Marileen Dogterom was trained as a theoretical physicist at the University of Groningen. She was a PhD student in Paris and Princeton until 1994 and then a postdoc at Bell Labs. In 1997 she started her own independent research group in experimental biophysics at the FOM Institute AMOLF in Amsterdam, where she was a group leader and later department head until 2014. Since then she has been professor and chair of the department of Bionanoscience at the TU Delft. Her main interest is in the reconstitution of cellular machineries in artificial confinement, with the ultimate goal to build a synthetic cell.
Arjen van Tunen - CEO KeyGene
Arjen J. van Tunen (1958) graduated as MSc. in Medical Biology in 1986 and as PdD in Genetics in 1991, both from the Free University of Amsterdam.He worked 10 years for the Wageningen based WUR institute Plant Research International. First as Groupleader Molecular genetics of floral organ formation in flowers (1991-1995), then as Head of department Cell Biology (1995-1998) and finally as Director Research (1998-2001). In 2001 he became Director of the Swammerdam Institute for Life Science of the University of Amsterdam. In 2004 he joined KeyGene, Wageningen, the Netherlands as CEO. Among other side functions Arjen is Board Member of EuropaBio, Food Valley NL and chairs the conference on Crop Innovation & Business to be held in April 2019 in Amsterdam. www.keygene.com
Rosanne Hertzberger - Microbiologist, columnist, writer
Rosanne Hertzberger (1984) is microbiologist, columnist for NRC Handelsblad and writer of the book ‘Ode aan de E-nummers‘. A book that highlights the chemistry and technology in our food, from fertilizer to seed technology, from conservation technologies to meat substitutes. She shows in a humoristic and edgy manner that technology improves the quality, safety and sustainability of our food. Simultaneously, she criticizes "ont-ontwikkeling": an anti-technological attitude of many people in their thirties towards technologies as E-numbers, genetical modification and vaccinations. In her weekly column she discusses a wide range of topics in order to create space for debate.
Besides her activities as a writer and columnist, Rosanne can be regularly found in the laboratory where she researches the bacterial metabolism inside the flora of the human body. She is a front runner for open science and citizenship and likes to talk about the role of science, technology and innovation in our daily lives.
Hertzberger is known for her clear words and point of view. Her performances are a guarantee for material for conversation.