Vereniging voor Ordinatie en Classificatie
Dutch/Flemish Classification Society


The Dutch/Flemish classification society VOC, which stands for: Vereniging voor Ordinatie en Classificatie, was founded January 13, 1989. Since June 28, 1989, the VOC is a member of the International Federation of Classification Societies (IFCS).

The main goals of the VOC

  1. Promotion of communication and collaboration to those who are scientifically interested in the use, development, and application of ordination and classification methods.
  2. To be a society with members from various scientific disciplines and actively stimulate the cross-disciplinary use and spread of classification and ordination knowledge in The Netherlands and Belgium.

Activities of the VOC

  1. The society organizes scientific meetings each year. These meetings are usually held in the Autumn or Spring.
  2. The VOC publishes, once or twice a year, a newsletter for its members.
  3. The VOC maintains contacts with the International Federation of Classification Societies as well as with Dutch related societies such as the Vereniging voor Statistiek (VVS).


The VOC board currently consists of seven persons. The board members are elected by the VOC members for a period of 3 years. The elections are held during the general assembly which is held annually during the Spring meeting. For the current term, the board members are

  • Mark de Rooij (chairman)
  • Kathrin Gruber (secretary)
  • Tom Wilderjans (treasurer)
  • Pieter Schoonees (newsletter editor)
  • Gerjen Tinnevelt
  • Matthijs Warrens
  • Carel Peeters