1 Newsletter March Contents: News from the Director News from the Office News Activities Courses WGS courses Vacancies Other interesting activities Information on grants News from the Director WASS Research programme Following earlier discussions in 2010, a small group of six WASS fellows has been working over the last few months to finalise the draft WASS Research Programme All WASS fellows are invited to discuss this draft Research Programme on 14 April 2011, from h. At least a week before this date the draft will be made widely available to all WASS fellows. After this open discussion an amended version will be sent to the WASS Board for the final decision. WASS Open Round A WASS committee chaired by prof. Noelle Aarts has selected six new PhD candidates out of the 124 applications for the WASS Open Round Below you will find the report of this committee, including the names and research topics of the six new WASS PhD candidates. Some of them have already begun their PhD and we heartily welcome them to WASS. Talents & Topics Below, you will also find a series of seminars where our 10 Talents & Topics participants will present and discuss the research proposals they have prepared during the last half year. I would like to invite all WASS fellows to attend these seminars. Tenure Track Now that the system has run for almost one and a half years, the university has started an evaluation of the Tenure Track system. Objective of the evaluation is to assess its functioning and look for possibilities for further improvement of the system. The evaluation committee consists, among others, of the Dean Research (Johan van Arendonk), the Dean Education (Pim Brascamp), and Tineke Tromp (Director HRM central).
2 WASS Fellows WASS fellow Jos Verstegen (LEI) was appointed as lector Entrepreneurship and Society at the Christelijke Agrarische Hogeschool Dronten in January. He will give his inaugural address on 17 March 2011, at 15.00h. WASS PhD Council We would like to thank Sanne Middendorp and Willem Rijpkema for their work in the WASS PhD Council. Sanne could only participate for a few months but Willem has been very active during the past two years. They have contributed to the many activities of the PhD Council for WASS PhDs. We are glad to welcome Geralda Hop (from chair group BEC) as new member in the PhD Council. By the way, be reminded again of the PhD Day on 26 th May! Arthur P.J. Mol News from the Office Composition Supervision Teams The Academic Board of Wageningen University currently observes a considerable increase in the number of supervisors attached to a PhD project. The Wageningen Graduate Schools have therefore decided to pay extra attention to the composition of supervision teams during the proposal assessment procedure. The Academic Board allows a maximum of three supervisors (promotors and co-promotors). If more than three supervisors are involved in a PhD project, special permission of the Academic Board is needed. The WASS TSP co-ordinator discusses the supervision team with each PhD candidate during the TSP advice conversation. WASS recommendations are, amongst others, to compose a supervision team of two or three supervisors, and to appoint not more than one daily supervisor. WASS office will evaluate the supervision team in the framework of the proposal assessment procedure. We kindly ask WASS supervisors to take the recommendations into account and to carefully advise their PhD candidates about the supervision team. If you have any question, please contact us. WASS Notice Boards Since this week, WASS announcements also be found on the notice board at the entrance in the main hall of the Leeuwenborch as well as on the board in the first floor hall. Both WASS Office and PhD Council will post their activities on these boards. Talents & Topics Seminars In 2010 a group of ten talented WASS post-docs and university lecturers participated in a "Talents & Topics" Programme. This programme for young high potentials combined personal development training and time for writing a grant proposal. In a series of four seminars, each with a different topic, the participants will present the research proposals developed in this programme to a broader audience. The debate will be opened by a discussant. You are all cordially invited to join the seminars and the discussions. Monday 21 March hrs, Room C83 Risk and Uncertainty Dr Lei Pan (DEC): Functioning of Local Government and Household