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Alumni event

Alumni Career Event Methodology and Statistics Psychology

Thursday 15 February 2024
Faculteit Sociale Wetenschappen
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden

Methodology and Statistics Psychology's Alumni Career Event will take place on 15 February 2024; The moment in the year when alumni catch up, M&S master's students get help with their orientation to the job market and Psychology bachelor students discover whether this could be their future.


18.45 – 19.00 Walk-in and collect badge
19.00 – 19.05 Welcome
19.05 – 19.20 Meet & Mingle with coffee or tea
19.20 – 19.30 Introduction M&S
19.30 – 19.50 Marian Hickendorff
19.50 – 20.10 Marlijn Heijnen
20.10 – 21.00 Speed dates
21.00 – 21.20 Nino Weerman
21.20 – 22.00 Drinks!

Marian Hickendorff, Universiteit Leiden

Associate professor Educational Sciences

Marian Hickendorff

Marian Hickendorff studied Psychology at Leiden University between 2000-2005, where she graduated in two specializations: Methodology and Statistics, and Developmental and Educational Psychology. This dual interest reflected in her next career step: a PhD project on the cutting surface between these two domains, addressing research questions concerning primary school mathematics education with advanced statistical models. After obtaining her PhD in 2011 she kept on working in this area, first as assistant professor in Methodology and Statistics and since 2014 as assistant, and later associate, professor in Educational Sciences. Her main activities include research, teaching, and management tasks.

Marlijn Heijnen, TNO

Scientist - Project lead - Human Machine Teaming -
AI technology - Defense, Safety & Security

Marlijn Heijnen

Marlijn Heijnen already held a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, prior to her application for the masters’ program in Methodology and Statistics. During the M&S Master she did an internship (followed by several work years) at a political party in The Netherlands in which she applied statistical methods to enhance political campaign strategies. However, she wanted to broaden her horizon and applied for the trainee programme of TNO. After 2 years of various assignments at different departments, she landed as a research scientist at the Human Machine Teaming (HMT) department of TNO location Soesterberg. Her work focuses on responsible application of military AI.

Nino Weerman, The Data Story

Senior Data Science Consultant - Specializing in Machine
Learning & Statistical Analyis - Transforming Businesses
with Data Insights

Nino Weerman

Nino Weerman Graduated with a Master’s Degree in Psychology: Methodology & Statistics, after completing a bachelor in psychology. During this course, he did an internship at the ING assessing the psychometric quality of a questionnaire they developed for measuring behavioural risk. After graduation, he worked at the University Amsterdam teaching courses in Psychology and Statistics at the Pre-Master Behavioural Data Science. Currently, he works as a Data Science Consultant at the Data story. Here, he works for customers such as KPN, BNG bank, Action and RTL and – amongst other things – uses machine learning on weather data for predicting which movie or show someone will watch (aimed at keeping people as long as possible on a platform).

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