The first Holst Memorial Lecture was held in 1977 to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. With support from Philips Research, the Holst Lecture became an annual tradition. An eminent scientist is invited to deliver the lecture to an audience consisting of university staff, students, representatives from industry and other guests with a general interest in science and technology. The general theme chosen for these lectures reflects the important contribution of Dr. Gilles Holst to research and technology in the Netherlands: ‘the development of applied sciences, particularly mathematics and the natural sciences, for the benefit of industry on the one side and their implications for society on the other.’
After delivering the Holst lecture, the speaker will receive the Holst memorial Lecture Award, an artist medal designed by Dutch Master sculptor Jos Reniers.
Candidates for the Award are selected by a committee under the joint chairmanship of
- Frank Baaijens, Rector Magnificus of the TU/e
- Henk van Houten, CTO Royal Philips and
- Geert Depovere, Head of Research Signify
Secretary to the Holst committee is Joep Huiskamp (TU/e).