Welcome to DANinUK

The Dutch Academic Network in the UK (DANinUK) is an open network for Dutch nationals working in Higher Education and (academic) research institutions in the United Kingdom.

Our Network —

DANinUK is a social and professional network for Dutch nationals working in Higher Education and (academic) research institutions in the United Kingdom.

Our aims are to:

  1. establish a stronger cooperation between the Netherlands and the UK in the field of higher education and academic research through networking with (academic) organisations and governments in both countries;
  2. promote social and professional interactions between Dutch nationals within the UK through events and national gatherings, knowledge transfer and regional activities.

Mentoring Scheme —

Have you just moved to the UK, or are you planning to move to the UK? Would you like some help finding your feet and navigating the cultural differences?

We are setting up a mentoring scheme to link you with another Dutch colleague in your region or academic area. Please get in touch if you are interested.

Join Us —

Register to become a member of DANinUK. An annual membership fee of £10 will be used to further develop our network and to organise activities and events.

Find us on our LinkedIn page to receive updates from DANinUK.

Waarom in het Engels? —

If you are all Dutch, then why is this page in English? To broaden the reach of DANinUK, the communication language is English. However, you will certainly hear Dutch spoken at our events!


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News: Nature correspondence article

Milou van Poppel, one of our board members, co-authored a Nature opinion piece. The article was written on behalf of the UK-based European diaspora organisations of Portuguese, Spanish, Polish, Italian and Dutch researchers.

The article argues that the European Union and the United Kingdom must mitigate the negative effects of Britain’s exit from the EU on scientific progress and promote a thriving cross-border research community. This could be done through an open and inclusive European Research Area, for example (see https://stick-to-science.eu).

Read more.

News: new LinkedIn page

DANinUK has a new company page on LinkedIn:


This replaces the existing private group (which we will close in the near future) and will allow anyone to see messages posted on this account. This way we aim to improve the visibility of the DANinUK network. Please follow for upcoming events and relevant information for Dutch academics in the UK, and tag Dutch Academic Network UK in posts relevant to our members.

News: call for Native Scientist Coordinator

Are you a Dutch-speaking student or scientist and would like to organise or participate in science outreach activities for children? There is an opportunity to receive training and volunteer for Native Scientist, in partnership with DANinUK. Native Scientist is a non-profit organisation that connects children with scientists with the goal of broadening children's horizons and promoting scientific literacy.

The aim is to organise (become a Coordinator) or to participate in (become a Mentor) in science workshops delivered in Dutch, to pupils in the United Kingdom. If you are interested in organising or co-organising a workshop, please email Natacha Ogando. She will tell you more about the programme and how to enroll. Science students and researchers at any stage of their careers and from any field of knowledge are welcome.

Events & Activities

We organise (virtual) events to bring together Dutch academics in the UK.

networking event: Overcoming Continuous Crisis: From Covid to Cost of Living —

The Dutch Academic Network and the Dutch Embassy in the UK hosted a special, in-person, networking event at the Dutch Centre in London.

Hosted by Tim Harrison, Professor Emmy van Deurzen gave an impassioned talk about how we, regardless of our (academic) field of expertise, can navigate current global challenges and crises and become more resilient and flexible in order to future proof our lives.

The talk was followed by a panel discussion including Deputy Ambassador Hanno Wurzner, and an audience Q&A.

Date: Wednesday, November 23rd 2022

Location: Dutch Centre, London

webinar: Challenges and Obstacles in Climate Policy —

DANinUK hosted a webinar by Professor Rick van der Ploeg, titled Challenges and Obstacles in Climate Policy, and the Need for Flywheel Effects. Professor van der Ploeg is an economist and former politician (in the Dutch cabinet Kok II). He is an economist at the University of Oxford, and his research focuses on the economics of decarbonisation, the energy transition and how this impacts countries rich in natural resources, such as fossil fuels.

A recording of the webinar is available on the DANinUK YouTube channel.

webinar: Antibiotic Resistance, Your Microbiome and You —

After the 2022 Annual General Meeting, Willem van Schaik, Professor of Microbiology and Infection at the University of Birmingham, gave an inspiring and entertaining "New Year's Lecture" on Antibiotic Resistance, Your Microbiome and You. In the talk he introduces the concept of your microbiome and its relation to antibiotic resistance.

