Dr Bonnie Wolff-Boenisch appointed as the new CESSDA Director

7 March 2022

Dr Bonnie Wolff-Boenisch has been appointed as the new CESSDA Director. Her five-year term will begin on 1 April 2022.

Dr Wolff-Boenisch has over twenty years of experience in international research organisations. The General Assembly appointed her after a unanimous vote in February 2022.

Regarding her appointment, she says:  “I am thrilled to join CESSDA in these exciting times. I am very much looking forward to getting to know CESSDA’s member organisations and partners. The organisation has a lot to offer to the social science research community, and beyond, and I intend to make sure that its services meet the needs of researchers. I will use my expertise to build on CESSDA’s successes and continue to promote the results of social science research to a wider audience.”

She follows Ron Dekker, whose mandate ended on 28 February. She will be based at the main office in Bergen joining a team of twelve staff members.


The Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) aims to form a European infrastructure for the social sciences, where researchers can go for data, tools, advice and knowledge exchange. DANS is a member of CESSDA and is involved in several projects of CESSDA. From the Technical Framework and Tools working groups, DANS contributes to developing and implementing new data services. In the field of Training, DANS contributes to training materials and data management courses for social scientists and trainers (such as the CESSDA Data Management Expert Guide). In addition, DANS is active within the Trust working group that deals with the certification of European data archives.

More information

Read the full news item by CESSDA here.

Image: Dr Bonnie Wolff-Boenisch (credits: CESSDA).

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Ricarda Braukmann Ph.D.

Data Station Manager Social Sciences