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NVTB Bestuur
Last update April 29 2021

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The Dutch Society for Theoretical Biology (NVTB) is a biological society focussing on theoretical, mathematical and philosophical biology. The society comprises 200 members from several universities, institutes and other organisations. The main aim of the society is to stimulate and represent theoretical biology in its broadest sense in the Netherlands.

Its activities consist in the following:

  • The NVTB organises meetings dealing with all subjects studied by its members, ranging from mathematical models or computer models of collective behaviour, ecology, biodiversity, population dynamics, evolution, immunology, epidemiology, physiology, etcetera down to philosophical aspects of biology.
  • The main meeting of the NVTB is the yearly workshop in Schoorl which lasts two days. Every year this meeting is booked full with about 50 participants. This meeting keeps members of the NVTB informed about what happens in theoretical biology in the Netherlands and it strengthens the contact among the members of the society.
  • Every other year the NVTB also organise a so-called PhD-day. Here, PhD students talk about their research among themselves (almost) without staff members. It is an informal occasion for PhD and master students to present their work.
  • The NVTB administrates a fund that subsidises lectures in the field of theoretical biology. Everyone may apply for funding of lectures in theoretical biology. Requests usually concern symposia related to the defence of a thesis.
  • In order to distribute information about lectures, symposia and job vacancies in the field of theoretical biology, the NVTB keeps a mailing list. Requests to subscribe and distribute information can be submitted to this address. For questions, please contact Boris Schmid (
In order to become a member of the society, please send a mail to the secretary specifying your name, affiliation, address, email and telephone number and indicate also whether or not you want to subscribe to the mailing list. Contribution of the NVTB per person per year amounts to Euro 12,- to be paid to account number 2252185 to the Nederlandse Vereniging van Theoretische Biologie.

The board of the NVTB consists of

President Secretary Treasurer
Kirsten ten Tusscher
Theoretical Biology
Utrecht University
Padualaan 8
Hugo R. Kruytgebouw - Kamer Z510
3584 CH Utrecht
Timo van Eldijk
University of Groningen
Nijenborg 7
Lineausborg 5172.0581
9747 AG Groningen
Jeroen Meijer
Theoretical Biology
Utrecht University
Padualaan 8
Hugo R. Kruytgebouw - Kamer Z528
3584 CH Utrecht