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Research Biografie Instituut

Amongst Engineers

15 May 2009
Technology can be seen all around us and has changed our world. Technology undoubtedly contributes to the prosperity and welfare of our society. However, the person behind the technology is often unknown and remains so. In contrast to artists, writers and politicians, we seldom read about the personal driving forces, modes of thought and life stories of engineers. No doubt, C.P. Snow’s concept of the division between the Two Cultures (Alfa and Bèta) is at play. Unlike countries such as Russia or the United States, there are relatively few examples of technologists as heroes or celebrities in The Netherlands. Which Dutch names could be considered for such a title? What, in anno 2009, is the position of the engineer in the public space? Can biographical research contribute to making the work of engineers more comprehensible to a broader public? A selected group of speakers will investigate these and similar questions during a symposium which has been organised by the Institute of Biography, University of Groningen, in cooperation with the Technical University of Eindhoven.

Herman Broers
Willem van der Ham
Joep Huiskamp
Sonja de Leeuw
Dick van Lente
Hans Renders (moderator)
Hans Schippers

To Register:
e-mail and state your name and address (with regards to the conference’s volume of papers)

Registration costs: €50,- (Students €35,-) including lunch and a volume of the conference papers (which will be sent to you later)

To be paid to:, Institute of Biography, Groningen.
IBAN NL97 FTSB 0978 5931 97

Download the brochure with program (Dutch) (1,1MB)

Cover Volume of papers
Cover Volume of papers
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