Keynote Speakers

2nd HEIRRI Conference:
Education towards a responsible society, transforming universities through RRI

Aula der Wissenschaften, Vienna, Austria

April 27th, 2018


Vincent Blok

Associate Professor, Management Studies Group & Philosophy Group, Wageningen University (The Netherlands).

From 2002 to 2006, Blok held various management functions in the health care sector. In 2006, he became director of the Louis Bolk Institute, an international research institute in the field of organic and sustainable agriculture, nutrition and health care. In 2005 he received his PhD degree in philosophy at Leiden University with a specialization in philosophy of technology.

Together with 10 PhDs and 1 Post-doc, Blok pursues three lines of research – Business Ethical Issues in Sustainable Entrepreneurship, Philosophy of Management, Technology & Innovation, and Responsible Innovation in the private sector in several (European) research projects. Blok’s work appeared amongst others in Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, Studia Phasenomenologica, and Journal of Responsible Innovation. See for his recent research projects.

Philippe Galiay

Head of Sector RTD-B7.002 ‘Mainstreaming Responsible Research and Innovation in Horizon 2020 and the European Research Area’, European Commission Research and Innovation Directorate-General

Hilligje van’t Land

PhD, Secretary-General, International Association of Universities (IAU), Executive Director, International Universities Bureau – UNESCO affiliated NGO – Associate Status (UNESCO House, Paris, France)

Educated in France, the Netherlands and Canada, Dr van’t Land obtained her PhD in comparative francophone literature from Groningen University, NL and completed a post doc at Laval University, in Québec. She taught at Universities in the Netherlands, Canada and France.
She works for IAU since two decades where she has been in charge of membership development and retention, overall management of the IAU thematic priority linked to Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development, the coordination of the preparation of annual work plans for activities related to thematic priorities, including IAU international events. She publishes on issues relating to Higher Education; is Editor of the magazine IAU Horizons ; contributes to working groups and expert Committees on a variety of HE issues; leads IAUs work in support of whole institution approaches for Partner Network in the context of the UNESCO Global Action Program (GAP).
She took up the position of Secretary General on 1 September 2017.

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