Bernd Kroon
Member of Board EUROLAB aisbl

Bernd Kroon (1963) has been Chief Science Officer at Normec, was Chief Executive Officer of Aqualab Zuid BV and worked in many countries as entrepreneur, developing innovative production technologies which are required for a sustainable world. He currently holds various other positions, such as the chair of Fenelab (the Dutch Eurolab) and is a board member and treasurer of Eurolab.
He studied Microbiology at Radboud University Nijmegen with a main subject of Bioprocess Engineering in Delft. After his PhD research in 1991 on the theme "Algal Mass Cultures" at the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Amsterdam, he worked for nearly 10 years as a researcher (biophysics, biochemistry, marine ecology) at the University of Amsterdam, at the University of California Santa Barbara and at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute in Germany, wrote more than 30 publications, supervised more than 20 MSc and PhD students, participated in several expeditions to the North and South Poles, North Sea and Red Sea. His scientific work was granted several international awards. The constant drive to translate knowledge into practical applications led to a career transition to start his algal production company in 2000. In the period up to 2011, his innovative entrepreneurship was recognized with two prestigious prizes.

LECTURE: The ‘post-modern’ TIC laboratory

To everyone observing the ongoing changes on a scale beyond local events it is clear that we are not living in times that are changing, but in changing times.

Fundamental as this transformation is, it floats on an ever increasing societal complexity, rooted in an never-seen-before foundation of knowledge and democratization thereof, flanked by  technology which is available to both the least and most advanced economies. Such a transformational period doesn’t happen often, much less than once in a lifetime, and is accompanied by confusion and many questions about what is going to be next. If anything, these times are characterized by an erosion of trust in other people, in services, in products. And it is trust in products, services and people which explains the need for public and private TIC services and products.

Dr. Kroon’s key-note aims to share some data and thoughts about how the current transformational change will logically lead to a different kind of TIC service (‘the lab perspective’), to a different requirement towards TIC services (“the business perspective”), and to a complete new way society might (or should) make use of the TIC industry (“the societal perspective”).