About us

The Eugène Dubois Foundation was established to bring greater renown to the versatile Dutch scientist Eugène Dubois (Eijsden, 1858-Haelen, 1940).

The Eugène Dubois Foundation (Eijsden) was established in September 2010 and has three main objectives:

  • Promoting awareness of the scientific work of Eugène Dubois, particularly in the field of evolutionary biology.
  • Stimulating interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary knowledge, particularly of innovative nature, related to evolution and human science.
  • Promoting initiatives and activities communicating science to wide audiences (academic as well as non-academic).

The foundation seeks to achieve its objectives by acquiring grants and funds, the establishment and maintenance of the (annually rotating) Eugène Dubois Chair at Maastricht University, and by deploying public activities around Dubois and topics related to him as a person and to his scientific work (lectures; publications; advise to interested parties; educational projects; exhibitions).

Board members
Prof. Dr. Joep Geraedts (1948) (chairman) – emeritus Maastricht University (2013), professor Genetics and cell biology; former head Department Clinical Genetics AZM.

Prof. dr. Wim Buurman (1948) – emeritus Maastricht University, professor of Metabolism and immunity.

Ir. Harry Fekkers (1949) – former board advisor Maastricht University.

Ir. Jean Pierre de Warrimont (1948) – a former physicist at DSM. Special interests: palaeolithic archaeology Euregion Meuse-Rhine; history Eugène Dubois.

Ms. Sueli Brodin (1966) – Communications advisor at EDLAB, Maastricht University; Special interests: communications and modern media, languages, history.

Ir. Guy Dubois (1987) – works in the development of technology. He studied human and technology interaction at the University of Eindhoven

Prof Dr Leon Claessens (L.P.A.M.) – Professor of Vertebrate Paleontology and Evolution, and Dean of the Maastricht Science Programme, a unique Liberal Arts and Sciences Programme with exceptional strength in the Natural Sciences. Claessens has more than 25 years of teaching experience at the university level, with specific expertise in education in the Liberal Arts and Sciences tradition. His research focuses on the paleobiology and evolution of vertebrates.

Drs. Joep Orbons (1964) – After his education in Applied Physics and Archaeology, Joep Orbons worked at an archaeological research foundation of the University of Amsterdam. Presently he works for an archaeological research bureau. Joep conducts archaeological investigations, mainly in the Netherlands, but is also involved as a specialist in worldwide projects in the field of archaeology, mining historical research and forensic research. Joep is also chairman of the foundation that manages the prehistoric flint mine of Rijckholt.

Financial annual report
Our Financial annual reports are accessible online (in Dutch).