Presentation NWO strategy 2015-2018

10 April 2015

On Monday 13 April, NWO will present its new strategy for the period 2015-2018. The core task of NWO remains stimulating quality and innovation in non-programmatic and thematic scientific research within all disciplines. The NWO strategy will build further on this basis with a focus that strengthens the connections researchers have with the business community and society.

NWO Strategy 2015-2018


At the Gemeentemusuem in The Hague, NWO chair Jos Engelen will hand a copy of the NWO Strategy 2015-2018 to the State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science, Sander Dekker, in the presence of more than 400 important partners of NWO who have made a major contribution to the realisation of the NWO strategy.

Partners in discussion

Collaboration between NWO and researchers, universities, government ministries, companies and civil society organisations will form the focus of the programme. With the help of challenging propositions researchers and representatives of stakeholders of NWO will exchange ideas with each other. Rianne Letschert (chair of De Jonge Akademie), Karl Dittrich (chair Association of Universities in the Netherlands), Peter Hagoort (Spinoza laureate 2005, chair ‘Spinoza club’) and Gerard Meijer (President Executive Board Radboud University Nijmegen) will discuss the connections within science.

During a brief intermezzo Peter Paul Verbeek will inspire the guests with a spoken column. After that Annelien Bredenoord (member Jonge Akademie), Hans Clevers (President Royal Netherlands Academy for Arts and Sciences), Pauline Herder (member Top Team Top Sector Energy) and Dirk Smit (Chief Scientist Shell Global Solutions) will discuss the connection of science with society and the business community. The afternoon will be concluded with the presentation of the NWO strategy to the State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science, Sander Dekker.


From Monday 13 April at 17.00 hours CET the NWO Strategy Memorandum 2015-2018 will be available on the NWO website. From that moment onwards the website will also have a slightly different structure. The section About NWO will be expanded to include all information about the NWO strategy. The policy files under News and events will be made directly accessible under a new menu item Policy in the main navigation (red bar). This item will replace Our Ambitions. The other parts of the website will remain unchanged.

Source: NWO