Science in Transition Conference, Day 2

Science in Transition Conference: November 7 and 8, 2013, KNAW Amsterdam

Over the next few years, science will have to make a number of important transitions. There is deeply-felt uncertainty and discontent on a number of aspects of the scientific system: the tools measuring scientific output, the publish-or-perish culture, the level of academic teaching, the scarcity of career opportunities for young scholars, the impact of science on policy, and the relationship between science, society and industry.

The checks and balances of our scientific system are in need of revision. To accomplish this, science should be evaluated on the basis of its added value to society. The public should be given a better insight in the process of knowledge production: what parties play a role and what issues are at stake? Stakeholders from society should become more involved in this process, and have a bigger say in the allocation of research funding. This is the view of the Science in Transition initiators Huub Dijstelbloem (WRR/UvA), Frank Huisman (UU/UM), Frank Miedema (UMC Utrecht), Jerry Ravetz (Oxford) and Wijnand Mijnhardt (Descartes Centre, UU).

: Tinbergenzaal, KNAW Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, Amsterdam
Registration for this event is compulsory, please register here.

Suggested reading material: the SiT-position paper (in Dutch, or in English), and the Agenda for Change.

Program Friday, 8 November

9:30-10:00 Registration, coffee and tea

10:00-10:15 Welcome

10:15-10:25 Column Maartje ter Horst (Student Universiteit Utrecht): De harde waarheid: er zijn veel en veel te veel studenten

10:25-12:30 Morning session: Communication and Democracy

Chair: Peter Vermij (Director Bird’s Eye Communications)

Key note: Mark Brown (Professor in the Department of Government at California State University, Sacramento)

Peter Blom (CEO Triodos Bank)
Jasper van Dijk (Member of Parliament Socialist Party)
Rinie van Est (Coordinator Technology Assessment division Rathenau Institute)
Arthur Petersen (Chief Scientist at the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving, PBL) / Professor of Science and Environmental Public Policy in the IVM Institute for Environmental Studies at VU University Amsterdam)
Huub Dijstelbloem (Senior staff member Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) / Department Philosophical Tradition in Context, University of Amsterdam)

12:30-14:00 Lunch on own account

14:00-14:10 Column Hendrik Spiering (Chef Wetenschap NRC): Nieuwe tijden, nieuwe wetenschap

14:10-16:00 Afternoon session:  General debate and conclusions

Chair: Mirko Noordegraaf (Professor of Public Management, Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University)

Key note: Hans Clevers (President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW))

Jos Engelen (Chairman Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO))
André Knottnerus (Chairman Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR))
Lodi Nauta (Dean Faculty of Philosophy, Professor in History of Philosophy, University of Groningen)
Wijnand Mijnhardt (Director Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities / Professor Comparative History of the Sciences and the Humanities, Utrecht University)

16:00- 16:30 Discussion

16:30 Drinks



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