The Chair of the Executive Board of ARC CBBC, Ben Feringa, has been decorated as Commander of the Netherlands Lion. Minister Jet Bussemaker awarded him the decoration on 23 November with a speech (in Dutch) evoking the movie Dead Poets Society.
“In the future, your discovery may lead to the development of tiny robots that can seek out cancerous cells. But, you added right away, it is a matter of endurance. Fundamental research does not always – and certainly not immediately – lead to applications. But it may, and so we have to continue to invest in it. Because, like Mr. Keating always reminded his students in Dead Poets Society: “Ideas can change the world.””