Risk Management in Rural Tanzania Dr Lan Ge (LEI): The Economics of Anti-Antibiotics: the Fair Share of an Uncertain Disease Burden. Dr Rene Haijema (LDI): Quantitative Decision Making to Deal with Uncertainty in the Food Industry. Discussants: Dr Paul Hebinck (RDS), Dr Miranda Meuwissen (BEC), Prof. Paul van Beek (MST) Monday 28 March hrs, Room V80 Disasters, Frames and Policy Styles Dr Jeroen Warner (DIS): The Politics of Flood (Non-)Emergency and Self-Reliance in Britain and the Low Countries Dr Art Dewulf (PAP): What Drives Frame Polarization? Understanding the Evolution of Debates About Controversial Policy Issues Dr Bettina Bluemling (ENP): Models as a Chinese Style of Policy Implementation - How Many Mice does a Cat Catch? Discussant: Prof. Bas Arts (FNP)
3 Friday 8 April hrs, Room V80 Food Habits and Health Behaviour Dr Ellen van Kleef (MCB): Food Compensation and Overeating: the Influence of Hidden Persuaders on Food Intake Dr Kirsten Verkooijen (HSO): Health Behaviour and Identity: Directions for Future Research. Friday 8 April hrs, Room V80 Food and Society Dr Hilje van der Horst (SCH): Food from Food Banks in the Netherlands: A Bad Gift? Dr Stefano Pascucci (MST): INnovations to Support Entomology-Based Consumption and Technologies (INSECT) News WASS Open Round 2010: procedure and results In June 2010, WASS opened the call for proposals of potential PhD candidates. The call invited excellent master graduates to send in an excellent proposal, resulting in 124 applications from all corners of the world and a great variety of disciplinary background. The applicants were invited to state their preference for supervisor/chair group. A special Selection Committee, consisting of Noelle Aarts (chair, COM), Justus Wesseler (ENR), Jan van Tatenhove (ENP), Margreet Zwarteveen (IWE) and Jacques Trienekens (MST), and with Rudy Rabbinge as special chair for the last interviews, assessed the candidates and their proposals. The procedure contained the following elements: The first screening on quality of proposals (scientific excellence and feasibility: degree of ambition versus realism) and credentials of the candidates ( Master grades, additional extracurricular scientific activities and references) resulted in 25 proposals to enter the next round. The 25 proposals were reviewed by carefully selected anonymous reviewers: one was chosen from the potential reviewers mentioned by the candidates themselves, the other was chosen from within the WU community but obviously not from the chair group preferred by the candidate. Both choices were carefully considered by the Selection Committee on the basis of both expertise as well as objectivity. In the second screening, all 25 proposals, reviews, letters of motivation and degree credential s were carefully and individually assessed by the Selection Committee. The assessment resulted in 10 candidates from India, Rumania, Italy, Costa Rica and the Netherlands. They were invited for an interview. In the third and final round, chaired by Rudy Rabbinge, interviews were held with 9 of the 10 candidates. The candidates were requested to give a five minute presentation of their proposal. Five candidates were immediately selected for a WASS scholarship; 4 were rejected and one was held in reserve. Early February, the last interview took place and the 6 th scholarship was decided. The advice on the six candidates by Selection Committee was approved by the Director. Results Iulian Barba Lata, Romania, proposal Innovative perspectives in Dutch designscapes: from spaces of representation to spaces of inspiration for the creative industries, will be supervised by Claudio Minca (SAL) Radhika Borde, India, proposal Sacred Nature and the Politics of Voice: How the Dongaria Kondhs fought for Niyamgiri and who fought with them, will be (possibly provisionally) supervised by Arthur Mol, ENP Saskia van der Kooij, Dutch, proposal Drip irrigation in Morocco from a users perspective, will be supervised by Linden Vincent (IWE) Jurian Meijering, Dutch, proposal Ranking European Cities: Methodological Challenges & Opportunities in Measuring City Greenness, will be supervised by Adri van den Brink (LAR) and carry out his research with the Methodology Group (Hilde Tobi) Annet Pauwelussen, Dutch, proposal Realities under Construction: Exploring Complexity in the Building of Marine Protected Areas in Indonesia, will be supervised by Leontine Visser (RDS) Marjanneke Vijge, Dutch, proposal Carbonising forest governance in India? Analysing the consequences of REDD for accountability, will be supervised by Arthur Mol, ENP
