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WINNER 2023 » Speakers » Prof. Margot Weijnen
Prof. Margot Weijnen
Dutch Research Council (NWO), Chair Domain Engineering and Applied Sciences


Since 1 March 2020, Margot Weijnen is a member of the executive board and chair of the NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences (AES). From 2005 to 2013, she was a member and vice-chair of the board of AES precursor Technology Foundation STW.

Margot Weijnen (1957) is professor of process & energy systems engineering at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at the Delft University of Technology. She studied chemical process engineering at TU Delft and received her PhD for research on the prevention of scaling. After obtaining her doctorate, she worked for Shell until becoming scientific director of Interduct in 1990, which at the time was TU Delft’s Interfaculty Institute for Clean Technology. In 1995 she was appointed full professor at TU Delft. She also became scientific director in 2001 of the foundation Next Generation Infrastructures, a knowledge consortium consisting of the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management, the Port of Rotterdam, Alliander, Schiphol, ProRail and Vitens.

In addition to her work for TU Delft, Margot Weijnen has held many management and advisory positions in organisations such as the Technology Foundation STW, the Netherlands Aerospace Centre, the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute and the Netherlands Study Centre for Technology Trends. For eight years, she was a member of the Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation and the General Energy Council, and she was a member of the first Innovation Platform and became a member of the supervisory board of AkzoNobel Nederland in 2009. As an STW administrator, she was involved in instruments such as the Perspectief programme and the Partnerships from the very beginning, which enabled the domain to build a solid position for AES.