Leonie van Drooge
“Science and society” was Leonie’s favorite course in the 1980’s, when she was an undergraduate Chemistry student. So much so that she decided to switch to science studies, got involved in the Amsterdam Science shop, taught Chemistry and society and, after graduation, choose to work as a technology transfer officer. Since then, she has worked in several other sectors, such as tourism and career counseling. After more than a decade, she decided to return to her first love: science and society. She has worked for the Dutch Rathenau Institute ever since.
The mission of the Rathenau Institute is to contribute to current, coming and urgent science and innovation policy issues: to shed light, provide advice, propose options and solutions. Leonie’s expertise is in the field of research governance, in particular challenge oriented research, research evaluation and societal impact of research. Leonie works with and for policymakers, researchers and research administrators. She wants to understand why practices are the way they are, and not the way they are meant to be. And she tries to improve situations.
Leonie and colleagues wrote several publications in response to the needs heard. On the organization of impact, or valorisation: Valorisation – researchers do more than they realize and on the evaluation of impact: Valuable – indicators for valorisation. She is proud to have been part of the European SIAMPI project, that focused on productive interactions between researchers and stakeholders, the process of research and the contribution, instead of attribution, researchers make.