Organisation

The Meertens Institute is a research institute concerned with the study and documentation of Dutch language and culture. The main focus of attention lies on the phenomena that shape daily life in our society.

Management

Managing Director: Prof. Dr Antal van den Bosch

Director of Operations: Yildiz van den Akker

Head of Research Council: Dr Irene Stengs

Head of Technical Development: Daan Broeder, M Sc

Research

The research performed at the Meertens Institute has been organised in themes. The research themes  change every five years. All researchers at the Meertens Institute perform research related to one or more themes and together form the Research Council.

Head: Dr Irene Stengs

Operational Management

The non-scholarly services and facilities of the institute – such as the departments of Personnel, Finance, Communications, DTP, Reception, and the Secretariat – have been housed at the Planning and Control Department of the KNAW Humanities Cluster.

Director of Operations: Yildiz van den Akker

Communications

The staff members of the Communications Department are responsible for the organisation of internal and external activities and expressions related to communications. These also include activities such as web editing and desktop publishing (DTP). In addition, the Secretariat provides support to the Management Team.

Communications & PR: Simone Wolff, MA

Webmaster: Dr Mathilde Jansen

Collections

For more than sixty years, the Meertens Institute has been acquiring archives and its researchers have been building collections. This unique material in the field of Dutch ethnology and variation linguistics is part of the national heritage of the Netherlands.

Library Coordinator: Lidy Jansen

Research Collections Coordinator: Douwe Zeldenrust, MA

Technical Development

The Technical Development Department moves at the interface of ICT, research, and cultural heritage. It also manages several websites on behalf of the Meertens Institute that enable accessibility of general information and reseach results to the general public and to other researchers.

Head: Daan Broeder, M Sc

Science Committee

The Science Committee is a committee appointed by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) which advises both the management of the institute and the Board of Management of the KNAW. At present, the Science Committee includes the following members:

Prof. Dr John Nerbonne, M Sc (Head), University of Groningen

Prof. Dr Liliane Haegeman, Ghent University

Pf. Dr Valdimar Hafstein, University of Iceland

Prof. Dr Henkjan Honing, University of Amsterdam

Prof. Dr Roeland van Hout, Radboud University Nijmegen

Prof. Dr Marc Jacobs, Flemish Interface Centre for Cultural Heritage (FARO)

Prof. Dr Joep Leerssen, University of Amsterdam

Prof. Dr Alexandra Lenz, Institute of Germanic Studies (University of Vienna) 

Prof. Dr Andreas Witt, University of Cologne