Prof. dr. Patricia Osseweijer Patricia Osseweijer awarded the Distinguished Lorentz Fellowship Prize

26 Mar 2015

Prof. dr. Patricia Osseweijer Patricia Osseweijer awarded the Distinguished Lorentz Fellowship Prize

Prof. dr. Patricia Osseweijer will be awarded the Distinguished Lorentz Fellowship Prize 2015/16 on March 26 2015.

16.00: Arrival, coffee and tea
16.30: Welcome by Paul Emmelkamp, Rector of NIAS
16.35: Talk by Patricia Osseweijer "From a Fossil to a Bio-based Economy"
17.20: Presentation of the DLF Award by Sijbolt Noorda, Chair of the NIAS-Lorentz Advisory Board
17.30 - 18.30: Reception
Please register for this event by replying to this email before 19 March 2015.
NIAS Conference Building, Meijboomlaan 1, Wassenaar

Talk: From a Fossil to a Bio-based Economy – Adding Value Combining Science, Technology and Social Science

Patricia Osseweijer will introduce the project that she will be working on during the fellowship, which focusses on the transition to a sustainable bio-based economy. This transition depends both on new technological solutions and social adoption of innovations. While the technology driven research studies what is possible from a techno-economic perspective, the humanities study what is desirable from a societal perspective. Mutual inspiration seem to be hindered by differences in jargon and, more importantly, in thought processes. Both aim for a sustainable bio-based world, but base their problem definitions, analysis and solutions on different worldviews, confusing citizens, policy makers and investors. The art is to allow mutual understanding and respect to create integrated designs taking the complexity of the overall value chains into account in an international setting. So that technology and social development are strengthening each other for a sustainable future.

Patricia Osseweijer is Professor of Science Communication and Group Leader Biotechnology and Society at the Department of Biotechnology, Delft University of Technology.

The Distinguished Lorentz Fellowship
The Distinguished Lorentz Fellowship (DLF) is awarded to a leading scientist working on research that brings together perspectives from the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Technological Sciences. The award consists of a residential fellowship at NIAS, an international workshop at the Lorentz Center and a personal prize of €10,000.
The Fellowship is part of the NIAS-Lorentz Program, promoting cutting-edge interdisciplinary research. Previous DLF's include mathematical economist Cars Hommes, and musicologist Henkjan Honing.