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Jacqueline Broerse is professor of innovation and communication in the health and life sciences (with focus on diversity and social inclusion) and Director of the Athena Institute, Fac. of Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. 

She holds a master degree in biomedical sciences (cum laude, 1988). After her graduation she worked two years as a policy maker on biotechnology at the Directorate General International Cooperation (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dept. Research and Technology). In 1998 she obtained her PhD degree on the development of an interactive approach to include small-scale farmers in research agenda setting processes on agricultural biotechnology. Her current research is focused on (1) methodology development to facilitate public engagement and multi-stakeholder involvement in science (transdisciplinary research, Open Science) and policy (deliberative governance), (2) patient participation in research, care and policy, and (3) understanding and facilitating sustainability system innovations, in order to contribute to more equitable and inclusive innovation processes that address societal challenges. Her research projects are in the domain of (global) health, food and sustainable development.

She is currently a member of the Expert Group on International Platform for Food System Science established by the EC March 2021. She is one of the founders and member, of the Amsterdam Academic Workplace Food (established March 2020). She coordinates the Erasmus Mundus Joint Degree Program on Transdisciplinary Solutions to Global Health Challenges. She is coordinator of the EU-funded FOODCLIC project (2022-2027), which aims to contribute to urban food environments that make healthy and sustainable food available, affordable and attractive to all citizens (including deprived and vulnerable groups).

Until recently she coordinated the successful EU-funded FIT4FOOD2030 project on improving R&I so as to contribute to more sustainable, resilient, responsible, competitive and inclusive European food systems (2017-2021). She was a member of the board of the Netherlands graduate research school ‘Science, Technology and Modern Culture’ (WTMC) and a member of the Advisory Board of the Dutch Medicines Evaluation Board (CBG) until 2018. Until 2021, she was one of the program leaders of the Amsterdam Public Health research institute (APH – Global Health Program) and still is a member of the program’s board.

She is currently Program Director of the research master degree program ‘Global Health’. She coordinates, and teaches in, various courses on (health) policy, health systems, sustainability system innovation, and R&I valorization. She has played a key role in the development of the master degree program ‘Management, Policy Analysis and entrepreneurship in the health and life sciences’ and the master specialization ‘International Public Health’ (within the master programs Health Sciences and Biomedical Sciences).

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