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Dr Rinke Vinkenoog

Rinke works at Northumbria University as the Programme Leader for a Masters programme, leading the programme, informing and overseeing the teaching team, working together with recruitment officers here and overseas.

Rinke organised and ran events to commemorate 150 years of On the Origin of Species and 200 years since the birth of Charles Darwin. Over the years, he has presented his research at the NHSN Friday Night Talks. Rinke has run activities and information stalls in the Hancock Museum for the general public. More recently Rinke contributed to Bumblebees of North East England and helped supporters with Bumblebee identification.

Rinke is active with schools, other societies and youth groups to encourage outdoor learning. As a STEM ambassador he regularly visits primary, middle and high schools to talk about biological topics. Rinke regularly works with Beekeeper Societies and other initiatives in our region, giving public talks for interested groups on topics of ecology, nature conservation and evolution.

“Over the years I have worked with NHSN on a number of occasions and encouraged my students to get involved in NHSN activities. I am delighted to be joining to help contribute to their exciting plans.”