A recording of the webinar is available on the DANinUK YouTube channel.

webinar: Culture and Cross-Cultural Differences —

In May 2021 DANinUK organised a webinar on the fascinating (and highly relatable) topic of culture and cross-cultural differences between the UK and NL. The event consisted of three short presentations by invited speakers, followed by a lively panel discussion. A recording of the event is available on the DANinUK YouTube channel.

The panel for the Q&A included: Professor Anna Watts, Professor Moniek Tromp, Professor Rob van Deursen, Professor Anu Realo and Maaike Esselaar.

Recording of the webinar on Friday 21 May 2021

webinar: UK-NL Research and Innovation Opportunities after Brexit —

The Netherlands Innovation Network UK at the Embassy in London and the Dutch Academic Network in the UK (DANinUK) co-hosted an online meeting on UK-NL Research and Innovation Opportunities after Brexit.

This webinar was aimed at researchers and institutions in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands interested in bilateral research collaboration. The Ambassador to the Kingdom of The Netherlands in the United Kingdom, Karel van Oosterom, provided the opening remarks. Further speakers included leading academics and representatives of research institutions from both The Netherlands and the UK, such as:

useful background documents:

webinar: "Tackling COVID19 — Dutch Academics in the UK" —

In collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the United Kingdom, DANinUK was proud to host a webinar on "Tackling COVID19 — Dutch Academics in the UK" on July 17th 2020. Three UK-based Dutch academics who are actively engaged in tackling the COVID-19 outbreak, provided insight into their work and answered questions.

For those who could not attend the event, there is a video recording of the webinar.

  • Dr Jeroen Nieuwland
    Senior Lecturer at Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science, University of South Wales
  • Prof. Marcel Levi
    CEO of University College London Hospitals
  • Nina van der Mark
    Research Analyst at Centre for Universal Health, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House
Pauline den Hartog Jager
Dutch filmmaker and journalist based in London

Professor Marcel Levi talks about how he experienced COVID-19 as the CEO of University College London Hospitals. During the coronavirus pandemic the Dutch physician was responsible for the coordination of hospital and ITU search for all the hospitals in the northern and central part of London, a challenging and uncertain task.

In the fight against COVID-19, Dr Jeroen Nieuwland has created a quick and cheap coronavirus test that can be done almost anywhere. The Dutch researcher and Senior Lecturer in Genetics developed the test together with colleague Dr Emma Hayhurst at the University of South Wales. The test uses a different method and chemicals to the current accredited tests, avoiding any supply bottlenecks for the components.

How have low- and middle-income countries responded to COVID-19, and what can the Europe learn from that? Nina van der Mark, Research Analyst at the Centre for Universal Health (Chatham House), talks about the resilience and innovation countries have shown and why it’s important that the pandemic’s data should be recorded differently.

Kick-Off Event —

In association with the Embassy of The Netherlands, the Dutch Academic Network in the UK (DANinUK) was officially launched in January 2020, attended by the Dutch Minister for Education, Culture & Science, Ingrid van Engelshoven; the Dutch Ambassador Simon Smits; and various Dutch and British stakeholders.

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Image credit: Tom Roberts

Contact Us

DANinUK is run by Dutch volunteers for Dutch nationals working in Higher Education and (academic) research institutions in the United Kingdom.

Board Members

Role Name Contact
Chair Martijn Zwijnenburg [web]
Secretary Nathalie van Meurs [web]
Treasurer Ewoud Compeer [web]
Event & PR Lotte de Winde [web]
Event & PR Milou van Poppel [web]
Website Mark Schenk [web]
Niek Buurma [web]

Regional Representatives

In order to facilitate local meet-ups, and mentoring support, DANinUK has local chapters.

Region Name Contact
Greater London Martijn Zwijnenburg [web]
North England Christina van der Feltz-Cornelis [web]
Scotland Esther Mijers [web]
South-East England (excl. London) Ewoud Compeer [web]
South-West England Mark Schenk [web]
South Wales Niek Buurma [web]
The Netherlands Lotte de Winde [web]