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The Academy advises on a wide range of scientific subjects. The perspectives for these advisory report subjects are outlined in ‘Knowledge-based!’, the Academy's strategic agenda for 2021-2025.

The Academy has established a number of advisory councils and advisory committees to assist it in its advisory task. They propose subjects and play a role in conducting peer reviews of advisory reports.

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  • 2022

    Controversial monuments

    Public monuments can evoke strong emotions. In recent years, under the influence of movements such as Black Lives Matter, social awareness and the growth of historical knowledge, our views have changed radically. On occasions past heroes of have been pulled from their pedestals, but removing statues does not erase history. An Academy committee is going to advise on how we should deal with controversial heritage and how we can best conduct the related debate.

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  • 2022

    Planetary Health

    The committee will carry out an exploration of the scientific knowledge that is needed in the field of planetary health and will identify priorities for knowledge development in the Netherlands.

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  • 2022

    Value of research

    What are the social benefits of investing in research?

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  • 2022

    Pandemic Preparedness Plan

    What should be done in the Netherlands to be properly prepared for infectious disease outbreaks in the future? And how can the adverse social effects of future outbreaks be limited? The Pandemic Preparedness Plan advisory committee is examining these issues.

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    2022 | 73 Pages

    With the Knowledge of the Future. Science Well Prepared for Pandemics

    To be properly prepared for future large-scale infectious disease outbreaks, Dutch scientists need to better cooperate, both within and beyond their discipline. They also need to share research data with one another more frequently. In a new advisory report, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW, “the Academy”) argues that policymakers and knowledge institutions have an important role to play in making this possible. According to the Academy, by already creating the right conditions right now, scientists can get straight to work if the situation calls for it.

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    2022 | 56 Pages

    Dutch Climate Research Initiative KIN

    Climate scientists, united in a temporary advisory body set up by NWO and KNAW, are recommending that a ‘Dutch Climate Research Initiative’ (Klimaatonderzoek Initiatief Nederland – KIN) will be established as soon as possible. The Task Force report published details the potential design and function of the KIN.

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    2022 | 82 Pages

    Social Safety in Dutch Academia - From Paper to Practice

    At the request of the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (the “Academy”) has published Social Safety in Dutch Academia: From Paper to Practice, a guide with recommendations and tips for preventing or tackling inappropriate behaviour at an early stage. Its purpose is to initiate a process for increasing social safety in Dutch academia.

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    2022 | 70 Pages

    The pandemic academic - How COVID-19 has impacted the research community

    Like the rest of society, the world of academia was turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic. In its report The pandemic academic, published on 5 July, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences surveys the impact of the crisis on academia. Which of the changes brought about by the pandemic do we wish to retain, and which not? The report also looks in depth at how pandemic impacted trust in academic research and the relationship between academia, society and politics.

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    2022 | 12 Pages

    Agenda for Diversity and Inclusion Academy Institutes 2022-2025

    Agenda for Diversity and Inclusion Academy Institutes 2022-2025

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  • 2017 | 112 Pages

    Dutch and or English? A consideration of language choice in Dutch higher education

    The decision to provide instruction in either Dutch or English in higher education requires great care. The choice must be made for each study programme separately, based on arguments relating to the programme’s subject matter and learning objectives.

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  • 2011 | 4 Pages

    Open access and digital preservation at the Academy

    Open access and digital preservation; information for Academy researchers.

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