Hester Aardse (curator and advisor urban heritage) is the director of PARS and a Rijksakademie Fellow.

PARS is an arts and sciences organisation led by art historian Hester Aardse and poet Astrid Alben. It invites artists and scientists to share their most revealing, beautiful, funny, and mind-boggling research around particular topics. Additionally the organisation curates events that are a mixture of performing art and scientific experiments.