Showcase your research story at Bessensap 2017

8 March 2017

Put it in your diary: the 2017 edition of Bessensap is taking place on Friday 16 June! About 400 journalists, press officers and researchers will meet at the Rode Hoed in Amsterdam to network and exchange knowledge about recent developments in science and science communication. If you are interested in having your research presentation evaluated by a critical audience, then register to make a presentation on Bessensap!

The Bessensap programme consists of various components. The plenary programme, for example, revolves around current debates and events. Scientists will present newsworthy research results in various sessions, and you will have the opportunity to acquaint yourself with the way journalists and press officers operate during several workshops. Moreover, these workshops will give you a chance to broaden your knowledge and skills in a variety of areas. The winners of the NWO Spinoza Prize will be announced at Bessensap. More information about the programme will be available soon on NWO’s website.

Presentation of research

To boost the programme, NWO is looking for scientists who would like to give a presentation about their research to a large audience of science journalists and communication specialists. We challenge researchers from all levels to submit a relevant proposal: that means researchers with a proven track record in science as well as young research talent.

Researchers who are not funded by NWO are also more than welcome to submit a proposal. The idea is to make a presentation with a contemporary, newsworthy and mediagenic angle. Think, for example, of a recent or forthcoming result, surprising insights or a new line of research. The presentation must be accessible to laypeople, and it cannot be under embargo. Bessensap research presentations last 15 minutes, after which there is 5 minutes for questions and debates with the audience.


If you’re interested in registering, please send your proposal to Linda Slootmaker at no later than Friday 31 March. We will announce which presentations have made it into the programme in the week of 17 April.

Content of proposal

Include the following in your proposal, which may not exceed 200 words:

  • Working title
  • Subject: what are you going to say and show?
  • Why will it interest the press?
  • What kind of presentation will it be?
  • What domain does it fall under? Arts/social sciences, medical/life sciences, STEM
  • Your contact details: name, e-mail address, telephone number, position, research institute and discipline


If you’re interested in an additional chance to join the programme, then send a video explaining your proposal (max. 2 minutes) and showcasing your presentation skills.


If you have any questions, please send an e-mail or call Linda Slootmaker at or +31 (0)70 – 3440714.

Good luck!

The Bessensap organisation


More information

Source: NWO