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Evolution or revolution?


09:30 Fokker Terminal Den Haag
Evolutie of revolutie?
Join the discussion about the scientist of the year 2030

Scientists, universities, funders, and social partners discuss the recognition and appreciation of the scientist of the future. 

Is science in need of renewal? Society is critical about the value and functioning of science. The recognition and appreciation of scientists is heavily dependant on citations and impact factors; scientists experience great time- and performance pressure when it comes to research and education. But what does the current system say about their contribution to science or society? Is it time for future scientists to develop a new set of skills? 

Evolution and Revolution is organised by ZonMW and NWO. One of the speakers is prof. dr. Barend van der Meulen, head research of the Rathenau Instituut. Hij will clarify the formation of the current system of valuing and rewarding scientists.  


Evolution or Revolution starts at 09:30. The programme consists of: 

  • Dialogue about the scientist of the year 2030, with prof. dr. Jeroen Geurts, chairman of ZonMw, and prof. dr. Stan Gielen, chairman NWO.
  • What will the scientist of 2030 be like. Prof. dr. Rianne Letschert, rector magnificus of the University of Maastricht, paints a picture.
  • How did we arrive upon our current system of valuing and rewarding the scientist? A short overview and dialogue with  prof. dr. Barend van der Meulen, head of research at the Rathenau Instituut.
  • Societal need for science. Report and dialogue with prof. dr. Jet Bussemaker, professor of Policy, Science, and Societal impact, with a focus on healthcare, about the importance of science for our society. 
  • Column: How do you turn science communication into more than a fun hobby? By prof. dr. ir. Ionica Smeets, professor Science Communication at the University of Leiden.
  • Every science funder's dream. Dialogue with prof. dr. Jeroen Geurts about the researcher of the year 2030.
  • Dialogue on a European perspective on science with Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General Research and Innovation, European Commission 
  • Break-out sessions. Subjects such as education versus research, indicators versus narratives. The Netherlands versus the rest of the world. For and overview of all break-out sessions click here
  • Panel- and discussion with the attendees about the conclusions from the break-out sessions and propositions. 

Read the entire programme of Evolution and Revolution.