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Biography

Rinie van Est (1964) Ph.D. has more than twenty years of experience at the intersection between academia, government, politics and civil society. He is a leading expert on technology assessment, governance and public engagement in the Netherlands and internationally. Van Est is a physicist and political scientist by training, who is specialized in the politics of innovation. He studied applied physics at Eindhoven University of Technology and political science at the University of Amsterdam. His PhD-thesis Winds of Change (1999) examined the interaction between politics, innovation and economics in the field of wind energy in California and Denmark.

In 1997, Rinie van Est started to work at the Rathenau Instituut, which stimulates the public and political debate on societal and ethical issues related to science and technology and encourages policy makers to formulate adequate measures. Since 2006, he is a research coordinator / trend catcher, and since 2016 he coordinates activities around the theme Smart society. He has led numerous projects in the field of both emerging technologies (such as robotics, artificial intelligence, persuasive technology, and synthetic biology) as well as sustainability and energy. As a result, he has a wealth of experience in signaling trends in innovation, managing scientific projects, designing debates, and guiding and coaching junior and senior researchers. Translating and communicating the results of projects to parliamentary and governmental bodies, both on the national and international level, is at the core of his job. He has been involved in many projects for the Dutch and European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, UNESCO, Dutch ministries and the European Commission.

Since 2001, Rinie van Est also lectures at the School of Innovation Sciences of the Eindhoven University of Technology. He has developed, taught and coordinated various lectures and developed learning objectives for students with respect to technology foresight and assessment methods. Since 2009, he has published extensively on the social, ethical and political dimensions of science and technology, and made particular contributions to the debates of public engagement and technology assessment. Besides English, some of his publications have been translated in French, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese. He regularly comments on social, ethical and political issues related to new technologies in the media. Finally, he is frequently sought after both as a speaker at (inter)national congresses and as a member or chair of various advisory bodies.

Some relevant publications: Human rights in the robot age (2017), Urgent upgrade: Protect public values in our digitized society (2017), Just ordinary robots: Automation from love to war (2016), Working on the robot society (2015), Intimate technology: The battle for our body and behaviour (2014), From bio to NBIC: From medical practice to daily life (2014), Check in / check out: The public space as an Internet of Things (2011), Energie in 2030: Maatschappelijke keuzes van nu (2011).

Biography

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Research Output 1991 2018

Beyond public acceptance: design of a societal incubator for promising (nano) technologies

Rerimassie, V. G., Stemerding, D., de Bakker, E. & van Est, Q. C., 2018, Den Haag: Rathenau Instituut. 60 p.

Research output: Book/ReportReportAcademic

Open Access

Doelgericht digitalisering: hoe Nederland werkt aan een digitale transitie waarin mensen en waarden centraal staan

Kool, L., Dujso, E. & van Est, Q. C., 2018, Den Haag: Rathenau Instituut. 166 p.

Research output: Book/ReportReportAcademic

Open Access

Een eerlijke klusseneconomie

Smink, M., Gerritsen, J., Van Waes, A., Peters, M. & van Est, Q. C., 2018, In : Beleid en Maatschappij. 45, 2, p. 199-207

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
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Intieme verbetertechnologie vereist technologisch burgerschap

van Keulen, I. & van Est, R., 2018, Over medisch ethiek gesproken: Bespiegelingen op leven, levenseinde en zorg. Boonsma, D. (ed.). Den Haag: Mr. Hans van Mierlo stichting, p. 39-50 12 p.

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

Publieke belangen in de deel- en kluseconomie

Frenken, K., van Waes, A., Smink, M. & van Est, R., 2018, In : Mens en Maatschappij. 93, 3, p. 211-230 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Activities 2003 2015

2nd European Technology Assessment (TA) Conference, February 25-27, 2015, Berlin, Germany

van Est, R. (Contributor)
25 Feb 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceScientific

Expert over Arbeid en Technologie

van Est, R. (Member)
7 Apr 2015

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talkScientific

Rathenau Instituut (External organisation)

van Est, R. (Member)
2 Apr 2015

Activity: MembershipMembership of committeeScientific

Workshop on Future Interactions

van Est, R. (Member)
4 Feb 2015

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talkScientific

Courses

Press / Media

De maakbare mens

Rinie van Est

1/09/14

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Technologie, moraal en internet

Rinie van Est

22/06/14

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

EZ: voor jou tien robots

Rinie van Est

6/06/14

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Quantified self

Rinie van Est

7/02/14

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Wifi tracking

Rinie van Est

23/01/14

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Student theses

Hoe waait de wind in 2020?: scenariostudie offshore windparken voor Nuon

Author: Veendrick, P., 31 Dec 2004

Supervisor: van Est, Q. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

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Innovatie in de hoofdrol: welke taken, rollen en eigenschappen dragen bij aan het stimuleren van een technologische doorbraak?

Author: van Wijk, T., 31 Aug 2009

Supervisor: Raven, R. (Supervisor 1) & van Est, Q. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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Near field communication: providing strategic niche management with experience in ICT

Author: Schilpzand, W., 30 Sep 2008

Supervisor: van Est, Q. (Supervisor 1), Raven, R. (Supervisor 2) & Hof, van 't, C. (External person) (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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