The power of logical thinking

The tidy room with its empty desk reflects the organised mind of its occupant. Professor of Econometrics Franz Palm talks about his field with infectious enthusiasm, though in carefully chosen words. “Econometrics combines ‘hard’ maths with the ‘softer’ social sciences. That’s why it appeals to me so much.” Last summer he was honoured with the title Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion for his academic career.

Also new in the UM web magazine an interview with Stefaan de Wildeman, professor New Biobased Building Blocks. He is convinced that the industrial dogma “cheaper is better” is about to prove short-sighted. In addition to developing new plastics from renewable sources in his laboratory on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus, he is working to change the way we think about plastics.  And how best to prepare students for the labour market? According to Mariëlle Heijltjes and Oscar van den Wijngaard, ‘employability’ is also a matter of attitude.   

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