4 Evaluation The Committee is very pleased with the high number of excellent and well prepared applicants and is confident that excellent candidates have been selected for the scholarships. The Committee is satisfied with the procedure which she deems fair, thorough and independent. The Committee took care to exclude any member or reviewer involved in individual projects from the decision-making or review. The Committee would have preferred to give more attention to each individual applicant in the first round, but due to the large number of applicants, the first screening was carried out by dividing the total number of proposals into five parts to be prepared by duo s of the Committee. The Committee is content with the resulting balance of efficiency and thoroughness. The Committee advises to use the same procedure for a next call, with a few small recommendations for improvement. Noelle Aarts Chair Selection Committee Open Round 2010 Meer Academici voor de klas (Only applicable to Dutch PhD s) Het project Meer academici voor de Klas (AcKlas) heeft tot doel om jou als AIO, postdoc of afstudeerstudent vanuit de invalshoek van wetenschappelijk onderzoek (wat voor jou als onderzoeker gesneden koek is) de kans te geven kennis te maken met lesgeven in het voortgezet onderwijs (vo). Op deze wijze kun je ervaren wat het is en bepalen of een baan als docent in het voortgezet onderwijs mogelijk een aantrekkelijke loopbaanstap voor na je promotie of de afronding van je afstudeervak of postdoc project kan zijn. De nadruk bij Acklas ligt op het ontwikkelen van lesmateriaal op jouw onderzoeksterrein, het verzorgen van de betreffende lessen, workshops of masterclasses en het doen van vakdidactisch onderzoek naar het rendement van het ontwikkelde materiaal. Dit doe je onder begeleiding van medewerkers van Educatie- en competentiestudies (ECS), vakdeskundigen en vodocenten. Als eerste verdiep je je in literatuur over leerprocessen en vakdidactische principes en door middel van discussiebijeenkomsten leer je meer over de praktische toepasbaarheid hiervan. De kennis die je opdoet ga je vervolgens toepassen en je ontwikkelt lesmateriaal over je eigen promotie- of onderzoeksonderwerp voor leerlingen in het voortgezet onderwijs. Je kiest zelf voor de vorm van je lesmateriaal; lessenreeks, masterclasses of workshops zijn voorbeelden. In AcKlas werk je samen met andere onderzoekers in kleine klasjes zodat je ook onderling ervaringen kunt uitwisselen en elkaar feedback kunt geven of gezamenlijk kunt optrekken bij het ontwikkelen van lesmateriaal. Vervolgens verzorg je zelf het ontworpen onderwijs op een of meer vo scholen. De meest voor de hand liggende scholen zijn de scholen van het Food Valley Scholennetwerk VO-WU. Maar als je standplaats buiten Wageningen is of je woont niet in de buurt, zoeken wij een school voor je op die in de buurt van je stand- of woonplaats ligt. Na het uitvoeren van je onderwijs, doe je een klein onderzoek naar de effecten van je eigen lesmateriaal: Wordt het gewenste effect bereikt? Pikken de leerlingen die dingen op die van ze worden verwacht? Vinden ze het motiverend? Je rondt het traject af met een bijdrage aan een wetenschappelijke publicatie of een eigen wetenschappelijke publicatie. Als het onderwijs dat je hebt ontwikkelt naar wens is van alle betrokkenen, kun je worden gevraagd dit nog een keer te verzorgen op bijvoorbeeld andere vo scholen of als leerlingen naar Wageningen komen. Je aanstelling (AIO of postdoc) kan hiervoor met minimaal 180 uren worden uitgebreid, mits je promotor of begeleider er ook achter staat. Het project hoeft niet fulltime in een aaneengesloten periode te worden uitgevoerd. Het is praktischer om de projectactiviteiten bijvoorbeeld te spreiden over een periode van zes maanden. In principe is elke manier van planning van de werkzaamheden bespreekbaar; wel dient je project te zijn afgerond voor 1 september De afdeling HRM onderzoekt de mogelijkheid om de 180 uren in je WW periode en met behoud van uitkering te besteden. Het AcKlas project wordt gefinancierd vanuit het ministerie van EL&I en uitgevoerd door de leerstoelgroep Educatie- en competentiestudies. Omdat het lesgeven op vo scholen in het Nederlands gaat, zijn we op zoek naar AIO s, postdocs of studenten die de Nederlandse taal vloeiend spreken.
