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Nameprof.dr. PJA van Heijster

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DescriptionProfessor Applied Mathematics
OrganizationDepartment of Plant Sciences
Organization UnitMathematical and Statistical Methods - Biometris
Secretarial phone+31 317 484 085
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  • Adjunct Professor - Queensland University of Technology
    Sep 2020 - Aug 2022

    Adjunct Professor at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Australia

  • Vertegenwoordiger WUR - Platform Wiskunde Nederland (PWN)
    Sep 2020 - Present

    Instituut vertegenwoordiger van de WUR in commissie Onderzoek,

  • Management Team & Bestuur 4TU.AMI - 4TU.AMI (4TU Applied Mathematics Instituut)
    Sep 2020 - Present

  • Research project - Australian Research Council
    Jul 2020 - Jun 2022

    Partner Investigator op het onderzoeksproject DP190102545||New mathematics for understanding complex patterns in the natural sciences||Het project is administrated through Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

  • research project - Australian Research Council
    Jul 2020 - Jun 2023

    Partner Investigator op het onderzoeksproject DP200102130||A Novel Geometric Approach to Shocks in Reaction-Nonlinear Diffusion Models||Het project is administrated through the University of Sydney, Australia.



Prof. dr. Peter van Heijster was a PhD student in applied mathematics at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) under the supervision of Prof. Dr. A. Doelman. In 2009, he received his degree from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Following graduation, he was awarded a NWO Rubicon fellowship to conduct two years of postdoctoral research at Brown University in the USA under the supervision of Prof. B. Sandstede. He then worked as a postdoctoral associate at Boston University in the USA before commencing in august 2012 at QUT as an assistant, and later associate, professor. In September 2020 he started at the WUR as the Chair of Mathematics in Biometris.


Dr van Heijster is a applied analyst and his research focusses on nonlinear dynamics, and in particular on understanding pattern formation. The aim of his research is to get a better understanding of the pattern formation processes in paradigmatic mathematical models and to apply the new insights to more biologically-realistic models. He is particularly interested in the theoretical and mathematical underpinnings of the effects of heterogeneities on pattern formation processes.                

Research interests

  • pattern formation
  • nonlinear dynamics
  • singular perturbation techniques
  • canard theory
  • stability theory
  • Evan’s functions
  • renormalization group methods
  • center manifold reductions
  • travelling waves
  • cell migration & differentiation
  • predator-prey models


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Publication lists

  • MAT-34306 - Stochastic Differential Equations and Data Assimilation
  • MAT-70424 - MSc Internship Mathematical and Statistical Methods
  • MAT-79324 - MSc Research Practice Mathematical and Statistical Methods
  • MAT-80424 - MSc Thesis Mathematical and Statistical Methods
  • MAT-80436 - MSc Thesis Mathematical and Statistical Methods
  • YWU-80324 - BSc Thesis Biosystems Engineering
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