Chemistry Round Table on tour: Groningen and Twente

2 April 2019

In 2019 the Chemistry Round Table will be visiting, in several stages, every institute and faculty that makes a significant contribution to Dutch chemistry. The main aims of this tour are to obtain a clear picture of the state of Dutch chemistry, to inform the field about the role played by the Chemistry Round Table within NWO, and to pick up signals from the field that could assist NWO in giving good advice. Last 26 February the Round Table visited Groningen and Twente.

Useful meetings

The Round Table took part in two very useful meetings and was impressed by its enthusiastic and well-organised reception in Twente and Groningen. Led by the dean, the Table held talks with senior and tenure-track researchers to discuss the sector scene and the implementation of sector plans, the researchers’ experiences with the new Open Competition framework in the Science (Exacte en Natuurwetenschappen, ENW) domain of NWO, the research community (working groups, CHAINS), DUBBLE, and their experiences with large-scale infrastructure in general.

Chemistry Round Table on tour: the background

In December 2017 the NWO Science domain board set up seven per-discipline Round Tables tasked with advising the Science domain board and supporting the self-organising capacity of the science field. The Chemistry Round Table has now been active for just over a year, during which time it has advised NWO on the NWO and Science domain strategies for the coming period, the harmonisation of open competition, Open Access, and a number of other topics. In consultation with the field, the Round Table has also turned fifteen study groups into four working groups, each with their own advisory committee.

The Chemistry Round Table hopes that this tour will yield a good picture of Dutch chemistry and the concerns of researchers working in the field. It will also use the tour to inform the field about the role of the Round Table itself within NWO. At each visit the Table will hold talks with a small delegation of senior researchers and a number of tenure-track researchers.


In 2019 the Chemistry Round Table will stage the following visits:

  • the University of Twente and the University of Groningen
  • Leiden University, LUMC, Erasmus MC, Delft University of Technology
  • Eindhoven University of Technology, DIFFER, Maastricht University
  • Utrecht University, the Hubrecht Institute, Wageningen University & Research, Radboud University, Radboud University Medical Centre
  • the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Medical Centre, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, VU Medical Centre, NKI, AMOLF

Source: NWO