Eppo Bruins

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Eppo Bruins
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Bruins (2017)
Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
2 December 2015
Personal details
Born (1969-09-19) 19 September 1969 (age 48)
Apeldoorn, Netherlands
Political party ChristianUnion
Alma mater Utrecht University

Eppo Egbert Willem Bruins (born 19 September 1969) is a Dutch politician and physicist. He has been a member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands for the ChristianUnion since 2 December 2015. He previously served as director of the Technologiestichting STW (nl) between 2007 and 2015.


Bruins was born on 19 September 1969 in Apeldoorn.[1] He followed the voorbereidend wetenschappelijk onderwijs at the Myrtus College in his hometown between 1982 and 1987. Bruins subsequently went to Utrecht University to study physics and graduated in 1991. Afterwards he became a PhD student at the Stichting voor Fundamenteel Onderzoek der Materie (nl) for four years. In 1995 he obtained his PhD in maths and physics from Utrecht University with a thesis entitled "The magnetic form factor of the neutron".[1]

Bruins travelled to the United States to become a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he worked between 1995 and 1997. He then returned to the Netherlands and became a project coordinator at his former training institute, the Stichting voor Fundamenteel Onderzoek der Materie. He left the Stichting in February 2004 to become director of the Leids Instituut voor Onderzoek in de Natuurkunde. In January 2007 he became director of the Technologiestichting STW (nl) and left early December 2015.[1] During his term as director the funding of the STW increased by a factor of 1.5.[2]


Bruins was a member of the Christian Democratic Appeal until 2011, when he switched over to the ChristianUnion.[3] In the parliamentary elections of 2012 Bruins was number six on the ChristianUnion list and was not elected.[3] On 2 December 2015 Bruins became member of the House of Representatives for the ChristianUnion, he replaced Arie Slob.[4] He had previously served as editor-in-chief of the magazine of ChristianUnion's scientific institute.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Bruins became religious at age 18. He first belonged to the Reformed Association in the Protestant Church in the Netherlands and later became a Baptist.[1][3] Bruins is the second Baptist member of the House of Representatives, preceded by Janmarc Lenards (nl).[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Dr. E.E.W. (Eppo) Bruins" (in Dutch). Parlement.com. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "STW-directeur Eppo Bruins verder als Kamerlid" (in Dutch). STW. 10 November 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d Gerard Beverdam (10 November 2015). "Eppo Bruins verruilt wetenschap voor politiek" (in Dutch). Nederlands Dagblad. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Eppo Bruins nieuw Tweede Kamerlid voor de ChristenUnie" (in Dutch). Parlement.com. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 

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