Patricia Osseweijer




Patricia Osseweijer (1958) has a PhD science communication (Free University Amsterdam) and a MSc molecular biology (Utrecht University) with experience in management of (inter)national research and education initiatives at the Delft University of Technology since 1991 and earlier experience in curriculum development and study advice at Radboud University Nijmegen from 1984.

In 1999 she was appointed Executive Secretary of the Department of Biotechnology in Delft where in 2005 she initiated the Section on Biotechnology and Society. She coordinated several international projects and has initiated many international multi-stakeholder events and courses such as the international “Advanced Course on Bioethics and Public Perceptions” in Oxford.

Patricia was appointed Managing Director of the Kluyver Centre for Genomics of Industrial Fermentation at its start in 2002 . She developed the Centre's Genomics and Society Programme and became Programme Leader and responsible for the collaboration with the Netherlands Centre for Society and Genomics, where she is appointed Principal Investigator for Communication.

Following the success of the “Imagine” science communication project for secondary schools which she initiated, she established the Imagine Life Sciences Foundation in 2005 which she chairs. She received the Netherlands Biotechnology Society education award for "Imagine" in 2006 and was nominated for the 2006 EU Descartes Prize for Science Communication. In 2007 she received a grant for sabbatical study at the University of Cambridge Department of History and Philosophy of Science and St Edmund’s College. In March 2009 she was appointed Professor Science Communication at the TU Delft for the Faculty of Applied Sciences Section Science Education and Communication and for the Department of Biotechnology Section Biotechnology and Society. She also has the chair professor in Technology and Communication for the Royal Institute of Engineers (Kivi-NIRIA).

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