Cooperation Parliament and Science has officially started

2 October 2014

Science organisations NWO, KNAW, De Jonge Akademie and VSNU have entered into a structural collaboration with the Dutch House of Representatives. Hans Clevers (President KNAW), Jeroen Geurts (Chair De Jonge Akademie), Karl Dittrich (Chair VSNU) and Jos Engelen (Chair NWO) signed the covenant for the project “Parliament and Science” on Wednesday 1 October together with the Chair of the Dutch House of Representatives Anouchka van Miltenburg. This means that the pilot which started three years ago will now be continued indefinitely.

Hans Clevers (president KNAW), Jeroen Geurts (chair De Jonge Akademie), Karl Dittrich (chair VSNU) and Jos Engelen (chair NWO) signed the covenant for the project “Parliament and Science” on Wednesday 1 October together with the Chair of the Dutch House of Representatives Anouchka van Miltenburg. Credits: Hans KouwenhovenHans Clevers (president KNAW), Jeroen Geurts (chair De Jonge Akademie), Karl Dittrich (chair VSNU) and Jos Engelen (chair NWO) signed the covenant for the project “Parliament and Science” on Wednesday 1 October together with the Chair of the Dutch House of Representatives Anouchka van Miltenburg. Credits: Hans Kouwenhoven

The signing took place during a so-called ‘Breakfast meeting’, in the presence of Members of the Dutch House of Representatives and scientists. These meetings offer parliamentarians the possibility to informally exchange ideas about a theme with scientists.

Hans Clevers (president KNAW), Jeroen Geurts (voorzitter De Jonge Akademie), Karl Dittrich (voorzitter VSNU) en Jos Engelen (voorzitter NWO) ondertekenden woensdag 1 oktober samen met de voorzitter van de Tweede Kamer, Anouchka van Miltenburg, het convenant voor het project “Parlement en Wetenschap”Credits: Hans Kouwenhoven

Breakfast meetings are one of the instruments that parliamentarians can make use of besides the scientific factsheet and the network exploration. A scientific factsheet presents the current scientific knowledge in a given policy or knowledge area. The network exploration is a document that gives the Dutch House of Representatives a quick overview of scientists, research groups and research institutes with expertise in a specific area and can be used, for example, to prepare for a roundtable discussion.

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