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Nadine Bongaerts

Nadine Bongaerts

PhD candidate in Synthetic Biology - INSERM, Paris Vice President - Hello Tomorrow Co-founder - Science Matters

Science & Education
Keynote speaker
Languages spoken
English Dutch
Travels from
The Netherlands


Nadine Bongaerts is a synthetic biologist and a connector between science, society and business. She holds a bachelor and master degree in Life Sciences from the University of Leiden and TU Delft and is currently finalizing her PhD at INSERM and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Paris where is searches for new tuberculosis antibiotics. Next to her scientific work, she serves as the Vice-President for Hello Tomorrow for science entrepreneurship and co-founded science communication agency Science Matters in 2011 and is a current faculty member for Singularity


Keynote speaker


Welcome to the era of biology / Welkom in de eeuw van de biologie
In the 90ties, it took roughly 200 scientists and 10 years to read our human DNA. Today we can print it using technologies that didn't exist 10 years ago. How will our world change when can recode nature? Will we be able to redesign our lives? How about the environment around us? Nadine will take us on a journey into the fascinating world of Synthetic Biology research and applications. Addressing both the needs for continuing the path we've taken and the fears we might be facing. Will we be able to cure genetic diseases, create new products, generate clean energy? And what are the tradeoffs?

How to fight the war against super bugs / Hoe kunnen we super bacteriën verslaan?
Every year, 25 000 people in the European Union die as a result of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
If nothing changes, it is expected that globally, 10 million people will die every year by 2050. Despite this worrying fact, not enough new antibiotics are being developed. In presentation, Nadine will explain why we need to act now, what causes bacterial resistance, how we can all contribute to a solution and what strategies are being developed by researchers around the world.