Jos Kleinjans receives Medallion of Honour

On 4 May 2022, on his retirement from Maastricht University, Prof. dr. Jos Kleinjans, professor of Environmental Health Science at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML) was awarded the Maastricht University Medallion of Honour. Jos Kleinjans received the decoration for his exceptional services to UM as a pioneer in shaping education and research in the broad field of Environmental Health Science.

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Jos Kleinjans receives the Medallion of Honour
Prof. Annemie Schols, dean of FHML, and prof. Jos Kleinjans

From the early beginnings of the Rijksuniversiteit Limburg, Jos was involved in positioning education and research within the faculties of Medicine and Health Sciences, and later FHML. He played a pioneering role in setting up education in the broad field of Environmental Health Science. This started with the establishment of the Environmental Health Science (EHS) programme, which later resulted in a chair with the same name. The EHS programme was innovative and unique in its kind, incomparable to any other course in the Netherlands.

Visionary outlook

Simultaneously with these successes in education, Jos made great strides with his new scientific research in the context of national and especially international (EU) projects. What lay behind the series of successes in European project applications was the fact that Jos saw the potential impact of innovative techniques in toxicological research like no other. This enabled him to introduce emerging technologies in project applications and to start collaborating with the right partners at the right time.

Throughout his academic career, with his visionary outlook and sometimes unconventional approach, Jos strengthened the reputation of education and research at Maastricht University, in the Netherlands, in the Euregion, in Europe and far beyond. In the years to come, many more researchers will benefit from his legacy.