120 researchers meet at Talent Scheme Laureates meeting

14 December 2015

120 researchers with a grant from NWO’s Talent Scheme attended the Talent Scheme Laureates meeting 2015. The meeting was held at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam.

Group photo VI-Laureates meeting. Credits:: Hanne NijhuisGroup photo VI-Laureates meeting. Credits: Hanne Nijhuis. Click to download.

During the opening of the networking and inspiration afternoon for Talent Scheme laureates, Hans de Groene, director general of NWO, called upon the Talent Scheme laureates to take the lead in publishing in Open Access. ’There are various possibilities to publish Open Access. Please make use of these,’ said De Groene during a discussion with moderator Eva Brouwer. De Groene reminded the laureates present about the possibility of ‘Green’ Open Access, in which researchers make a version of their publication accessible to everybody via a (university) repository. This can also be a pre-review version of the publication.

The networking and inspiration afternoon for Talent Scheme laureates was organised by NWO in collaboration with the Association for Researchers in the Talent Scheme (VVViO). The meeting attracted more than 70 Veni laureates, more than 40 Vidi laureates and 8 Vici laureates. About 20 employees of NWO were also present. The Talent Scheme researchers followed workshops about subjects such as putting together a research group and interacting with the media. NWO Spinoza laureates Birgit Meyer and Bert Weckhuysen gave an ‘inspirational session’. During the celebratory drinks, Talent Scheme laureates exchanged ideas with each other and the NWO employees present about research and science policy while enjoying a drink and the live music.

Talent Scheme

The Talent Scheme offers individual grants to talented, creative researchers so that they can develop their own, innovative line of research. The Talent Scheme has three funding instruments for the different phases in the career of scientists: Veni for researchers who have recently gained their doctorate; Vidi, for experienced researchers; Vici, for senior researchers who have successfully demonstrated their ability to develop an own line of research. With the Talent Scheme NWO invests more than 150 million euros per year in curiosity-driven and non-programmed research.

Source: NWO