J.F.H. Kupper


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In my research I want to contribute to fruitful dialogue at the science-society interface. Developments in science and technology have huge impacts on our lives and lifeworlds. Often, these impacts are uncertain and ambiguous, especially in the context of new emerging technologies such as new biotechnology, neurotechnology or digitalization. In contemporary societies we find a variety of different legimitate perspectives from which these impacts are understood and evaluated. This urges us to rethink the science-society relationship. We need more contextual understandings of the interfaces of science and society and new creative methods to initiate and nurture processes of reflection, learning and change. My focus is on the development of new interaction spaces, methods and techniques to shape the conversation about science and technology in society.


The Science Communication track focuses on the training of reflective practitioners that can play the role of intermediaries at the science-society interface. We encourage our students to develop a reflexive understanding of the relationship between science and society. Whether it is in the domain of media and journalism, science centers and museums or dialogue and change facilitation, we teach them to make a difference in shaping communication and connecting worlds.

Ancillary activities

  • Mens in de Maak | Utrecht | eigenaar, zzp-er | 2007-02-01 - present

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Education/Academic qualification

Biomedical Sciences, Master

Philosophy, Master

STS Bioethics, PhD

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Research Output 2005 2019

Future making and responsible governance of innovation in synthetic biology

Stemerding, D., Betten, W., Rerimassie, V., Robaey, Z. & Kupper, F., 1 May 2019, In : Futures. 109, p. 213-226 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

technology assessment
antibiotic resistance

Constructing future scenarios as a tool to foster responsible research and innovation among future synthetic biologists

Betten, A. W., Rerimassie, V., Broerse, J. E. W., Stemerding, D. & Kupper, F., 10 Sep 2018, In : Life Sciences, Society and Policy. 14, p. 1-20 20 p., 21.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Synthetic Biology

Dynamics of problem setting and framing in citizen discussions on synthetic biology

Betten, A. W., Broerse, J. E. W. & Kupper, F., 1 Apr 2018, In : Public Understanding of Science. 27, 3, p. 294-309 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Synthetic Biology

Frame Reflection Lab: a Playful Method for Frame Reflection on Synthetic Biology

van der Meij, M. G., Heltzel, A. A. L. M., Broerse, J. E. W. & Kupper, F., 1 Aug 2018, In : NanoEthics. 12, 2, p. 155-172 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Technocracy versus experimental learning in RRI: On making the most of RRI’s interpretative flexibility

Klaassen, P., Rijnen, M. C. J. A., Vermeulen, S., Kupper, F. & Broerse, J. E. W., 2018, Responsible Research and Innovation: From Concepts to Practices. Gianni, R., Pearson, J. & Reber, B. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 77-98 22 p. (Routledge Studies in Innovation, Organizations and Technology).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

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