Prof. Dr. Sibrandes Poppema

President of the University of Groningen


Professor Poppema serves as the president of the University of Groningen, a position he has held since 2008 and will hold until 2016. Poppema began his studies in Meidcine at the University of Groningen in 1968 before specializing in Pathalogy; his PHD thesis focused upon the Immunopathology of Hodgkin's disease. His career began in 1985 in the Faculty of Immunopathology at the University of Groningen he then served as a professor of Pathology at the University of Alberta and director of Laboratory Medicine at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In 1999 he was appointed dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of Groningen, during this time he introduced the problem based, competency oriented curriculum G2010 and forged the merger of Faculty and Academic Hospital into the University Medical Center Groningen in 2005 and created the Healthy Ageing focus in 2006 with the flagship projects LifeLines and ERIBA. In 2011, he received an appointment as Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Korea in the Northern Netherlands.

Poppema serves on a wide range of committees and boards. He is the Chair of the Board of the Energy Academy Europe, and a member of the supervisory boards of the Energy Delta Institute, Energy Delta Gas Research, and sensor institute INCAS3. He is also a member of the board of the Arab European University Association

Poppema is an expert on Hodgkin's disease and has published around 250 articles that have been cited more than 10,000 times. He has also obtained six patents on CD45 and Galectin and founded two biotech companies.

“The Essential Role Universities Can Play in Cultural Diplomacy”

A Lecture by Prof. Dr. Sibrandes Poppema, President, University of Groningen
The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy 2013
(Berlin; December 17th - 21st, 2013)