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Cornelis van Bochove Professor of Science Policy

Dr Cornelis van Bochove
Dr Cornelis van Bochove will be appointed Professor of Science Policy with effect from 1 February. Van Bochove is Director of Research and Science Policy at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. He will be developing the new discipline of evidence-based science policy.

Development task
Van Bochove has been appointed at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, where he will work at the Center for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS). Evidence-based science policy is a new field of research. For the first five years, Van Bochove's initial task will be to develop and expand the discipline. He is an econometrician and is acquainted with all the aspects of Dutch science policy.

The science of science
In which fields does the Netherlands excel and how has that been achieved? Which fields need support? These are issues which are still not sufficiently transparent. If a well-funded long-term science policy is to be implemented at national government level, this will have to be base on independent scientific research. The instruments for such 'science of science' are still in a developmental stage. A research and data infrastructure is required which will be linked to such supranational initiatives as the European Research Area and such bodies as the Committee on Science and Technology Policy and the Global Science Forum of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Such a structure is needed in order to be able to arrive at a good SWOT analysis for each scientific field.

Statistics Netherlands CBS
Cornelis van Bochove (1950) studied econometrics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam and obtained his doctorate with distinction there on his dissertation on 'Imports and economic growth'. From 1983 to 1999, Van Bochove worked at Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the last five years of which he was the Director of Socio-Economic Statistics. This was followed in 1999 by an appointment as Director of Research and Science Policy at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

Centrum voor Wetenschaps- en Technologiestudies

(29 January 2008/CH)

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