Environment: developments at home and abroad


  • Increasing mobility and competition for talented scientists looking for the best environment to shape their ideas and careers.
  • Internationalisation and up-scaling of scientific activities: greater need and necessity for joint agenda setting and strategic planning - also aimed at global challenges.
  • Cross-pollination between scientific disciplines and between scientific and societal challenges, yielding exciting new fields of research.
  • A transition to open accessibility of the results of publicly funded research: open access and open data.
  • Growing investment in science in an increasing number of countries that are strong in research.

The Netherlands

  • Focusing of universities on their strengths in research and education, with opportunities for national collaboration and joining forces across institutional boundaries.
  • More collaboration between universities, colleges and institutes for applied research that leads to a dynamic link between fundamental, application-oriented and applied research allowing for more rapid use of research results.
  • Joint research programming – also recorded in innovation contracts – between science, government, companies and civil society organisations.
  • Increasing pressure on scientists and limited room for their ideas and creativity, due to tight budgets, increasingly specific designation of research resources, and a multiplicity of controlling agendas for research.