Successful debate ‘How innovative is the Europe of the future’ in Museum Boerhaave

3 July 2014

On Tuesday June 24 Museum Boerhaave and the Foundation for the History of Technology organized the debate: ‘How Innovative is the Europe of the future?’ in Museum Boerhaave, Leiden.

During the debate three speakers challenged the public to look at Europe differently. What is Europe when you look at technology and innovation? What role can Europe play in your daily life? And what influence do you have on Europe’s Future?

The debate panel consisted out of Helmuth Trischler, research director of the Deutsches Museum in Munich; Ruth Oldenziel, America expert and professor of European history of technology at the Eindhoven University of Technology; and Johan Schot, director of the Science Policy Research Unit of the University of Sussex and of the Foundation for the History of Technology. After their brief presentations, the floor opened for a lively discussion, where the public asked many questions. 

The chairman of the debate was dr. Hans Weinberger, director of the Norsk Teknisk Museum in Oslo.

Titles of the presentation were:

Helmuth Trischler: ‘Experts, the innovators, organizers & networkers who build Europe’.
Ruth Oldenziel:  ‘Europe from Below; an alternative view’.
Johan Schot: ‘Technocracy in Europe; its origins and future’.

The speakers are also co-authors of the six-volume book series Making Europe: Technology and Transformations, 1850-2000This series tells a new history of Europe seen through the lens of technology and is published by Palgrave MacMillan in the period of 2013-2015.  

After the debate, the chair of the Foundation for the History of Technology, Hans de Wit, presented the first two volumes of the Making Europe-book series to Robert Bud, “keeper of science and medicine” of Science Museum in London, who has been a bridge builder between science and cultural heritage from the start.

Take a look at a few photos of the event:

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Photos taken by Hielco Kuipers