STEPS COLLOQUIUM

Date: 13 March 2019
Time: 12.30 - 14.00 hrs
Venue: Ravelijn, RA 1315
Speakers: Dr. Colette Bos

ABSTRACT:

The Dutch National Research Agenda (Nationale Wetenschapsagenda)

The Dutch National Research Agenda (Nationale Wetenschapsagenda, NWA in Dutch) is an initiative that started in 2015. Led by the ‘knowledge coalition’, different organisations representing the Dutch research and innovation field, this initiative to strengthen the connection between research and society, started with asking all Dutch citizens for their research question for science. Almost four years later this initiative has led to 12.000 questions, 140 cluster questions, 25 ‘routes’ (thematic networks), many science communication initiatives and has resulted in a substantial structural investment in research and innovation (400M€ per year).

Dr. Colette Bos has worked at the NWA program office since 2015. She received her PhD from Utrecht University, where she researched how large societal goals (like sustainability or the ageing society) were articulated as these goals moved from science policy to researchers in nanotechnology and how the different articulations of broad societal challenges are used by many different actors to specify, justify and legitimate different directions of research. For this presentation she will describe the NWA process over the past four years and connect these with underlying concepts from science and technology studies and science policy studies.

Dr. Colette Bos, Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO),
                            Nationale Wetenschapsagenda Vernieuwing en Netwerken