Third Science in Transition symposium

Towards New Ideas of the University

15 March 2016 from 10:00 to 17:00 hrs
Trippenhuis Building, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
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How should we organise and govern new academic communities? How do we strike the right balance between autonomy and accountability? In other words, what should the university of the future look like?

This is a full-day symposium. The morning session consists of a number of English-language lectures. The afternoon session will be conducted in Dutch and consists of lectures and a debate on the future of the university.

Morning session speakers (in English)

  • Wijnand Mijnhardt, Professor of Comparative History of the Sciences, Descartes Centre, Utrecht University & Science in Transition – Opening Statement: Directions for Debate
  • Frank van Vree, Dean of Humanities, University of Amsterdam – Autonomy and Accountability in the Humanities
  • James Wilsdon, Professor of Science & Democracy, University of Sussex – Keynote Lecture: How to Stem the Metric Tide 
    Wilsdon is lead author of the UK review report The Metric Tide, about the use of bibliometric indicators to assess research quality. 

Afternoon session speakers (in Dutch)

  • Barend van der Meulen, Head of Science System Assessment, Rathenau Institute, and Endowed Professor in Evidence for Science Policy, Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), Leiden University – Chinese borden: universiteiten uit en in balans
  • Students of De Omslag – Studentenperspectief op de universiteit van de toekomst
  • Sicco de Knecht, PhD University of Amsterdam – Column: Promovendi en perverse prikkels
  • Trudy Dehue, Professor of Theory and History of Science, University of Groningen, Hedwig te Molder, Professor in Science Communication, University of Twente and Wageningen University, Melanie Peters, Director of the Rathenau Institute, and Jan-Willem Romeijn, Professor of Philosophy, University of Groningen – De totstandkoming van de Nationale Wetenschapsagenda. Een kritische reflectie (organised in cooperation with the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Wetenschapsfilosofie)
  • Barbara Oomen, Dean of University College Roosevelt, Utrecht University & Science in Transition – Klein maar fijn. Lessen van een university college

Debate on the future of the university (in Dutch)

José van Dijck, President of the Royal Academy, Karl Dittrich, Chairman of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), André Knottnerus, Chairman of the Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR), Frank Miedema, Dean of UMC Utrecht & Science in Transition, and Stefan Wirken, Chair Landelijke Studenten Vakbond, will debate the future of the university and consider where it should be headed.