Netspar is a foundation. Our mission, strategy, action plan, and budget are all determined by the partners (from the pension industry and academic institutions) under the foundation umbrella. We pursue our activities through the Netspar Center, an operational unit of Tilburg University.

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The Netspar Foundation is composed of a:

  • Foundation Board: Highest representative body; sets strategy and appoints members to the Supervisory Board.
  • Supervisory Board: Sees to it that the board does the right things and does them right. Approves the budget and annual accounts;
  • Board: Planning and execution. The board is comprised of one member, who is also the General Director of Netspar Center.

The main advisory bodies and people are the:

The scientific quality of the Netspar research is evaluated by an independent Scientific Council that reports to the Supervisory Board. The structure, composition, and operations of the Foundation Board, the Supervisory Board and the Board are spelled out in the bylaws of the Netspar Foundation. Meanwhile, the Netspar rules and regulations the terms and conditions for partnerships and elucidate the network’s various governing bodies.

All activities performed by Netspar are managed by the Netspar Center, part of Tilburg University. The Netspar Center has a board made up of a general director, scientific director and a managing director.

The board is advised on research and education matters by the Partner Research Council, on which partners from industry and academia are represented. The Editorial Board, which is made up of academics and partners, evaluates (and supervises) the industry-specific Netspar papers and advises the board on the Thesis Awards. The research program is coordinated by the program coordinators. They advise the board on the research agenda. Events, communications, relations management, project control, and operations are all handled by the Netspar Center.

Last modified July 26, 2022

Netspar, Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement, is a thinktank and knowledge network. Netspar is dedicated to promoting a wider understanding of the economic and social implications of pensions, aging and retirement in the Netherlands and Europe.


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