Jacqueline Broerse is professor innovation and communication in health and life sciences and head of the Section Science Communication (Athena Institute), VU University Amsterdam. She holds a master in Biomedical Sciences (cum laude). After her graduation in 1988, she worked for several years as a policy maker on biotechnology at the Dept. Research and Technology of the Directorate General International Cooperation (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), where she was responsible for the formulation of the government white paper ‘biotechnology and developing countries’. She then became researcher at the Dept. Biology & Society (part-time) as well as project officer at the Centre for Development Cooperation Services (part-time), both at the VU University. She wrote her PhD thesis on the development of an interactive and participatory approach to involve small-scale farmers in biotechnological innovation processes (1998).
Her research is focused on methodology development for realizing a science-society dialogue in new and emerging innovations in the health and life sciences, in particular biotechnology, genomics and neurosciences. She is one of the developers of the Interactive Learning and Action approach.
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