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ABOUT RENS VAN DE SCHOOT
Prof. Dr. Rens van de Schoot works as full professor 'Statistics for Small Data Sets' at Utrecht University in the Netherlands and as extra-ordinary professor North-West University in South-Africa. He has become a member of the Young Academy of The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). This is group of fifty top-researchers (age below 45) selected based on the quality of their research as well as on the ability to communicate science to a broad audience. It is an association inviting only the most-inspiring, academically challenging scholars from any discipline to become a member. He uses this position to promote responsible research practices and transparency amongst scholars, as well as a healthy working environment for scholars in the project called “Livingroom of Science”.
Rens obtained his PhD cum laude on the topic of applying Bayesian statistics to real life data at the Methodology and Statistics department at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. His dissertation was received the APA-award for best dissertation of the division of Quantitative and Qualitative Methods. During his PhD, he advocated the interests of PhD-students within the university as chair of the PhD-council Prout. Rens is also past-president of the Early Researchers Union of the European Association of Developmental Psychology. Before his PhD, Rens had completed a research master programme in Development and Socialization of Children and Adolescents, also cum laude.
In his current research, he focuses on several topics. On the topic of using expert-data to deal with small samples, Rens has received the highly regarded, prestigious VIDI grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) to start one’s own research group. The VIDI grant is awarded to outstanding scholars only: exclusively the top 5% of the international peer group can get this type of funding allocated to them.
Rens takes center stage in the cross section of science and society. He is member of the program board of the think-tank called the FD young circle, scholars, business people and civil servants are collaborating together to find answers to contemporary challenges in Dutch society. Also, he is affiliated with the Dutch National Research Agenda, an organisation collecting questions of curious individuals living in The Netherlands and answers those questions through science. Rens wrote a section in the book resulting from the 2015 questions.
Rens takes center stage in the cross section of science and society.
To stimulate further improvement in science, he organises conferences and is an editor in several specialised journals. Rens is currently the chairman of the Dutch Mplus Users Group, part of the Mplus’s South African division, and a member of the International Multilevel Conference organizing committee. He is associate editor of the European Journal of Developmental Psychology; topic editor for Frontiers in Psychology; and statistical adviser for the European Journal of Psychotraumatology.
Furthermore, Rens van de Schoot works as a statistical consultant on multivariate statistics, structural equation modeling and Bayesian statistics. Specifically, Rens is involved in ongoing consultation projects for the University of Vienna (department of Educational Psychology); North-West University in South-Africa; the Association of Dutch Burns Centres (VSBN); Rutgers Nisso Foundation; and the Netherlands Centre for Graduate and Research Schools in The Netherlands.