Dr Hinne Hettema

Adjunct Senior Fellow

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology


Dr Hinne Hettema is a senior research fellow in uqcyber, focused on cybersecurity operations, security of operational technology and philosophy of cybersecurity. He has a background in theoretical chemistry (PhD 1993) and philosophy of science (PhD 2012). He has been working in cybersecurity in a professional context since 1997. At UQ, he participates in research and assists with specialised knowledge in the areas of threat intelligence, incident response, security operations and malware research.

Previous research by Dr Hettema has been in the area of quantum chemistry and philosophy of science.

Research Interests

  • cybersecurity of operational technology
  • philosophy of cybersecurity
  • cybersecurity operations

Research Impacts

Dr Hettema works as a security leader, author and speaker with particular strengths in IT and OT security operations and incident response. He is specialised in the establishment of cyber security operation centres, service definition and execution. He has extensive experience with monitoring, incident handling and response, including IT and OT environments.

He is a First.org liaison member and trainer.


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Book Chapter

  • Hettema, Hinne (2016). Chemistry and the theoretician's dilemma. Essays in the philosophy of chemistry. (pp. 279-305) edited by Eric Scerri and Grant Fisher. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

  • Hettema, Hinne (2014). Reduction for a Dappled World: Connecting Chemical and Physical Theories. Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science. (pp. 5-22) Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Netherlands. doi: 10.1007/978-94-017-9364-3_2

  • Hettema, Hinne and Kuipers, Theo A. F. (2000). The formalization of the Periodic Table. In Wolfgang Balzer, J. D. Sneed and C. U. Moulines (Ed.), Structuralist knowledge representation (pp. 285-306) Atlanta, GA USA: Rodopi.

  • Hettema, Hinne and Kuipers, Theo A. F. (1995). Sommerfeld's Atombau: a case study in potential truth approximation. In Theo A. F. Kuipers and Anne Ruth Mackor (Ed.), Cognitive patterns in science and common sense (pp. 273-298) Atlanta, GA USA: Rodopi.

Journal Article