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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 head of the section Science Communication at the Athena Institute, Fac. of Science, VU University Amsterdam. Since 2017 she is also Vice Dean Research at the Faculty of Science.


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 biotechnology. Her current research is focused on (1) methodology development for responsible research and innovation and in particular facilitating public engagement in science, and (2) management of system change processes, in order to contribute to more equitable and inclusive innovation processes. Her research projects are in the domain of health and sustainable development.


She is a member of the board of the Netherlands graduate research school Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC). Since 2012, she coordinates the Erasmus Mundus Joint Degree Program on Transdisciplinary Solutions to Global Health Challenges. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Dutch Medicines Evaluation Board (CBG).


She coordinates, and teaches in, various courses of the Athena Institute. 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). She is Program Director of the research master degree program ‘Global Health’ and she is a member (and chair) of various educational boards, including the Examination Board of the Royal Tropical Institute.

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Research Output 1988 2019

Client-centred maternity care from women's perspectives: Need for responsiveness

Petit, V., Schuitmaker-Warnaar, T. J., Broerse, J. E. W. & Lips, S. R., 25 Mar 2019, In : Midwifery. 74, p. 76 83 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Primary Health Care
Secondary Care
Patient-Centered Care
Tertiary Healthcare
Focus Groups

Embedding meaningful patient involvement in the process of proposal appraisal at the Dutch Cancer Society

Schölvinck, A. F. M., Schuitmaker, T. J. & Broerse, J. E. W., 1 Apr 2019, In : Science and Public Policy. 46, 2, p. 254-263 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

research approach

HIV testing behaviour and HIV prevalence among female sex workers in Ukraine: Findings from an Integrated Bio-Behavioural Survey, 2013-2014

Tokar, A., Sazonova, I., Mishra, S., Smyrnov, P., Saliuk, T., Lazarus, J. V., Broerse, J. E. W., Roura, M., Blanchard, J. & Becker, M. L., 1 Jan 2019, In : Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Sex Workers
Sex Work
Sexual Partners

'Just having a computer doesn’t make sense’: The digital divide from the perspective of mothers with a low socio-economic position

Goedhart, N. S., Broerse, J. E. W., Kattouw, R. & Dedding, C., 19 May 2019, In : New Media and Society. 0, 0, p. 1-19 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
digital divide
communication technology
information technology

Research in haematological cancers: What do patients in the Netherlands prioritise?

Schölvinck, A. F. M., de Graaff, B. M. B., van den Beld, M. J. & Broerse, J. E. W., 1 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : European Journal of Cancer Care. e12989.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Delivery of Health Care

Activities 1998 2012

  • 32 Lecture / Presentation
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

Towards Optimal Patient Involvement in Guideline Development Groups.

C.A.C.M. Pittens (Speaker), T. Snijders (Speaker), S. Kersten (Speaker), J.E.W. Broerse (Speaker)
21 Oct 2012

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Active patient involvement in breast cancer clinical trials

C.A.C.M. Pittens (Speaker), J.E. Elberse (Speaker), S. Tax (Speaker), A.E. van Leeuwen-Stok (Speaker), M. Schrieks (Speaker), M. Jonker (Speaker), J.E.W. Broerse (Speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Patient participation in the practices of the pharmaceutical industry.

J.E. Elberse (Speaker), J.E.W. Broerse (Speaker)
25 Aug 2010

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Constructive Technology Assessment on Ecological Genomics / Reflexive Learning. Tentative Governance in Emerging Science and Technology: Actor Constellations, Institutional Arrangements & Strategies

A. Roelofsen (Speaker), J.E.W. Broerse (Speaker), J.G.F. Bunders - Aelen (Speaker)
28 Oct 2010

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Ecological Genomics & Society in Interaction: the Challenge of Learning. Ten Years After: Mapping the Societal Genomics Landscape

A. Roelofsen (Speaker), W.P.C. Boon (Speaker), J.E.W. Broerse (Speaker)
26 Jun 2010

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic