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Hester Bijl

Rector Magnificus

Prof.dr.ir. H. Bijl
+31 71 527 3057

Professor Hester Bijl is Rector Magnificus of Leiden University.

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Hester Bijl is rector magnificus of Leiden University. In this capacity, she is responsible for: 

  • Academic teaching
  • Scientific research
  • Professorial appointments
  • Academic integrity
  • Knowledge security
  • Partnerships LERU and UNA Europe
  • Development of Leiden Bio Science Park 

Hester Bijl is Professor of Numerical Mathematics at the Mathematical Institute of the Faculty of Science. She is also a member of the Supervisory Board of TNO and commissioner of Impuls Zeeland, the Regional Development Agency. Bijl is also a board member of the Leiden Bio Science Park.  

Hester Bijl studied Applied Mathematics at Delft University of Technology, where she also obtained a PhD in numerical mathematics in 1999. She also obtained a master's degree in English Language and Literature from Leiden University. For her research on applications of numerical fluid dynamics in aerospace and wind energy technology, she received, among other things, person-oriented grants from NWO. She was a member of the first cohort of the Young Academy of the KNAW and also served on its board. From 1999 to 2003, she was a visiting researcher at NASA Langley Research Center for several periods. 

Before coming to Leiden in 2016, where she was appointed vice-rector magnificus, Bijl spent 17 years at Delft University of Technology's Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, where she eventually held the position of dean.

Rector Magnificus

  • College van Bestuur

Work address

Oude UB
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Room number A.2.06


Professor Numerical mathematics

  • Science
  • Mathematisch Instituut
  • Mathematisch Instituut

Work address

Niels Bohrweg 1
2333 CA Leiden


  • Impuls Zeeland Commissaris
  • Stichting Praesidium Libertatis I Lid bestuur
  • Stichting Praesidium Libertatis II Lid bestuur
  • TNO Lid Raad van Toezicht
  • Stichting Leiden Bio Science Park Lid bestuur
  • Libertatis Ergo Holding (LEH) Bestuurder van de enig aandeelhouder
  • Stichting Universitair Sportcentrum Universiteit Leiden Lid Raad van Toezicht
  • Yayasan KITLV Jakarta Lid Raad van Toezicht
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