From the chair of NWO Domain Science

Column 5: Good times

The NWO Domain Science organises six large events and supports more, providing this service across the domain. By organising and supporting these events NWO aims to create platforms where researchers can discuss issues of common interest and concern and interact.

Dear colleagues,

I just got back from Physics@Veldhoven. Vibrant, invigorating, so much energy in the air, such great science in the sessions, such an effective community-building and networking event. Not to mention the amazing Julia Greer who gave the after dinner science lecture, only to follow it up with a classical music performance, together with two equally multi-talented Dutch physicists Arjen Vredenberg and Stein van Eden.

Physics@Veldhoven, NAC, ICT.OPEN, NMC, DutchBiophysics, CHAINS….., and for the first time, in May …: Life! These congresses are not just nice events organised or supported by NWO to give researchers a good time. They are designed to build communities, to connect researchers from different disciplines and subdisciplines, to give researchers the opportunity to stay abreast of developments in fields outside their own specialisation, to connect academic researchers with their colleagues in industry. By organising and supporting these events NWO aims to create platforms where researchers can discuss issues of common interest and concern, where the NWO Domain Science round tables can interact with their field and where NWO staff can meet the researchers they work for.

Niek Lopes Cardozo, acting chair of the Board of NWO Domain Science.  Photo: Bram Saeys.Niek Lopes Cardozo, acting chair of the Board of NWO Domain Science. Photo: Bram Saeys.

And yes, these meetings are also designed to give you a good time. Judging from the massive participation these are 'must-attend' events. We know that you have busy schedules and you would not attend these meetings if they did not serve a professional purpose. The NWO Domain Science is organising six large events and supports more, providing this service across the domain. Best practices are shared between them and we are in the process of harmonising the cost structure. While these events are perceived as very successful already, we are always open to suggestions for further improvements. Don’t hesitate to give us your feedback.

But, we do more than the large events: recently, the NWO Domain Science launched a programme that enables full, associate and assistant professors or researchers with a comparable appointment to get support for the organisation of small, targeted scientific meetings or consultations for the formation of new teams and consortia. This stems from the strategic manifesto 2019-2022 'Off the beaten track'; NWO has a role (nexus!) in stimulating the formation of both small and large research teams and of national and international consortia.

And for now? I am looking forward to NAC 2019 and the first edition of Life!!

 

Niek Lopes Cardozo, acting chair of the Board of NWO Domain Science

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