committee of Recommendation


Arthur Mol Rector Magnificus

Sound is essential for human beings and for animals. Just think about communication. At the same time, sound can have disastrous effects on humans, animals and ecosystems. In my Master, in 1984, I researched the Dutch Law on noise disturbance, in which mostly negative influences of noise on humans, animals and environment are regulated. But yet we still do not know enough about these disturbances. As rector magnificus of Wageningen University and as a scientist I think that B.V.W. ‘Biologica’ has chosen an intersting theme for their symposium.​



Geert van Rumund2

Geert van Rumund Mayor of Wageningen

It’s a pleasure to be a member of the Recommendation Committee for the Biologica symposium. As the mayor of Wageningen – the City of Life Sciences – I really appreciate it when students are active outside their studies.

Sound is a very broad theme, but one of the aspects that appeals to me most is music. I’,m very fond of jazz music. After a busy week, I like to listen to a CD to forget the stress and take a moment to relax. Sometimes I attend a concert as well. I feel that music lowers my stress level; at least, I enjoy it very much. I’mm curious if this feeling will be explained scientifically during the Biologica symposium.

I’d like to congratulate the Biologica study association on its 30th anniversary and wish them a successful symposium.​



VanHooff (c)Marieke de Lorijn2
©Marieke de Lorijn

Jan van Hooff

Jan A.R.A.M. van Hooff (Arnhem, 1936) took his Ph.D. at the Universiteit Utrecht and was professor of Ethology and Socio-ecology at this university from 1980 till 2001. His main research interests: primate social communication; primate social organisation, e.g. comparative and evolutionary aspects.
He was visiting professor at the Universität Zürich-Irchel (Anthropologisches Institut und Museum), Switzerland, and at the École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France. He is honorary professor at the Universitas Nasional, Jakarta, Indonesia. Some present functions: He is scientific member of the directorate of Burgers Zoo, Arnhem (e.g founder of the Arnhem, Burgers’s Zoo chimpanzee colony); Secretary of the Lucie Burgersstichting voor Vergelijkend  Gedragsonderzoek;  member scientific council Fondation Jean-Marie Delwart, Brussels, Belgium; honorary member of the Assoziazione  Primatologica Italiana. He is a fellow of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen and Officer in the Royal Order of Orange-Nassau. He has been Secretary General of the International Primatological Society, member of the board of the Dobberke Stichting voor Vergelijkende Psychologie and President of the Jane Goodall Institute Netherlands



Edwin van Huis2

Edwin van Huis Director of Naturalis Biodiversity Centre

Edwin van Huis (1958) is General Director of  Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, Leiden. He has studied Biology and Business and worked at the ministry of wealth, wellbeing and culture (WVC) between the beginning of the eighties till the beginning of the nineties. In 1992 he became Business Director at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, and in 1996 he was General Director of the Dutch institute for image and vision (beeld en geluid) which is located in Hilversum. He is also one of the founders of XPEX BV, a concept, management and design bureau for the leisure sector. He was appointed General Director of Naturalis in 2011.