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SENSE Symposium 18 June 2012

"How to improve the societal impact of environmental research?"

*** The SENSE symposium is part of the SENSE Summer Academy 2012 ***


10.30 – 11.00

Registration; coffee & tea

11.00 – 11.05

Welcome by Dr. Paul van Dijk (Symposium chair)

11.05 – 11.30

Prof. Joyeeta Gupta (Professor of climate change law and policy at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and of water law and policy at the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft):
"How to improve the societal impact of environmental research?"

11.30 – 11.55

Dr. Hans Sprangers (Policy coordinator Knowledge and Innovation, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation):
"The biobased economy - societal dilemmas and demand for scientific research"

11.55 – 12.20

Prof. Rik Leemans (Professor Environmental Systems Analysis, Wageningen University and chair General Board of SENSE):
"How can our scientific research and understanding accelerate a successful pathway towards global sustainability?"

12.20 – 12.30

Plenary discussion (Dr. Paul van Dijk)
"Our role in improving the societal impact of environmental research?"

12.30 – 13.30

LUNCH & poster presentations

13.30 – 15.00

Workshop session 1

  • Publish or perish (Wouter Gerritsma)
  • Scientific integrity (Herman Eijsackers en Gab van Winkel)
  • Debating workshop (Daniël Schut)
  • Academic entrepreneurship: How to fund your own research (Christian Jagersma)

15.00 – 15.30

Coffee & Tea break

15.30 – 17.00

Workshops session 2

  • Publish or perish (Wouter Gerritsma)
  • Scientific integrity (Herman Eijsackers en Gab van Winkel)
  • Debating workshop (Daniël Schut)
  • Academic entrepreneurship: How to fund your own research (Christian Jagersma)

17.00 – 17.15

LIVE connection with the RIO+20 Conference (12.00 – 12.15 RIO time)

17.15 – 17.45

The SENSE State of the Union (Prof. Frank Biermann)

17.45 – 18.00

Presenting the SENSE PhD award 2012 and SENSE PhD Council (Dr. Ad van Dommelen)

18.00 – 18.45

Drinks & poster presentations

18.45 – 19.00

Transfer to “Het Paradijs”

19.00 – 20.30


20.30 – 23.00

PhD Party


  Registration form 


The SENSE Summer Academy 2012 is hosted by SENSE partner ITC, University of Twente in Enschede.
Downloadable (pdf): Route to ITC (pdf)



Debating workshop
Lecturer: Daniël Schut, finalist European and World debating championships

Want to become more persuasive? Then make sure you follow this workshop debating. In this interactive-high-impact course you'll learn all the basics of debating: building persuasive arguments, critically refuting arguments from others, speaking persuasively and crafting an effective communication strategy. The workshop is led by Daniël Schut, a finalist of both the World and European Championships in debating and twice winner of the Oxford intervarsity.
Scientific integrity: from noble principle to daily hard practice
Lecturers: Prof. Herman Eijsackers, former Chair of the Ethics Committee Wageningen UR and extraordinary professor Nature management & Environmental Quality VU Amsterdam
Ir. Gab van Winkel, researcher and advisor on doctoral programmes, Wageningen University

Scientific integrity is a timely issue, partly because of fraude cases and partly because of accusing societal parties. This workshop will discuss these cases, sketch what regulations are available and used within the academic world with some emphasis on the practical situation within Wageningen University, and discuss how maintaining scientific integrity is not only principle but also a daily practice.
Publish, be cited or perish
Lecturer: ir. Wouter Gerritsma, bibliometric expert, Wageningen UR

What publication strategy results in highly cited research? In this workshop essential elements to consider in a good publication strategy are presented and discussed.
Academic entrepreneurship: How to fund your own research
Lecturer: Christian Jagersma, advisor EU FP7/CIP programme, Evers + Manders Consult
In this workshop I will focus on grants and financial support for research projects. The three funding streams within universities are under immense pressure, the first funding stream is steadily decreasing and there is an increased focus on external funding from national governments and the EU.
After your PhD, during your PostDoc or as a senior researcher you will face the challenge of gathering a budget to continue your research project or to start a new project. If you have the ambition of becoming a highly cited professor, excellent research skills are not enough. “Publish or Perish” is a well-known concept but “Academic Entrepreneurship” is gaining more and more interest.
“Academic entrepreneurship is the creation of an environment for (active support of) knowledge exploitation, stimulation of entrepreneurial behaviour among all the members of and institutional structures in the academic community.”
This workshop deals with national and international funding schemes for research projects (FP7, NWO, STW, etc.) and individual grants (Marie Curie, Veni, etc.) that will support your efforts in academic entrepreneurship. The aim of the workshop is to provide information for you to create a strategy for academic entrepreneurship (for the individual or a research group).
The workshop will start with a short overview of national and EU grants followed by an introduction to “academic entrepreneurship”. I will then take you on an interactive tour on the pathway to a successful grant application and show common pitfalls. I will close with some important tips and tricks and end with an open question round.




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