Gaston Heimeriks

Dr. Gaston Heimeriks is Assistant Professor at the Department of Innovation Studies, Copernicus Institute, Utrecht University. An interdisciplinary academic by choice, Heimeriks’ efforts focus on understanding the complex dynamics arising from the co-evolution of knowledge, economy and societal institutions.

Gaston is currently elected member of the Executive Committee of the Eu-SPRI Forum (European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation). He is also member of the Program Committee for STI 2017 – Science, technology and innovation indicators conference and Editor of the Innovation Studies Utrecht (ISU) Working Paper Series.

He has many years of experience as a researcher and policy adviser on science, technology and innovation. A common theme in his work is the understanding and governance of scientific, technological and social change in the knowledge society.  He has published on topics such as the evolution of knowledge, foresight, ICT methodologies, indicators, new modes of knowledge production and research policy.

His approach includes the analyses of publication and patent data, the development of new methods and metrics that combine the cognitive, economic and geographical aspects of innovation, making fruitful connections between interdisciplinary theorising and empirical research.

Gaston Heimeriks has a background in biochemistry (MSc) and in science and technology studies (MA). He previously worked as a researcher at the University of Amsterdam and the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences on European projects dealing with the influence of ICT on the development of the science-technology-economy system. His research resulted in a PhD at the University of Amsterdam in 2005.  Gaston also worked at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) in Seville, one of the seven scientific institutes of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, for the Dutch Advisory Council for Science and Technology Policy (AWT) and as a senior researcher at STePS Twente.

BIO

Professional Experience       

2009-                     Assistant Professor Innovation Studies

Department of Innovation Studies, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University

2008- 2009           Senior Researcher

School of Management and Governance, Department of Science, Technology, and Policy Studies (STePS) University Twente

2007- 2009           Policy adviser 

Dutch Advisory Council for Science and Technology Policy (AWT)

2006- 2007           Researcher and policy adviser

European Commission DG JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies

2003-2006            Researcher

Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW institutes Rathenau Institute and Netherlands Institute of Scientific Information)

1998-2003            Researcher

University of Amsterdam, dept. Social Science Informatics

Education      

2005                       PhD Communication Science

University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Social Sciences, dept. Communication Science

1997                       MA Science and Technology Studies

University Maastricht and University Louis Pasteur Strasbourg

2006- 2007           MSc Biochemistry

Groningen University

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