This year the JM Burgers Centre (JMBC) exists fifteen years as the Dutch researchschool on fluid mechanics accredited by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences.The JMBC was accredited for the first time in 1992. Thereafter (in 1997 and 2002)re-accreditations were achieved. Recently we received information from the academy,that our research school was re-accredited again for a new period. The internationalpeer panel that visited and evaluated the JMBC in September 2006 was extremelyimpressed with the quality and scope of fluid mechanics research in The Netherlands.It stated in its report:“This research is clearly of an international stature, very visible throughhigh-quality publications in high-quality journals, and yet of great relevance to theDutchindustry.The JMBC provides the Dutch industry and technological institutes withscientific personnel who are very qualified in fluid mechanics. The JMBC plays aninstrumental role in sustaining this high level of researchand education, bycreating acritical mass and a coherent network of fluid mechanics research groups inThe Netherlands. The Burgers professors have become an established and pivotalinstrument for increased international visibility of Dutchfluid mechanics. The JMBCsignificantly enhances interaction between industry,technological institutes andacademic institutions through the activities of the Industrial Advisory Board, theProgramme Committee and the subject-based Contact Groups. The JMBC is importantfor creating networks among PhD students and between students, professors andindustrial partners. This is achieved through the PhD courses, the annual Burgers Day,and the Contact Group meetings. All these activities haveavery positive effect onfluid mechanics research and education in The Netherlands.”As former and current scientific directors of the JMBC we are proud about theseachievements and highly value the large effort of the JMBC groups in this respect.We hope that the reader will enjoy this book issued on the occasion of the fifteenthanniversary of the research school. It contains two autobiographical notes fromBurgers; one about his early years in his parental home and the other about his studyyears at Leiden University. Moreover it contains many research highlights of JMBCgroups from the last fifteen years. We are confident that the JMBC will continue to playits important role in stimulating fluid mechanics research in The Netherlands.
Preface by the former and currentscientific director of the JMBC