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Laurens Hessels

Biography

Laurens Hessels is a senior researcher at the Rathenau Instituut and a professor by special appointment at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of Leiden University. Hessels’ research focuses on how interactions between researchers and practitioners can generate societal impact, and on public policies to facilitate these interactions. He also contributes to the development of methods for improving the evaluation of the societal value of research. Previously, Laurens has worked as a researcher and program manager at KWR Watercycle Research Institute and as a policy advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.