Professor Spaan has been a member of the Supervisory Board of the University of Amsterdam since 1 May 2021. The appointment, by the Minister of Education, Culture and Science, is for a period of 4 years.
Prof. Willy Spaan (1954) is emeritus professor of Fundamental Virology at Leiden University, and from 2015 to 2020 was chair of the board of Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). Spaan has also been chair of the board of the Jeroen Bosch Hospital, chair of the Center for Infectious Diseases and head of the Medical Microbiology Department of the LUMC.
Spaan holds various administrative and supervisory positions. For example, he is vice-chair of the supervisory board of Martini Hospital, he is a member of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport‘s COVID-19 scientific advice panel regarding the coronavirus vaccine, and he is chair of the Deltaplan Pandemic Preparedness set up by Health Holland.
‘The UvA is a broad university and at a top international level across the board. The ambition in the new strategic plan appeals to me very much and I consider it a privilege to be able to contribute to its realisation,’ said Spaan.