Ellen Bastiaens-Krabbe

Acting Director

After obtaining my PhD in educational science, I developed myself as an experienced project manager in the educational domain. In recent years, I have initiated and developed various programmes at the intersection of policy and strategy and educational innovation. In doing so, I build networks with stakeholders in the faculties and look for connecting ideas and people. Paraphrasing Hannibal (without a cigar): “I love it when ideas/people come together”.

In my role as acting director, I will focus on strengthening the current profile of EDLAB as the vibrant heart of education innovation at Maastricht University while developing a proposal to turn it into a fully-fledged Teaching & Learning Centre.

The focus will be on strengthening the cooperation between the faculties and the central organisation and creating more links between the various activities. All ingredients are already available at Maastricht University to achieve an even stronger position on Learning and Innovation; I look forward to finding the optimal way to integrate these ingredients to create a strong profile for our organisation.

Walter Jansen

Senior Coordinator Innovation


Before joining EDLAB in 2015, I gained substantial teaching experience in the European Studies Bachelor’s programme at the UM faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and worked at UM offices in Bangalore and Brussels. I currently coordinate university-wide education innovation projects, activities and strategic initiatives related to education innovation. Throughout my work I have engaged with topics such as PBL – instructional design, constructive alignment, international classroom, groupwork, self-regulated learning, and assessment. Next to this, I am a mentor and teach European history courses in the BA European Studies and at the University College. A structural interest of mine: the history, role and conceptualization of Bildung in higher education.

Lena Gromotka

Junior Coordinator Innovation

When growing up I was the “annoying” little kid who always kept asking questions. I asked questions about how thunderstorms were created, how planes fly, or why we must study for grades in school when all interesting things were happening right outside the school window. Now after a high school degree, a BSc. in Psychology, and a MSc. in the topic of Learning, I find myself keep asking questions. Questions on how we can make learning a collaborative effort, how we can support students in their learning journey and how we can bring the interesting things from outside the classroom into the classroom. As a junior education innovation coordinator, I am inspired to keep asking the right questions to the right people, connect with inspiring educators and support projects that enrich education at UM. Hello, I am Lena and if you have any questions, ideas, or suggestions regarding education, please do not hesitate to write me an email.

Oscar van den Wijngaard

Senior Project Manager


I studied history and philosophy in Leiden, and joined University College Maastricht in the Spring of 2003, shortly after it was founded. Previously I had worked as director for a study abroad programme of an American liberal arts college, and as a free-lance editor for several publishing houses. At UCM I contributed to curriculum development, taught courses in the humanities as well as skills, and I was coordinator of its academic advising programme. To me, the collaborative process of teaching and learning reflects the idea of scholarship as described by Ernest Boyer, in which the discovery and integration of new knowledge go hand in hand with application and teaching. In my current project I look at potential causes and solutions for student drop-out in the first year.

Donna Carroll

Senior Educational Training Developer


I love learning new things in all avenues of my life. It helps me to see things from different perspectives, provides me with fresh ideas, and keeps me motivated to continually challenge myself. I’ve been lucky to have worked in a variety of roles at UK and Dutch universities in innovation, management, educational development and lecturing. I’m delighted that in my role at EDLAB I have the opportunity to provide others with stimulating opportunities for their own development as I’m responsible for the Continual Professional Development training activities for university teaching staff. Get in touch to talk to me further about our offering or your training needs!

Eveline Persoon

EDLAB Programming and Logistics Coordinator


Education has always been a major passion of mine and quickly resulted in a bachelor’s degree in education as a primary school teacher. Driven to know more about learning, cognition and development of the mind I decided to study psychology at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience (FPN) at Maastricht University. After graduating with a Master’s in Developmental Psychology, I applied for a teaching position at FPN that quickly resulted in the merging of my major interests: education and psychology. I have been part of the UM teaching community since 2016 and in my current position as Programming and Logistics Coordinator at EDLAB I am mainly involved in organising Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Educational Services’ activities for university teaching staff. Please get in touch if you have any questions or suggestions for a workshop, training or other CPD activity.

Lonneke Bevers

Assessment Expert

After studying chemistry, obtaining a PhD in biochemistry and spending several years as a post-doc in the field of tumor immunology, I see myself as a living example of what I always tell my students: it is not so much what you study – the content – that matters, but the skills you develop. I have drifted away from my field of study and am now mainly involved in teacher development and support. In the autumn of 2007, I started working at Maastricht University, partly as a science coordinator at UCM and partly as a researcher at Maastricht School of Health Professions Education. I have gained experience in all kinds of roles, from lecturer to academic advisor, from tutor to coordinator. With that experience and my enthusiasm for educational development and innovation, I am keen to help others get the best out of themselves and their teaching in such a way that it benefits the learning process of the student.

Iris Burks

Project Manager UM Advising

I am intrigued by the growth process students go though in University, and enjoy walking along next to them on their journey. After my own graduation, first from University College Maastricht and later Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences in Leiden, I fulfilled several Education Development related roles in the (then new) Liberal Arts and Sciences programmes; Maastricht Science Programme and University College Venlo. A red thread through those years, has been my coordination of the Offices of Academic and Student Advising of these colleges. In 2020 I became the chair of the UM network of student guidance staff, a role I now combine with the position of Project Manager UM Advising, a joint venture by SSC and EDLAB. I am curious, enjoy an innovative challenge, and love to connect ideas and people together. Feel free to get in touch about Student Success, Student/Academic Advising and related topics.

