The yearly Niels Stensen Fellowship conferences challenge fellows, alumni, academics and other stakeholders to reflect on the role of science in and their personal contribution to society. Exchanges are inspired by top speakers from the Netherlands and abroad. Topics transcend academic disciplines, are future oriented and relate to the role of academics in building societies.

Niels Stensen Fellowship Conference 2018: Open Science

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Keynote speaker, Prof. Karel Luyben, national coordinator of Open Science, former Rector Magnificus at Delft University of Technology and Chair of the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP)

The Niels Stensen Fellowship Conference 2018 addressed the opportunities and challenges of Open Science. According to our keynote speaker Prof. Karel Luyben, former Rector Magnificus at Delft University of Technology and Chair of the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP), Open Science represents a major change in the way stakeholders in the research, education and knowledge-exchange communities create, store, share and deliver the outputs of their activities.

Facilitated by Prof. Dymph van den Boom, Chair of the Niels Stensen Fellowship Committee, participants explored questions such as: How can Open Science contribute to society? What cultural changes, especially in the academic, publishing and business world, are required to make it happen? What will be the effects of open access on academic publications? What are the drawbacks? Some 50 participants, including Niels Stensen alumni, researchers as well as representatives from businesses, politics and universities, discussed how to contend with what seems to be a slow but persistent movement towards Open Science.

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The conference was led by Prof. Dymph van den Boom, Chair of the Niels Stensen Fellowship Committee

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The conference took place at Kasteel Oud Poelgeest in Oegstgeest.

For the full programme and biographies, download the conference programme (in Dutch) here. For more information on the National Plan Open Science go here.

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The next conference will take place on Thursday, 29 August 2019. Alumni, please save the date in your diaries.

Pre-conference programme for young alumni

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Niels Stensen Fellowship Young Fellow Programme 2018: Mastery and Reframing

Every year, the Niels Stensen Fellowship invites recent alumni to a pre-conference programme. This year, 12 young fellows followed a one-day training on “Mastery” and on “Reframing” given by the School of Life. The two trainers, Laurens Knoop and Karim Bennamar, invited the fellows to reflect on how they work, and explored the ways in which true “Masters” work. What did scientists and other celebrities in history do, such that today we call them “Masters”? Is there a link to the valorisation of the work and to the hours they put in? Is it the brilliance of their ideas, and, if so, how did these brilliant ideas come about? Everyone runs the risk of getting stuck in their work and developing tunnel vision. How can we avoid this? In the Reframing workshop, trainees were taught to think outside the box and to create insights that might lead to unanticipated solutions.