SG | 100 Years of University-Industry Relationships

University-industry relationships have existed during the entire period of WUR’s existence. Discover differences and parallels between past and present.

Organisator Studium Generale

di 20 maart 2018 20:00 tot 22:00

Locatie Impulse, gebouwnummer 115

Some people say private money is necessary to make the university survive when times are tough and governments frugal. Others contend that allowing the private sector on campus is not healthy for academic integrity. This lecture shows that a close relationship between WUR and the industry is nothing new under the sun and has been prominent during the entire period of the institute’s existence. Discover the differences between past and present, as well as the continuity in this relationship. Explore how university-industry connections took shape in different time periods and in a variety of sectors. How can we understand the emergence of these connections throughout WUR’s existence and what did they look like? How do they reflect societal developments over time? And what has it meant for the institutional character and activities of WUR?

About Harro Maat


Harro Maat works at the Knowledge, Technology and Innovation Group of the Social Sciences department of Wageningen University & Research. His work focuses on the history of technology and social studies of science and technology in the context of colonialism and international development, particularly on socio-technical change in smallholder farming. Central in his historical work is the how the Dutch introduced new knowledge and technologies in the former Dutch colonial territories and how farmers, in particular smallholders, responded to the introduced changes. A first book on this topic is titled ‘Science Cultivating Practice; a history of agricultural science in the Netherlands and its colonies 1863-1986’ (Springer, 2001) and recently he co-edited a volume titled ‘Local Subversions of Colonial Cultures; Commodities and Anti-commodities in Global History’ (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016).

About lecture series ‘WUR in Historical Perspective’

WUR’s 100th anniversary presents a good reason to look back on the evolution of research during that century. Focusing on a major research theme and on university-industry interactions, this series will explore how societal developments have shaped WUR’s trajectory, as well as the way in which WUR’s activities have influenced society.