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dr. ir. Bart Knols MBA

dr. ir. Bart Knols MBA

Medical Entomologist
Talen : Engels, Nederlands, Duits

  • Categorieën

  • Wetenschap
    • Biologie
  • Duurzaamheid/MVO
    • Climate Change
  • Innovatie & Creativiteit
    • Creativiteit
    • Innovatie
  • Gezondheidszorg
  • Inzetbaarheid

  • Lezing
  • Consultant/Trainer
  • Onderwerpen

  • The history of tropical medicine (malaria, yellow fever), from early discoveries to genetic engineering of mosquitoes or using nuclear technology against insects
  • Climate change and insect-borne disease in Europe. Will malaria return to the Netherlands? What are the future threats that mosquitoes pose to our wellbeing?
  • Everything you always wanted to know about mosquitoes, but were afraid to ask. Can mosquitoes transmit HIV? Does Vitamin B help against mosquitoes? Does drinking Gin & Tonic cure malaria? Do citronella candles work? Why are some more attractive
  • Scientific writing
  • Scientific presentations
  • Science management (and how scientists can learn from the business world). How can managers learn from science? How can scientists learn from business?
  • Creativity and innovation in research (particularly on the importance of synergy and value creation). How does one drive innovation?
  • Creepy crawlies on holiday – from ticks to flies to scorpions, cockroaches and lice. How to stay safe and sane in the jungle
  • Alle onderwerpen

Bart G.J. Knols is a scientist, author, and entrepreneur with a Masters degree in Biology and a Doctoral degree in Medical Entomology from Wageningen University, the Netherlands (1996). He also obtained a Masters in Business Administration degree from the Open University (UK) with distinction in 2006 for which he won the prestigious international 'MBA Student of the Year 2007 Award'. Bart has lived and worked in East Africa for eleven years when working for ministries, international

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Bart G.J. Knols is a scientist, author, and entrepreneur with a Masters degree in Biology and a Doctoral degree in Medical Entomology from Wageningen University, the Netherlands (1996). He also obtained a Masters in Business Administration degree from the Open University (UK) with distinction in 2006 for which he won the prestigious international 'MBA Student of the Year 2007 Award'. Bart has lived and worked in East Africa for eleven years when working for ministries, international or national research institutions. Insects that transmit infectious diseases such as malaria, dengue, and sleeping sickness fascinate him. He loves the African bush and gets inspired when developing low-cost solutions to conquer these diseases. He has led research groups of more than 100 staff, worked as a programme manager for the United Nations (IAEA), and has served as a consultant for the World Health Organization. Development issues and foreign aid policy have his interest. He is currently a Board Member of the UBS Bank Optimus Foundation, the second largest charity in Switzerland. Bart has published over 130 peer reviewed research articles, has written numerous book chapters, and has served as senior editor on a United Nations sponsored book on implementation research. He co-edited the bestselling book 'Emerging pests and vector-borne diseases in Europe', that details the changes in insect-borne diseases as a result of climate change, increased tourism and globalisation. His discovery that African mosquitoes can be attracted with Limburger cheese made him world-famous, and earned him an Ig Nobel Prize (2006). In 2007 he became a laureate of the Eijkman medal (the highest award in the field of tropical medicine and international health in the Netherlands). As a former staff member of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) he was co-awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. He has been a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2004. Bart holds a visiting scientist position at the Amsterdam Medical Centre, and obtained an honorary professorship from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa in 2009. He also directs K&S Consulting, and connects the global malaria research community with nearly five thousand members through MalariaWorld, an online social and scientific platform. A gifted speaker, Bart has captivated numerous audiences with details of his research and work in Africa, often in remote and hostile environments. He contracted malaria, the disease he studies most, nine times and nearly lost his wife to it. Infectious diseases, their control, and in particular the search for innovative solutions appropriate for the developing world, is his specialty. Since obtaining his MBA, Bart also provides training and personal coaching to those that have to appear in front of audiences – so far with great success. Bart recently published a book (in Dutch) on mosquitoes for the general public. In talks he addresses fascinating questions like ‘Why am I always (or hardly) bitten by mosquitoes?’, ‘Does eating garlic help against mosquitoes?’, and ‘How can I best protect myself from bites?’. From the intriguing historical discoveries that connected mosquitoes to diseases, to the most advanced high-tech approaches currently being tested, Bart will present them both for specialist as well as broad, mixed, audiences aided by great animations and visual material. Finally, Bart has been involved in leading scientific debates in front of audiences, which earned him the Scientific Speech of the Year Award, awarded by the Malaria Foundation International, in 2006. His work has been covered by various media, including television (CNN, BBCworld), popular science magazines (New Scientist, National Geographic) and he featured as a prominent Dutch innovator in the KLM in-flight magazine Holland Herald in 2007.

