Do you want to provide input for new NWO policy? Then register your interest in chairing an SSH roundtable.

19 September 2019

The NWO Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) Domain Board wants to enter into a sustainable collaboration with the SSH research field to shape NWO policy. Researchers in the social sciences and humanities have expressed the same wish. The Domain Board is establishing SSH roundtables to structure the discussions with the field. The NWO SSH Domain Board is looking for researchers interested in chairing a roundtable.

The aim of the roundtables is, based on the researchers' needs and wishes, to advise the Domain Board about policy, programming in the context of the Dutch Research Agenda, mission-driven innovation policy and NWO procedures. Each roundtable will act on behalf of a cluster of academic disciplines and will consist of a number of researchers in various phases of their career with two co-chairs per roundtable. The aim is that the roundtables reflect the SSH research field.

Interested in chairing a roundtable?

The NWO SSH Domain Board is initially looking for senior and mid-career researchers interested in chairing a roundtable. Then the working methods and composition of the roundtables can be determined in consultation with the intended chairs. Are you interested in chairing an SSH roundtable? Then please express this interest no later than 21st October via the registration page on the NWO website. For further information please contact Janneke van Kersen (NWO-SGWtafels@nwo.nl, +31 70 349 45 72).

Discussion subjects

Possible subjects for discussion for the new SSH roundtables are: changes in the form of the SSH Open Competition, recognition and reward within the social sciences and humanities, and putting research relevant to the social sciences and humanities on the agenda of the mission-driven innovation policy 2020-2023. The roundtables will also be given the room to put subjects on the agenda. Therefore, each time, developments within the social sciences and humanities as well as questions from NWO will be considered in tandem. The recommendations from the roundtables will be highly valuable input for the NWO SSH Domain Board as it develops policy. In all cases, the roundtables will receive a response to their recommendations in which it will be specified how these are influencing the policy.

Why are roundtables needed?

Since 2017, NWO has been organised in domains; each domain is headed up by a board. The SSH domain is very broad and contains a large number of academic disciplines. The roundtables will enable the SSH Domain Board to maintain an optimal feeling for the breadth and variety within the research field to help ensure that policy, programming and procedures from NWO match the interests of the SSH research field in the best possible way.

Allocation and working method SSH roundtables

Six roundtables will be established on the basis of disciplines and each of these roundtables will be supported by an NWO secretary. The roundtables will meet about three times per year and between these meetings they can maintain contact via the mail or phone. Each roundtable will have a maximum of eight researchers in various phases of their career. The roundtables should, therefore, jointly reflect the SSH research field. For each roundtable, two co-chairs will be appointed (one mid-career and one senior). At the end of 2019 or start of 2020, a work conference will take place with the intended chairs to jointly elaborate the design and working methods of the roundtables. Are you interested in chairing a roundtable? Then please state this no later than 21st October via the registration page on the NWO website. Would you like to know more? Then please mail or phone Janneke van Kersen (NWO-SGWtafels@nwo.nl, +31 70 349 45 72).

Roundtable membership

This call is aimed at researchers who are interested in chairing a roundtable. At a later stage, another call will be published for researchers who are interested in becoming members of a roundtable. Are you interested in becoming a member of a roundtable and do you wish to be kept informed? Then please state this by sending an email to NWO-SGWtafels@nwo.nl.

Source: NWO