New BirdEyes member: Gerda van Calker

My name is Gerda van Calker. As of September 1, 2023, I will start as a Business Coordinator within the BirdEyes research group. 

I have been working at the University of Groningen for over 30 years, where I have performed various financial and administrative activities. I also acquired the necessary knowledge during my HBO Bachelor of Business Economics.

I am currently Business Coordinator at the Van Swinderen Institute. This institute, like BirdEyes, belongs to the Faculty of Science and Engineering of the University of Groningen. In recent years I have also worked as a project controller at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences of the University of Groningen.

In my spare time you can find me regularly at the fitness center.

With my years of experience at the RUG, I hope to help the BirdEyes flock navigate the often challenging financial and administrative landscape, and so contribute to the further development of the BirdEyes research centre.

You can reach me on Wednesdays and Thursdays on telephone number 06-31921930. Of course you can also email me. My email address is:

I look forward to our collaboration within and with BirdEyes.

Centre for global ecological change at the University of Groningen

Birdeyes is a science and creative centre that views the world - almost literally - through the eyes of birds. More and more birds are flying around with tiny transmitters, loggers and other high technology on their backs and legs. This generates an unimaginable amount of information. By cleverly combining such data with other sources of information, and by using new ways to tell stories and share the insights with, BirdEyes strives to open up a new knowledge network. The centre aims to be an innovative part of the University of Groningen and is linked to the Rudolph Agricola School for Sustainable Development. BirdEyes, with empirical and inspirational roots in the farthest corners of the world.

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