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Mug

Titel:
Mug
 
Subtitel:
De fascinerende wereld van volksvijand nummer 1
 
Auteur:
Bart Knols
 
Uitgeverij:
Paperback
 
Uitvoering:
Nieuw Amsterdam
 
 
 
 
Verschijningsdatum Najaar 2009

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Olfaction in vector-host interactions

Titel:
Olfaction in vector-host interactions
 
Auteur:
Bart Knols
 
Uitgeverij:
Wageningen Academic Publishers
 
Uitvoering:
Hardcover, 360 pages
 
ISBN:
978-90-8686-091-3
 
 
 
 
 

This is a multi-authored book with a focus on the role of olfaction (the sense of smell) in the multitude of interactions between arthropods and their blood hosts. Most arthropods, like insects, do not depend on a vertebrate host for survival and reproduction. In contrast, the fitness of those that do, depends on how efficiently they can detect the presence of a host and actively locate it to obtain a blood meal. This is the domain of olfaction, which is perhaps the most important mode of signal exchange between hosts and blood-feeding arthropods that visit them. Important human and domestic animal diseases like malaria, dengue, West Nile virus, bluetongue and trypanosomiasis are transmitted between humans and/or domestic animals as a direct outcome of olfactory responses mediated by host odours. Increased understanding of olfaction and how this governs interactions between arthropods and blood hosts will enable the development of novel strategies to disrupt this behaviour. Many species of tsetse fly, for instance, respond over distance to simple blends of synthetic odours. Combined with traps or insecticide-treated targets, such odour-baited devices can effectively suppress fly populations and thus transmission of sleeping sickness. Such systems still need to be developed for disease-vectoring mosquitoes necessitating further knowledge on the chemical basis of interactions with humans. In 18 peer-reviewed chapters, recognized experts provide a state-of-the-art overview of olfaction in vector-host interactions, from the molecular to population biology level. Novel ideas, definition of research gaps, and a collection of the most recent studies will be of value to biology students, chemical ecologists, as well as those implementing vector control programmes.

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Emerging pests and vector-borne diseases in Europe

Titel:
Emerging pests and vector-borne diseases in Europe
 
Auteur:
Bart Knols
 
Uitgeverij:
Wageningen Academic Publishers
 
Uitvoering:
Hardcover, 500 pages
 
ISBN:
978-90-868-6053-1
 
 
 
 
 

This is a multi-authored book concerning the perceived threat and recorded increase of emerging pests and vector-borne diseases affecting man and animals in Europe. Historically, Europe suffered from numerous pests and vector-borne diseases, including yellow fever, malaria, plague and typhus. Introduction of hygienic measures, drugs and vector control caused the disappearance of many of these diseases from Europe. In the (sub)tropics, however, many of these diseases still thrive, causing serious health problems for humans and animals. Increased trade, leading to animal and human movement and climate change cause reason to assume that several of these diseases might become re-established or allow 'new' diseases and pests to be introduced in Europe. The recent outbreaks of bluetongue virus in North-western Europe highlights this concern, requiring an effective surveillance systems for the early detection of pests and vector-borne diseases. In 24 chapters this book provides examples of the most likely pests and diseases affecting man and animals in Europe, with emphasis on ecological factors favouring these diseases and methods for prevention and intervention. The authors are recognized experts in specific fields. All chapters are peer reviewed.

