Prof.dr. P. (Patricia) Osseweijer

T: +31 15 27 85140

Room 1.100
Julianalaan 67
2628 BC Delft
The Netherlands





  • 2009 - present
    Full professor Science Communication and Group leader Biotechnology and Society, Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology
  • 2002 - present
    Managing director and Programme leader Society Programme, Kluyver Centre for Genomics of Industrial Fermentation
  • 2007 - 2009
    Assistant professor Biotechnology and Society, Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology
  • 2007 (September-January)
    Sabbatical at Cambridge University, Department of History and Philosophy of Science and St Edmund College, United Kingdom
  • 2003 - 2006
    PhD at VU University of Amsterdam, Prof.dr. J.T. de Cock Buning, 'A Short History of Talking Biotech: fifteen years of iterative action research in institutionalizing scientists’ engagement in public communication'
  • 1999 - 2007
    Executive Secretary, Department of Biotechnology and Graduate Research School Biotechnological Sciences Delft Leiden, Director Biotechnology Project Bureau
  • 1997 - 1999
    Manager Graduate Research School Biotechnological Sciences Delft Leiden
  • 1991 - 1997
    Project officer fund acquisition, international projects and education, Department of Biotechnology, and Foundation Biotechnology Studies Delft Leiden
  • 1984 - 1991
    Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, Sub Faculty of Biology, respectively Curriculum development officer, Study advisor and Director of European education project
  • 1984
    MSc Biology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, Prof. J. Hoeijmakers, ‘Genetic complimentation in Xeroderma pigmentosa’ and Prof. A.J. Waarlo, ‘National education of prenatal diagnostics’

Research interests

  • Social responsibility of scientists in public interaction and public opinion forming
  • Novel forms of public communication
  • Ethical aspects of industrial biotechnology
  • Development of transdisciplinary action research methodology

Teaching activities

  • BSc and MSc programmes: biotechnology and society, science communication
  • International Advanced Courses: strategic communication of biotechnology; ethics and public perceptions of nanobiotechnology

Key publications

  • Osseweijer, P., J. Kinderlerer and K. Ammann. Societal issues in industrial biotechnology. Chapter in Soetaert, Vandamme (Eds): Industrial Biotechnology. Sustainable Growth and Economic Success, 39 pp, Wiley (2008), accepted.
  • Schuurbiers, D., P. Osseweijer, J. Kinderlerer (2007). Future issues in industrial biotechnology. Biotechnology Journal, 2, 1112-1120.
  • Osseweijer, P (2006). A new model for science communication that takes ethical considerations into account - The three-E model: Entertainment, Emotion and Education. Science and Engineering Ethics, 12(4), 591-593.
  • Osseweijer, P. (2006). Imagine projects with a strong emotional appeal. Nature, 444(7118), 422-422.
  • Osseweijer, P. (1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006) (Ed): Course Book Biotechnology Ethics and Public Perceptions of Biotechnology; Delft University of Technology & European Federation of Biotechnology Task Group on Public Perceptions of Biotechnology.


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