5 Ben je geïnteresseerd neem contact op met Activities Thursday March 10, 2011 Mini-symposium Research for Health and Society On March, Maria Koelen will give her inaugural lecture and for this special occasion the division of Health and Society would like to invite you to an international Mini-Symposium preceding this inaugural lecture. The programme is as follows: Time: Location: Hof van Wageningen, Kleine Veerzaal, Lawickse Allee 9, 6701 AN Wageningen Programme: Coffee and Tea Welcome by Prof.dr. Gert Jan Hiddink Opening by Drs. Hans Saan Prof.dr. Lawrence Green: Towards new forms of evidence in health promotion Prof.dr. Bengt Lindström: Linking research evidence on salutogenesis to the development of health promotion practice Coffee and Tea Dr. Lynne Kennedy & Dr. Lenneke Vaandrager: Salutogenic research indicators Lunch Drs. Hans Saan: Free advice for Health and Society General discussion Closing by Prof.dr. Gert Jan Hiddink Inauguration Prof.dr. Maria Koelen Location: Aula Wageningen University, Generaal Foulkesweg 1, 6703 BG Wageningen Please register by filling in the registration form on: HSO.WUR.NL. Attending the Mini-Symposium is free of charge. Thursday March 10, 2011 Inaugural Address Prof. Maria Koelen (Health and Society Group) Title: New kid on the block Time: hrs Place: Aula Wageningen University, Generaal Foulkesweg 1, 6703 BG Wageningen Friday March 11, 2011 PhD Graduation Vladimir Melnyk (Marketing and Consumer Behaviour Group) Title: What is normal to do? Social norms as determinants of consumer decision making Promotors: Prof.dr.ir. J.C.M. van Trijp Time: hrs Place: Aula Wageningen University, Generaal Foulkesweg 1, 6703 BG Wageningen Tuesday March 22, 2011 Wageningen Geography Lectures Speaker: Joe Painter (Professor of Political Geography, Durham University) Title: Localism and the 'Big Society' in Britain Time: hrs Place: Atlas building, rooms 1, 2 and 3 Thursday March 24, 2011 COM Seminar Series: Communication in the Network Society. Speaker: Prof. Victor Bekkers (public administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam.) Title: Caught by surprise Time: hrs
6 Place: Mansholt room, Leeuwenborch During the last two years policy makers were surprised by the efforts of individual citizens or small groups of citizens to influence the political agenda regarding specific policy issues, thereby making use of social media. Examples are the protest of students against the 1040 hours norm, protest of soldiers against the nature of the mission in Uruzgan, the swine flu vaccination, the vaccination against uterus cancer and the discussion about the global warming. Policy makers were caught by the speed, the massive scale and the hidden character of these discussions which endangered the legitimacy of the their policies. What was the nature of the surprises they encountered and why did they happen? How did they react at that time? But moreover, what did they learn in terms of how do deal structurally with the political influence of social media when facing policy challenges? Courses See also: Upcoming courses 2011 Food Supply Chain Management Superpowers in Global Environmental Politics: China and the US FNP Summer School 'Participatory forest management as practice and performance' Food Supply Chain Management Lecturers: Prof.dr.ir. Jack. van der Vorst, Dr. Jacques Trienekens, Prof.dr. Lois Sauvee This course provides a theoretical basis for multi-disciplinary analysis and improvement of food supply chains and networks, supported by practical knowledge based on recent case-studies. It discusses main research streams in Supply Chain Management (SCM) and focuses on the specifics and particularities of food supply chains. We will discuss topical aspects of Food SCM and current research methods on subjects such as chain quality management and governance, food logistics management, transparency and information systems and chain re-design. The course will give students insight in the status quo of food SCM research, discuss current research approaches in various scientific sub-disciplines of Food SCM, and give students the possibility to position and discuss their own research within this framework. Superpowers in Global Environmental Politics: China and the US Lecturers: David Sonnenfeld, Lei Zhang, Bettina Bluemling This course examines the environmental politics of China and the US in the 21st century, against a background of globalizing environmental politics. The US is diminishing as global hegemonic power and China increasingly is ascendant.1 Both play a crucial role in current and future global environmental politics, not only with respect to global environmental change (such as contributing to and coping with the greenhouse effect, and dealing with international trade in waste), but also through influencing the domestic environmental agendas of other countries via, the trade and environment agenda, the harmonization of standards, and foreign investments of US and Chinese based transnational firms, etc. In order to understand how the US and China influence and construct global environmental politics today, it is necessary to have a better understanding of both countries' domestic environmental politics and governance, a core part of this course. While both aspire to (continued) global prominence, their domestic processes and dynamics of environmental politics are very different due to the nature of their political systems, levels of economic development, demographic and natural conditions, and historical-cultural roots. FNP Summer School 'Participatory forest management as practice and performance' Lecturers: Prof.dr. Arun Agrawal, Prof.dr. Bas Arts, dr. Steve Connelly, dr. Sailaja Nandigama, dr. Esther Turnhout, dr.ir. K.F. Freerk Wiersum This summer school addresses these challenges by means of presenting relevant theories and concepts complemented by empirical examples of forest management practices from various parts of the world. The scope and content of this course directly complements cutting-edge research in related fields such as the Natural Resource Management (NRM), climate change, Reducing Emissions from
