In a nutshell…
I am not a desk jockey, am jargon-averse and have three modes of reasoning: scholarly / theoretical / pensive (thinker) + practical / (pro)active / energetic (doer) + tired / private (“off“).
For those of you who don’t know that: I don’t always gel particularly well with the English culture and lifestyle – and that’s an understatement. I felt much more at home in the US, with which I clicked fine, completely unexpectedly. I did not fit in very well in Dutch culture either (though the Dutch are certainly well-organized as well as progressive and have high standards, generally speaking). People in parts of Spain, on the other hand, were also very comfortable with me, but that was a long time ago; I’ve changed and am a lot less chatty than I used to be.
I am not into consumerism and status symbols. I am a feminist. I like organising and running all sorts of things and also enjoy entertaining people in various ways (which can be on a very small scale, just to get people to smile and/or push them out of a bad funk). I tend to function as a catalyst; that seems to be my inescapable role in life.
Below are a few selected bits and pieces (with links) about me.
- Member April 2003 – end 2008
- 2020: Various NAM/APHA webinars that count as CE, including topics like health disparities
- 2020: Various webinars (STAT, Digital Digest, My Life My Say etc) about topics such as also the food situation in the UK
Geochemical Society (US-based)
- Newsletter editor Dec 1998 – Feb 2010
Law (English): HarvardX Law School (EDX), pro se/LIP (UK) etc
- From Trust to Promise to Contract 2015
NIMF Foundation (Network for women in science and technology)
- Board member and member of many committees; co-organizer of two symposia and panel member for a later symposium 1988 -2004:
- Board member Environmental Chemistry (and Toxicology) Section Mar 2001 – Sep 2004
- Advanced Learners Course 2010-2011 (Take Part)
- Member Portsmouth Environmental Forum Mar 2009 – Aug 2010 (dismantled)
- Member Toastmasters of The Hague Apr 2003 – Jul 2004
- Bioethics – the ethics of everyday life
- Entry qualification: Atheneum-B with great distinction (Coriovallum College, 1978)
- MSc with distinction (earth science, 1993)
- Additional diploma (chemical oceanography, 1993)
- Combined with two evening courses at the Netherlands School for Journalism (1993)
- Followed by four years of PhD research (marine biogeochemistry) for universities in the US (USF) and the UK (Plymouth/Southampton)
- Self-employed since October 1997 combined with various courses and workshops
Various other organisations besides KNCV (#12421) such as Dutch KNGMG, American Society for Microbiology (#55207518), GAIA, women on the web (Nl) and American Geophysical Union
- Former member for 10 to 20 years; I eventually let go of my memberships after I moved to the UK
Before I went into science – and briefly overlapping – I worked in tourism and hospitality in Amsterdam. I also lived in the city of Leiden for a while, where I studied the German language and literature for one semester.
All over the world, people were losing their homes at the time because of the subprime mortgage crisis in banking. I, however, became the target of, well, let’s call it extensive bullying of all kinds. Often sadistic. Not exactly a laughing matter. (See also THIS PAGE and THIS PAGE because it appears to describe it well. It’s considered “sadistic stalking” by forensic psychologist Lorraine Sheridan.)
(I was also attacked in England once, earlier, within a bullying context. See this post.)
It didn’t stop after I lost my home, it got worse. I have no good idea of what drives English people to do such things to random strangers other than that it seems to have a lot to do with inequality and appearances (perceived – i.e. sometimes merely imagined – weaknesses).
Local leaders – not that particular mayor, I hasten to add – have indicated that what I am dealing with are local cultural issues that I will just have to get used to. Really?
It included increasingly vicious sadism (including animal torture), has gone on for over twelve years and it still goes on. It’s vicious and vile and nasty and has done a tremendous amount of damage of all kinds.
If that is truly what Portsmouth is truly like then, well… then. But this viciousness seems to be part of the English cultural makeup. The English do unspeakable things to each other and to others, things that should get them a prison sentence of one or two decades. But everyone shrugs about it unless it somehow goes viral on social media and the consensus swings against it. It’s not a local thing – even though the locals may think that it is and that it means that they’re superheroes or something.