Bart (B.) Penders

Birthdate: 26-09-1980


Personal statement:

I am an Assistant Professor in Biomedicine and Society, currently researching and teaching at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. My research deals with scientific collaboration, in which I focus mainly, but not exclusively on biomedicine and nutrition science. I study how scientists collaborate to create knowledge, how they render such knowledge credible and how non-scientists are involved in knowledge production and credibilisation.

I obtained my PhD from Maastricht University in 2008 and after being a post-doctoral fellow at Radboud University Nijmegen, Institute for Science, Innovation & Society, Centre for Society & Genomics, 2008-2012 and an Edmond J Safra Network Fellow in 2013-2014, I now hold a faculty position at Maastricht University.

I have also been a visiting scholar at the Institute of Science and Technology Studies at Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany (2008), at the Social Science Research Centre at Canterbury University, Christchurch, New Zealand (2010) and a guest researcher at the Dept. of Science Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria (2011).

I teach in multiple curricula, highlighting that science is a cultural practice, which makes it relevant to focus on, amongst other things, the study of how science and technology are made, by whom they are made, and how the making and using of knowledge, interacts with its societal context.

In both my research and teaching, this involves the inclusion of actors who were previously considered to be mere audience or recipients of knowledge and technology but of whom we have realised that they are true co-creators of technoscience: patients, publics, users and affiliates.

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- UTQ, University Teaching Qualification, Maastricht University, NL
- PhD, "Politics of Collaboration in Nutrition Science", Maastricht University, NL
- MSc, Biology, Radboud University Nijmegen, NL & Regensburg University, D.

Dietary credibility; research integrity; responsible research practices

- Sociology of science
- Sociology of scientific knowledge
- Anthropology of science
- Science and Technology Studies
- Science Communication
- Public Understanding of Science

Student projects:

Dietary credibility, including the credibility of diet gurus, diet authors and weight loss narratives.
Research integrity, including critical studies of collaboration and authorship, public-private collaboration.


Health, Ethics and Society (Assistant professor)