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Guus Berkhout


In my scientific career I concentrated on the interrelated fields of acoustics, geophysics, energy and innovation. These fields have in common that research results are closely connected with the Grand Challenges in society. I believe that science and society will have to interact more than ever before.

In the years ahead, we will see a strong coupling between ambitions in science, innovation and planet care. This means that the different frameworks, being utilized to realize these ambitions, will converge to one integrated circular system with interconnected technical, economic, social and environmental processes. In these circular processes scientific knowledge on the behavior of molecules are combined with scientific knowledge on the behavior of people to create new system solutions for a better planet earth. In this symbiotic endeavor universities state their ambitions in terms of future contributions to society, business organizations focus on multi-value targets, and governments concentrate on serving the public interest. Situation awareness by big data analytics will become a standard tool in all our future activities.