30 October 2016

Science and Business Innovation (NW&I)

Science and Innovation Management

The undergraduate programme Science and Innovation Management creates the bridge between the social and technical aspects of innovation; the development and implementation of innovations are central. Students of this undergraduate programme combine the knowledge of exact sciences, such as biology, physics and chemistry, with social studies and economics to try to understand the complexity of innovation. The study Science and Innovation Management offers two tracks:

  • Life Science: Developments in the field of medical biotechnology are of great interest to innovation students. The increasing costs of drug development and the medical need for new and improved treatments offer a learning platform for case studies and analyses. Students in the Life Sciences study track are taught to examine the range of biotechnological options for treating diseases and to understand the development and assessment undergone by a biotechnological medical product.

Topics addressed in this study track are Drug Assesment, Xenotheraphy, Gene Therapy, Implementation and Institutional Regulation of Life Sciences Related Technologies etc.

  • Energy and Transport: The global demand for energy has been increasing rapidly in the past decades and will continue to increase in the future. The combustion of fossil fuels for energy production raises issues involving the environmental effects of energy production and the geopolitics around energy recourses. Therefore, the need for a more sustainable supply and use of energy is rising and innovation processes play a crucial role. Expertise about these processes is needed to successfully implement cleaner technologies and improvements in existing technologies.

On the other hand, Growing populations and increasing welfare have over the years resulted in a range of mobility issues for which creative innovative solutions are necessary. Infrastructure systems have to cope with a number of travellers that is steadily increasing. Moreover, large infrastructural changes are difficult to implement. Students in the transport study track become skilled at critically analysing problems related to transport and they learn about the implementation process for e.g. magnetic trains and electric cars.

Topics addressed in this study track are Renewable energy sources (e.g. wind turbines, solar panels and biomass systems), Climate change, Processing of raw materials, Overcrowded on Public Transport, Traffic Congestion, Environmental Pollution, and Implementation and institutional regulation of energy and transport related technologies.

For more info, visit http://www.uu.nl/bachelors/natuurwetenschap-en-innovatiemanagement