Barend Last

Project Manager

Barend Last (1986) started out as a primary school teacher, where his passion for educational innovation arose. He was especially interested in the question: ‘Why do we do what we do?’ and therefore moved on to the scientific world. He has worked as a consultant, manager and instructional designer in various educational settings. He now works as an educational advisor at Maastricht University. Here he is tasked with the implementation of blended learning. Barend is the author of the book ‘Blended learning and education design: From theory to practice’, which was published in 2021.

Fabienne Crombach

Senior Coordinator Excellence Education


With a background in hospitality and business administration, I see myself as a versatile, enthusiastic all-rounder with a no-nonsense mentality.
Due to a very versatile job history in diverse and international fields of business, I have gained a lot of practical and hands-on experience in running projects.
My goal is to create an inspirational environment for our excellence students, that is conducive to a high-quality learning experience. Coordinating these programmes combines my passions for organising and being in close contact with talented students, staff, and companies. I highly enjoy the interaction with students and their drive to learn and excel. Their enthusiasm and motivation are contagious and something to be admired. You will find that I am a strategic planner with organisation skills, practical good sense, passion for my work and a lot of creativity.

Tatiana Topa

Junior Coordinator Excellence Education

Working with students has always been a passion of mine, and their ambition to learn and develop has quickly become my motivation to support them in their educational journey. During my Master in European Law at Maastricht University, I took part in PREMIUM, a stimulating and enriching programme that definitely broadened my area of knowledge and interest, as well as my network. Wishing to share my experience and encourage motivated students to challenge themselves, I became an ambassador of the programme, thus improving my organisational skills and the ability to communicate with students. Now, I am glad to have the opportunity to continue promoting excellence at Maastricht University and support high-performance students go the extra mile. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about PREMIUM or Honours +.

Sueli Brodin

Communications Advisor

My French father made a felicitous mistake when he registered my birth in Rio de Janeiro in the summer of 1966. To highlight my Brazilian mother’s Japanese ancestry, my parents decided to give me an additional Japanese name, Kiyomi. At the registry office, however, my father forgot the first “i” and this tiny mistake inadvertently changed my name’s meaning from “pure beauty” into “interest” 😉

I feel a strong affinity with my Japanese name because for as long as I can remember, I have always had an inquisitive mind and multiple fields of interest. I have a genuine eagerness to discover, observe, search for connections, understand, learn and share. EDLAB’s commitment to education innovation inspires me. As Confucius said, “Never be tired of learning or teaching others!”

Marie-Lou Mestrini

Office Manager


I have been affiliated with Maastricht University as a managing assistant for more than 15 years. I am originally from the Limburg region, where I studied language (French, Spanish) and completed my secretarial training. Over the years I have lived in France, Belgium, Israel (becoming fluent in Hebrew). Before joining the University, I was an entrepreneur running a successful family restaurant. Over the past years, I have assisted the Management Board of FHS with all administrative, organisation and operational matters especially the dean and director. Acting as a first point of contact for my managing team, as well as parties from both inside and outside this international organisation, is what I enjoy most.

Isabelle Bastiaens

Student Assistant

I am a very curious and open-minded person towards new things. I like learning new things. When I was 15 years old, I started working in the hospitality service as a waitress (and I still am). During the time working in this sector, I learned many new skills and improved the ones I already had. My job taught me how to communicate and collaborate with others professionally and efficiently, how to adapt a flexible attitude and how to respond professionally to feedback and questions.

When I started studying medicine here at Maastricht University, I also became a member of a committee of an international medical student association which organises the annual Teddy Bear Hospital at MUMC+. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic this helped me with thinking outside the box.

In the same period, I also started working here at EDLAB. You can find me doing all sorts of things, e.g., designing posters, researching different topics, and creating a module in Canvas. The diversity of my tasks is what makes the job interesting. The thing I like most, is when I get the chance to be creative. I actually have been passionate about painting and drawing since I was little, so I’ll try to apply my creativity whenever I can 🙂

Bianca Massacci

Student Assistant

I joined EDLAB as a Student Assistant for the TEE (Technology Enhanced Education) research project. This work has allowed me to combine my academic skills in data science with my interest in education. I have supported the research project in tasks such as rebuilding part of the EDLAB’s website, performing a literature review for different research projects, and assisting the development of a pilot programme that focuses on hybrid education at Maastricht University.

What I love the most about this position is the opportunity to participate firsthand in the development and improvement of the educational offer at my learning institution.

Paula Aldaz Laquidain

Student Assistant

I am a third-year student at University College Venlo undertaking a Liberal Arts & Science degree with a special interest in Nutrition, Health, and Disease. I recently joint the EDLAB team as one of the Student Assistants where I support research into education. I am mainly working on a pilot programme focused on hybrid education and the improvement of Canvas, its development and support to professors.

The best part of this job is to take part on the investigation of different methods of teaching and learning to improve and make the best education for Maastricht university.

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EDLAB collaborates with everyone involved in education at Maastricht University: teachers, researchers, management, supporting staff, and last but not least, students.

The engagement of students and staff is at the heart of all EDLAB initiatives!