Ann Brysbaert is the new director of the Netherlands Institute at Athens

The NIA is happy to announce that Prof. dr. Ann Brysbaert has been appointed as Director of the Netherlands Institute at Athens by the Executive Board of the University of Amsterdam. From 1 March 2022 onwards, she succeeds dr. Winfred van de Put who returns back to the Netherlands after having served 7.5 years as Director at NIA. Ann Brysbaert is professor Ancient Technologies, Materials and Crafts and has been working with these themes within the context of Greek and East Mediterranean Archaeology for over 30 years. As such, she brings the alfa-beta-gamma disciplines together in her research and teaching. In her new capacity, Ann returns to Athens from the University of Leiden where she will remain in service part-time. Over the years, she established a wide network in Greece and beyond of people at other foreign institutes and schools, at the antiquity authorities, universities, and museums and heritage organisations.

Ann Brysbaert studied Archaeology (MA, KULeuven) and Conservation of Archaeological Materials (BSc. Honors, UCL, London). After she worked several years in the field and in museums as conservator of archaeological remains, she received her PhD at Glasgow University. Following this, she held several academic positions: at the University of Leicester, DIKEMES-CYA (Athens), Université Bordeaux Montaigne, Heidelberg University, Glasgow University, and, since 2013, at Leiden University. Between 2015 and 2022, she was Principal Investigator of the ERC Consolidator project ‘SETinSTONE’, and she was director of research in the Board of the Faculty of Archeology (2016-18).

(Please click here for the full Press release on the website of the University of Amsterdam)

We sincerely thank Ann’s predecessor Winfred van de Put for the time and energy he devoted to the NIA and for the inspiring way he built the fundaments and created the conditions that allowed the Institute to engage in new collaborations and tackle new academic subjects. We wish him and his family the best of luck in the Netherlands and we really hope to see him again soon.