Piersma did not hesitate to accept the invitation to join the SER. "I am looking forward to giving my vision on socio-economic issues from my expertise in the field of digitisation. It is my passion and mission to get digitalisation applied in a responsible way. In the SER, I can give advice on important themes. In the other networks I am part of, I can contribute to the development of concrete proposals. In this way, these functions complement each other wonderfully."
HvA Rector Geleyn Meijer is also pleased with Piersma's appointment and what it means for the HBO. "Applied research provides useful and applicable answers to social problems and is the driving force behind the innovative capacity of the Netherlands. It is therefore appropriate that Nanda Piersma, with her expertise and extensive network, is given a place on the SER. The HvA is extremely proud that Nanda is going to hold this position, as the first crown member from the higher professional education sector."
Ton de Kok, director of CWI says: "Nanda bridged the gap between practice-based research on AI at the HvA and the fundamental research on AI at CWI. Besides that she has built up an impressive network within the AI world, allowing her to to quickly connect with stakeholders and contribute to important issues like applications of AI in the energy sector and democratic decision-making."
About the SER
The Social and Economic Council is an advisory body of employees, entrepreneurs and independent experts, the crown members. The council advises the government and parliament on the main lines of socio-economic policy. Members give their vision with an eye to the interests of various parties. In addition, the SER has administrative tasks for the business community, on the basis of the Works Councils Act. Members are appointed for two years.