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Bridging Laboratory and Field Research for Genetic Control of Disease Vectors

Titel:
Bridging Laboratory and Field Research for Genetic Control of Disease Vectors
 
Auteur:
Bart Knols
 
Uitgeverij:
Wageningen Academic Publishers
 
Uitvoering:
Hardcover, 225 pages
 
ISBN:
978-14-020-3799-3
 
 
 
 
 

Contemporary research on genetic control of disease-transmitting insects knows two kinds of scientists: those that work in the laboratory and those known as ‘field people’. Over the last decade, both groups seem to have developed differing research priorities, address fundamentally different aspects within the overall discipline of infectious-disease control, and worse, have developed a scientific ‘language’ that is no longer understood by the ‘other’ party. This gap widens every day, between the North and the South, between ecologists and molecular biologists, geneticists and behaviourists, etc. The need to develop a common research agenda that bridges this gap has been identified as a top priority by all parties involved. Only then shall the goal of developing appropriate genetic-control strategies for vectors of disease become reality. This book is the reflection of a workshop, held in Nairobi (Kenya) in July 2004, that addressed the above issues. It brought together a good representation of both the molecular and ecological research disciplines and, for the first time, included a significant number of researchers from disease-endemic countries. The research agenda presented here will serve the research and science-policy communities alike, and guide sponsoring organizations with the selection of priority areas for research funding.

De Volkskrant

“Zijn onderzoek haalt wereldwijd alle kranten."


Quest magazine

"Kaas en zweetvoeten: Een brilliante ingeving."


Nature

“Knols verontschuldigde zich tegenover zijn vrouw die hij als naakte proefpersoon liet steken door muggen.”


Wageningen University and Director, Nederlands Institute of Ecology

Prof. dr. Louise Vet, Professor in Evolutionary Ecology

“Bart is a highly motivated and driven person, full of new ideas, enthusiastic about everything that he initiates. Skilled in his research and great in his public outreach. Sometimes I think the world is too small for Bart. He needs to fly and make miles. Go for it Bart!”


Association of MBAs (London, UK)

Jeanette Purcell, CEO

“Bart was the Association of MBAs Student of the Year winner in 2007 and was, in 2009, a member of the judging panel for the same award. As Student of the Year winner, Bart impressed me and the other judges with his determination to use his education, skills and passion to create a positive difference in society. He has willingly acted as an ambassador for the Association of MBAs and in this role has demonstrated excellent public speaking skills. He is a dedicated networker and has achieved a great deal by identifying and pursuing useful connections to help him achieve success.”


Wageningen University

Fedor Gassner

“Bart is a scientist who can flawlesly combine fascinating approaches to vector biology on a fundamental as well as applied field. Due to his excellent social and communication skills, combined with a wide experience in the field of vector ecology, he is able to inspire people to spawn innovative research.”


Wageningen University

Yutong Qiu

“Bart is extraordinary. As a gifted scientist he is creative, persistent, precise, diligent and above all, enthusiastic. He has a tremendous number of publications and a great citation record. He has become one of the most influential scientists in the field of vector ecology. Bart is not only an excellent researcher he also has great talent in getting research grants and managing research projects. Bart always has amazingly a lot of great ideas; more amazingly, he has the ability to realize these ideas. Bart is a reformer and is constantly seeking for strategic solutions for problems. Bart is stimulating, helpful and amusing and always ready to help. Bart inspires people, he has the ability to get everybody out of their safety corner and set them into action. His passion and optimistic character has a great positive influence on the atmosphere he works in.”