Conference Organisation


Conference Team 2020

Prof. Dr. Teun J. Dekker


Teun Dekker is Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences Education at UCM. He holds the first professorship dedicated to Liberal Arts and Sciences in Europe. In that capacity, he conducts research concerning the nature of Liberal Arts education in the European context, as well as its social, political, and educational significance. He also is an evangelist for Liberal arts and Sciences Education in the Netherlands and Europe, consulting for Universities across Europe and spreading public awareness of this educational philosophy. He teaches courses on the intersection of the Social Sciences and the Humanities, including History of Political Thought and Distributive Justice in Contemporary Political Philosophy.




Dr. Karlijn Haagsman


Karlijn Haagsman is Assistant Professor of Globalisation and Development at Maastricht University, The Netherlands. Her research looks at transnational and migrant families, specifically migrant parent-child separation, youth mobility and wellbeing. For the past 10 years she has taught and coordinated various courses in the minor and Master of Globalisation and Development.






Prof. Dr. Valentina Mazzucato 


Valentina Mazzucato is Professor of Globalisation and Development at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University. She was co-developer of the MA Globalisation & Development and heads the team of 26 developers who are designing an exciting interdisciplinary and interfaculty BSc Global Studies due to start in September 2020. Global citizenship skills are central to the newly developed curriculum for the BSc. ​Her research on migration between Africa and Europe is characterized by mixed-methods, multi-sited research designs and interdisciplinary teams.





Dr. Simone Schleper 


Simone Schleper is a postdoctoral researcher at the History Department and the MUSTS research group at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University. Her research looks at the science and politics of nature conservation in the 20th and 21st century. She is involved in the development and coordination of the BSc Global Studies course Environment and Economy, which combines insights and approaches from history, science studies, political sciences, and economics.






Why hosting this conference?

Although we see many developments in higher education to establish educational curricula crossing the borders of domains, interdisciplinary education has yet to become part of the mainstream. In order to fully integrate knowledge and skills from various disciplines and obtain a more complete understanding of our complex society in transition, we need a new approach to education. Therefore, in 2016 the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS) of the University of Amsterdam, started to build an active interdisciplinary education network in the Netherlands (and the rest of the world) to be able to combine forces to cope with challenges that interdisciplinary education brings, and define the standards of Interdisciplinary Education together. This resulted, among other things, in hosting an interdisciplinary conference for all academic universities, and applied universities of The Netherlands – and Belgium. This conference took place in February 2017 and set an example to be followed. I4TU.CEE hosted the second edition of this event. The third edition was hosted by Utrecht University in 2019. Maastricht University will host the fourth NIE conference in June 2020.


About IIS

The Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies has gathered valuable experience and expertise during the last 15 years, collaborating with our partners from both inside and outside the academic world. We have now made it our mission to share our knowledge and insight with teachers, curriculum developers and programme directors, thereby promoting the growth and further development of Interdisciplinary education in the Netherlands.
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   NIE 2020 core conference committee is composed of: Prof. Teun Dekker (Liberal Arts and Sciences, University College Maastricht), Dr. Herco Fonteijn (Faculty of Psychology and Neurosciences, Maastricht University), Dr. Karlijn Haagsman (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University), , and .