Dr. Kalmar, E.

Éva Kalmár is an Assistant Professor in Communication Design for Innovation in the Design, Organisation and Methodology department at the Industrial Design Engineering Faculty. She is investigating the dynamics of transdisciplinary collaborations in the context of mission-driven innovation and technology development. By combining sociology and communication theories with the fields of team science and creativity, she aims to find ways to facilitate effective and creative team processes for socially inclusive and creative outcomes. She is also an advocate for open science practices.

Academic Background

Éva studied and taught the system's perspective, team dynamics and communication aspects of transdisciplinary collaborations in the Communication Design for Innovation team of the Science Education and Communication (SEC) section in the Faculty of Applied Sciences at TU Delft. Her interest in transdisciplinarity and open science can be dated back to her previous studies. She conducted her PhD project in Molecular and Developmental Biology at the University of Heidelberg, doing research on zebrafish gene regulation as part of a European consortium. She completed her second Master's degree in Science Communication at TU Delft, and in her Master's thesis, she investigated the collaboration readiness of scientists with various disciplinary backgrounds working in academia and private companies in scientific collaborations.


  • 2013 – 2016
    MSc studies in Science Communication at TU Delft, The Netherlands
  • 2004 – 2008
    PhD project in molecular and developmental biology at Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Faculty of Bioscience, Germany
  • 1996 – 2001
    BSc and MSc studies in Biology, Molecular Biology, and Microbiology at Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Science, Budapest, Hungary


  • 2021 — present
    Assistant professor in Communication Design for Innovation, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • 2016 — 2021
    Lecturer, and later lecturer and researcher in Communication Design for Innovation, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • 2015 — 2016
    Science outreach intern at Biotecture, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2014 — 2015
    Science communication intern at Bluerise BV, Delft, The Netherland
  • 2010 — 2011
    Guest scientist at University of Leiden, Institute Biology Leiden, The Netherlands
  • 2004 — 2008
    PhD candidate at Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Institute für Toxicologie und Genetik, Germany
  • 2001 — 2004
    Assistant researcher at Semmelweis University of Medicine, Department of Medical Chemistry, Budapest, Hungary
  • 2000 — 2001
    Biochemistry – molecular biology intern at Richter Gedeon Pharmaceutical company, Budapest, Hungary

Specialisation/field of research

  • Understanding, describing and supporting the dynamics of inter- and transdisciplinary multisector innovation teams from the perspective of creativity and team science
  • Systems perspective on innovation ecosystems, overview of the individual, team and organisation layers of innovation networks
  • Social scientific research methods
  • Bringing design methods into the collaboration readiness measurements
  • Open Science and Virtual Research Environments as collaboration-supporting tools
  • Using sociology, collaboration and communication theories to design better collaborations

Involved in the project(s)