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Programme update: 100 Years of Laboratory Education conference

24 June 2022 – This September will mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the first lab worker programme in the Netherlands, organised in Utrecht by Prof. Hijmans van den Bergh. It marks a wonderful milestone in Utrecht’s academic history! On Friday, 30 September, we will mark this occasion during Utrecht Science Week and the Institute for Life Sciences & Chemistry at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht will organise the 100 Years of Laboratory Education conference, the theme of which will be Back to the Future.

What developments do we recognise in the history of laboratory education? What major issues are currently relevant in the fields of life sciences and chemistry? And what will the lab of the future look like? You can come and discuss the past, present and future with companies, lecturers, researchers and other experts.

100 Years of Laboratory Education
‘100 years ago, Prof. Hijmans van den Bergh started to teach courses for lab assistants to help him during his research in the laboratory’, explains Patrick Cramers, Director of the Institute for Life Sciences & Chemistry. ‘One century on, it has evolved into a solid professional programme from which 400 students graduate each year. There are now 12 of these programmes spread across the entire country, so Utrecht has played a wonderful part in the discipline’s history. Hijmans van den Bergh had probably never expected this kind of expansion, but it just goes to show how relevant the programme is.’

Collaboration at Utrecht Science Park
‘Utrecht Science Park (USP) plays a leading role with regard to life sciences and sustainability. For this reason, we feel very much at home at USP and we hope to continue the collaboration between our USP-based programmes and applied research and our partners in the park over the years to come. It’s great for our education, particularly for our current and future students’, says Cramers.

What can you expect from the conference?
Marion Koopmans, Professor of Virology at Erasmus MC, will address the issues facing the healthcare sector and the importance of laboratory education. Wilma Scholte op Reimer, member of the Executive Board at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, will discuss the knowledge agenda at Utrecht Science Park with Peter Luijten (Vice Dean of UMC Utrecht) and Nico van Meeteren (Director of the Life Sciences & Health Top Sector), among others. Tineke Zweed, member of the Executive Board at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, will discuss safety and sustainability in the laboratory of the future with a variety of experts. And all of the above will be conducted under the enthusiastic chairmanship of Jim Jansen, editor-in-chief of New Scientist!

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Practical information
Date: Friday, 30 September 2022
Time: 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. (including drinks reception)
Location: HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Padualaan 101, Utrecht
Contact: ilclustrum@hu.nlSo be sure to clear Friday, 30 September in your diary! More information about registration and the programme will follow soon.