Photo: Robert Goddyn
The Netherlands, 1957
politician, scientist

Ronald Plasterk

Ronald Plasterk is a politician for the Dutch Labour Party. He studied economics and biology, gained a PhD in science and was a researcher in Dutch as well as foreign laboratories. In 1997, he was made Professor of Genetics in Amsterdam, a post he was later to hold in Utrecht as well. Plasterk was a columnist for de Volkskrant until he became Minister of Education, Culture and Science in 2007. Since 2012 he has been Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations.

Speaker at


Part II. What Is an Educated Man?

Towards a Definition of Western Culture

9 September 2007 09.20 - 18.15 Passenger Terminal, Amsterdam