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Lively discussions at the Annual GEC Scientific Meeting

The Annual GEC Scientific Meeting is an event dedicated to discussions between engineering researchers at the Univ. of Groningen with the purpose of facilitating new cutting-edge joint projects and initiatives.

The first edition, which took place on 30 Jan. and gathered more than 120 participants, achieved this goal. It offered ample opportunities for discussions during the poster session that advertised the research conducted by 4th year PhD students from ENTEG, JBI, UMCG, KVI-CART, ZIAM, GBB, and during the networking breaks. The keynote lecture “ Societal impact of science: are there best practices? ” of Prof. Jaap Schouten, chair of the NWO Applied and Engineering Sciences domain, stimulated lively interaction with the audience. A round table session resulted in constructive feedback on projects and questions pitched by researchers in chemical engineering, nuclear physics, nanotechnology, biophysics, biopharmacy, mechatronics, systems, control and applied analysis. The event ended with an Award Ceremony during which Charissa Roossien (MSc) received the GEC Best PhD Poster Award for the project “Monitoring physical workload” and Dr. Ir. Laurens Polgar received the GEC Best PhD Thesis Award for his study of “Thermoreversible cross-linking of rubber: new approaches towards an old problem.”

Thank you for your participation and we are looking forward to seeing you again next year!

Programme Scientific Meeting (30 January, 151 Bernoulliborg)

11.30-13.00: Poster session and Lunch

13.00-14.00: Lecture: Prof. Jaap Schouten (Chairman of the NWO Applied and Engineering Sciences domain, Member of the NWO Board of Directors) title:

Societal impact of science: are there best practices? (coffee break)

14.00-16.00: Interactive discussions of technological challenges and societal overture of individual research (coffee break)

16.00-17.00: Best thesis award & Best poster award

17.00-18.00: Drinks


Abstract: Societal impact of science: are there best practices?

Achieving societal impact of science is nowadays seen as an important task for the academic community, including not only the researchers themselves, but also policy makers, university managers, institute directors and research funders. This task stands next to the known role of science to advance and transform the frontiers of our knowledge. Here curiosity driven and applied research are mostly seen as two sides of the same coin, where their interaction may set the best conditions to create impact. What is societal impact, how is it achieved, how is it measured, how is it assessed across different discplines (e.g. engineering and social sciences), what is the role of education, and what strategies may be the best? These questions will be addressed in this talk and examples will be shown.

Bio Prof. Jaap Schouten:

From 2017 Jaap Schouten serves on the Executive Board of NWO and is chair of Applied and Engineering Sciences (TTW). He is professor in chemical reactor engineering at TU/e since 1998. From 2011 to 2016 he served as dean at the department Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. He studied chemical engineering at University of Twente (MSc, 1983) and got his PhD at TU Delft (1988). He worked at Unilever Research (1988-1990) and at TU Delft (1990-1998). His research at TU/e focuses on novel reactor concepts, including spinning disc, rotating foam and micro reactors.

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