Robert van Gorcom will be the new director of RIKILT - Institute for Food Safety - from 1 January next year. He will succeed André Bianchi who will channel his efforts to the Central Veterinary Institute in Lelystad. This was disclosed by Aalt Dijkhuizen on 11 November at RIKILT.
There was no formal appointment procedure for the successor of Bianchi. 'We were eyeing two good candidates within our organization, and one of them has declined', says Dijkhuizen. Since Robert van Gorcom remained as an unchallenged candidate, an appointment procedure was not needed in our view. This is permitted in extreme exceptions. Luckily, the OR has given its approval yesterday.'
Van Gorcum, a molecular biologist by education, has worked for seven years in the institute.
He will inform his colleagues about his future plans during the new year breakfast on 4 January.