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Koert van Mensvoort, MFA

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“I want to better understand our co-evolutionary relationship with technology and help set out a track towards a future that is rewarding for both humankind and the planet at large.”

Research profile

Koert van Mensvoort is a University Fellow of Next Nature at the Department of Industrial Design. He is director of the Next Nature Network, board member of the Society of Arts at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and supervisory board member of VPRO television.

Van Mensvoort is an artist and philosopher best known for his work on the philosophical concept of Next Nature, which revolves around the idea that technology has become so complex, omnipresent and autonomous that it is best perceived as a nature of its own. Among his award-winning design-research projects are the In Vitro Meat Cookbook, the ECO Coin, the NANO Supermarket and the HUBOT job agency for people and robots. Van Mensvoort gave over 300 lectures on six different continents. His Letter to Humanity was translated into 26 languages.

Academic background

Koert van Mensvoort studied Computer Science at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). After obtaining his MSc in 1997, he studied Philosophy at Utrecht University and obtained a MFA in Design from the Sandberg Institute. He worked as an Associate Researcher at the IPO center of TU/e before starting his PhD research in Industrial Design at TU/e as well, concluded in 2009. He founded and is creative director of the Next Nature Network, exploring the changing relation between nature and technology. Van Mensvoort previously held the position of Assistant Professor, leading the Next Nature Lab from 2003 to 2015. As of 2015, he is University Fellow.  

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Feedback Engineering & Materials Science
Graphical user interfaces Engineering & Materials Science
Innovation Engineering & Materials Science
world population Social Sciences
robot Social Sciences
traffic sign Social Sciences
creativity Social Sciences
nature reserve Social Sciences

Research Output 2000 2018

Next nature : nature changes along with us

Mensvoort, van, K. M. (ed.) & Grievink, H. J. (ed.), 2011, Barcelona: Actar.

Research output: Book/ReportBook editingPopular


Pyramid of technology : how technology becomes nature in seven steps

Mensvoort, van, K. M., 2013, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 46 p. (Eindhoven University lectures; vol. 3)

Research output: Book/ReportBookAcademic

Open Access

The In vitro meat cookbook

Mensvoort, van, K. M. & Grievink, H. J., 2014, Amsterdam: BIS Publishers. 192 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookPopular

meat products

50 products from the future: NANO supermarket book

van Mensvoort, K. M., 1 May 2018, Amsterdam: Next Nature Network. 196 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookPopular

Mobile devices

Save the humans! : how to survive

Gerritzen, M. & van Mensvoort, K. M., 20 Dec 2015, Amsterdam: BIS Publishers. 159 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookPopular

world population


Dutch Design Award

Koert van Mensvoort (Recipient), 22 Oct 2014

Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional


Activities 2011 2017

TEDx Amsterdam - Meat the Future

Koert van Mensvoort (Speaker)
17 Nov 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkPopular

TEDx Aruba - Economy is Economy

Koert van Mensvoort (Presenter)
24 Sep 2015

Activity: Consultancy typesOutreachPopular

SXSW Lecture - Designing for Next Nature

Koert van Mensvoort (Presenter)
13 Mar 2015

Activity: Consultancy typesOutreachPopular

TEDx Ghent- Pyramid of Technology

Koert van Mensvoort (Presenter)
6 Jun 2014

Activity: Consultancy typesOutreachPopular

TEDx Budapest: Next Nature - The Nature Caused by People

Koert van Mensvoort (Presenter)
21 Apr 2013

Activity: Consultancy typesOutreachPopular

Student theses

Allergen beagle

Author: Goudsmit, W., 31 May 2011

Supervisor: van Mensvoort, K. (Supervisor 1) & Terken, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Conscii oceanus

Author: Stam, F., 28 Feb 2013

Supervisor: van Mensvoort, K. (Supervisor 1) & Alkema, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Embodying empathic expressiveness

Author: Tjeenk Willink, W., 31 Jul 2013

Supervisor: van Mensvoort, K. (Supervisor 1), van Berkel, R. (External person) (External coach) & Snelders, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Author: Witjes, J., 30 Apr 2011

Supervisor: Rauterberg, G. (Supervisor 1) & van Mensvoort, K. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Author: Christiaans, H., 28 Feb 2013

Supervisor: Terken, J. (Supervisor 1), van Mensvoort, K. (Supervisor 2) & Alkema, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master