Scientific Advisory Council

Our Scientific Advisory Council consists of the following members:

Gerard Beenker ir. Gerard Beenker
Innovation Lab, Eindhoven University of Technology.
Gerard Beenker has been working at the Innovation Lab of the Eindhoven University of Technology since 1 September 2014, where he is involved in Innovation Strategy and Partnerships. His focus is primarily on the application of High-Tech in the Agrofood sector (a crossover between the HTSM (High Tech Systems and Materials), AgriFood, Horticulture and Raw Materials Top Sectors). He is one of the members of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) Permanent Committee for Large-scale Scientific Infrastructure.Prior to this he had a career in the high-tech industry. In 1980 started work as a Mathematical Engineer at the Philips Physical Laboratory, where he fulfilled a number of management roles from October 1986 onwards. In January 1999 he was appointed Senior Vice President of Philips Research with responsibility for the Philips Semiconductors research programme. When Philips Semiconductors changed to NXP in 2006 he transformed part of Philips Research into NXP Research. He headed up this organisation until November 2008. Following this he was appointed Scientific Director at NXP and was responsible for external relations with universities, government agencies and other businesses. In that role he was, amongst other things, a member of the Confederation of Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW) Technology group, member of the Roadmap Team for the HTSM Top Sector and member of the Technology Science Foundation (STW) Advisory Council. He fulfilled this role until July 2014.
Cees-Buisman-Pic Prof. dr. ir. C.J.N. Buisman
Scientific Director, Wetsus Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Water Technology. Cees J.N. Buisman Prof. J.N. Buisman was formerly director at Paques bv, technology & business development. Currently he combines his function as scientific director of Wetsus/TTIW with a professorship in biological recovery and reuse technology in the Environmental Technology department of Wageningen University.Prof. Buisman’s research focuses on new technologies for sustainable water and energy solutions, based on biological and chemical disciplines. He specializes in the biological transfer of anorganic compounds with sulphur, nitrogen and metals through natural bacteria.
 RTEmagicC_Paulien-Herder_03.jpg Prof. dr. ir. P.M. Herder
Delft University of Technology, Infrastructure Systems & Services Department, Energy & Industry Section. Herder is professor of Engineering Systems Design in the Energy & Industry Section at Delft University of Technology. Her research themes cover the design and design process of large-scale network systems.The work focuses on chemical process design (manageability, flexibility, safety), design life-cycle (durability, life-cycle cost), design process and knowledge management (concurrent engineering, collaboration, communication) and the design and management of infrastructures.
 nickvandegiesen Prof. dr. ir. Nick van de Giesen
Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Water Resources Section. Since July 2004, Nick van de Giesen has held the Van Kuffeler Chair of Water Resources Management of the Water Resources Section of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Delft. He teaches Integrated Water Resources Management (CIE4450) and Introduction to Water Management (CT2011). His main interests are the modelling of complex water resource management systems, new observation methods, and the development of scientifically based decision-support systems. The interaction between water systems and their users is the core theme in both his research portfolio and teaching curriculum. Since 1 April 2009, he has also been chairman of the Delft Research Initiative Environment ( going to Delft University, he worked from 1998 to 2004 at the Centre for Development Research at Bonn University, where he coordinated the GLOWA Volta Project. From 1994 to 1998, he did post-doctoral research on hydrology and water management at WARDA, Ivory Coast. He received his PhD from Cornell University for his work on wetland development in Rwanda. At Wageningen University, he did his MSc in irrigation engineering.
koopmans Marion Koopmans, PhD
Marion Koopmans (DVM) has completed her training in Veterinary Medicine at the Utrecht University, Veterinary Faculty. She worked as associate professor at the same Faculty to become a specialist in Large Animal Internal Medicine and Nutrition. In parallel, she did a PhD in Veterinary Sciences (Virology; 1990), studying novel enteric viruses and their importance as pathogens for cattle. She continued to study enteric viruses during a fellowship and as visiting scientist at the Centers for Disease Control from 1991 until 1994, and returned to The Netherlands to become section chief of the enteric virus group at the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). She is coordinator of a European research and surveillance network on enteric viruses, and since 2000 holds the chair of the Virology division of the Diagnostic Laboratory for Infectious Diseases at RIVM.Her responsibilities include reference diagnostics, syndromic surveillance and emergency preparedness for viral diseases, including research aimed at improving the response capacity of a public health lab.In 2006 she was appointed as professor of Public Health Virology at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. In 2014 she accepted the position of Head of department of Viroscience at Erasmus MC, Rotterdam. Her research interests include enteric viruses, food-borne infections, emerging disease preparedness, and infections at the human-animal interface, with a particular focus on unraveling mechanisms underlying possible emergence of new health threats and optimizing the early detection and response. She has authored over 300 papers in peer reviewed journals.