Last Friday he was, as is customary in science, questioned by a committee of professors. The questions touched upon the different subjects he wrote about in his thesis: theory, field experiments and the model he created using his experimental data. Even a question that bordered on social/political science was asked by one of the committee members. We are very proud, as Mart kept his cool and did not let himself be coaxed into giving answers outside his comfort zone. He kept to what he knew based on his research. Overall: very well done and congratulations! He was handed his diploma which was received with loud applause and cheers. His daily supervisor, Prof. Dr. Chris Smit, gave a nice speech, which of course featured the story of Mart, the rental car and fifteen goats. The day was completed with a nice party.
Mart will continue working in our group as a junior lecturer, combining teaching with research. We wish him the best of luck!
His supervisors were: prof. dr. Max Rietkerk, prof. dr. Martin Wassen, prof. dr. Chris Smit.
Committee members: prof. Dr. Susana Bautista, prof. Dr. Johan van de Koppel, prof. Dr. Hans de Kroon, prof. Dr. George Kowalchuk.