7 Deforestation and Degradation(REDD) and certification. The core idea is to have lectures and master classes of well-known academics in this field together with highly motivated and talented PhDs and Post-docs from all over the world. WGS Courses Language Related Courses Scientific Writing (start next course: March 10, 2011) Scientific Publishing (start next course: new dates to be determined) The Art of Writing (start next course: new dates to be determined) Presentation Skills (start next course: new dates to be determined) Techniques for Writing and Presenting a Scientific Paper (start next course: September 9, 2011) Writing Grant Proposals (start next course: new dates to be determined) Career Oriented Courses Career Perspectives (start next course: March, 2011) Career Orientation (start next course: March 4,2011) Skills Project- and Time Management (start next course: April 26, 2011) Interpersonal communication for PhD students (start next course: October 5, 2011) Information Literacy (start next course: April 12, 2011) Effective behaviour in your professional surroundings (start next course: March 23, 2011) Mobilising your scientific network (start next course: June 6, 2011) PhD Assessments PhD Competence Assessment (start next assessment: March 22, 2011) Career Assessment (start next assessment: March 2011) Ethics Courses Moral Dilemmas in Daily Scientific Practices (start next course: new dates to be determined) Ethics and Philosophy of Life Science (start next course: March 30, 2011) Courses for Supervisors Professional in Supervision (start next workshop: April 20, 2011) Effective leadership styles (a Practical course for PhD supervisors) (start next course: November 15, 2011) For detailed information, see the Wageningen Graduate Schools website. and more (please to in case there is a demand (interest from approx students) for a specific course not mentioned here. WGS workshop Professional in Supervision This workshop is aiming at staff members and postdocs of Wageningen University. The workshop is offered by Wageningen Graduate Schools (WGS) and organised by Barend vd Broek and Frans Houdé, two professionals who have many years of experience in research, education, international management and coaching. They are involved in educational activities for PhD candidates at WUR and other universities. The workshop is scheduled for 20 and 21 April and 1 June 2011 and is preceded by a personal intake (29 and 30 March). The WGS will organize the workshop for the 11 th time. The last workshop was evaluated as good. Background WGS decided to organize this workshop because both PhD candidates and supervisors indicated that good supervision and good communication are of utmost importance for succeeding in a PhD study. Recent studies that determined the successes and failures of PhD studies at Dutch universities supported this idea. It turned out that supervision was the most important factor. The relation between a PhD candidate and supervisor is crucial, not only with respect to the content of the project
8 but also personally. Good supervision shortens the duration of the PhD study and as such results in a better PhD output (success rate). Specific goals of the workshop: After the personal intake the supervisor will be able to formulate his/her personal goals of learning and development Supervisors will share knowhow and experiences with colleagues and learn from these experiences Supervisors are aware of their own style of supervision, the strengths and possible pitfalls and how to deal with them Supervisors will make optimal use of their own capacities and those of others Supervisors will be able to apply various communication techniques Supervisors will recognise different types of PhD candidates and subsequently learn how to apply various coaching styles Supervisors will learn their role and responsibility with regard to the research project (planning, focus and monitoring) Workshop Information For more detailed information and registration see the WGS site: For information contact Jorika Peterse: Vacancies Six PhD Vacancies in Life Science Economics and Policy The newly established chair group Agricultural and Food Economics at the Center of Life and Food Sciences Weihenstephan (WZW), Technische Universität München (TUM), is looking out for strong candidates for PhD positions in agriculture and food economics and related fields under the supervision of Prof. Dr. J. Wesseler. Applicants for the PhD positions should hold a university degree in economics, applied economics (e.g. agriculture, environment, natural resources) or applied mathematics with a strong interest in economics, preferably at MPhil/MSc level, possess strong analytic and technical capabilities in recent economic methods, proficiency in statistical and econometric methods, and have an interest in developing collaborative research within the research project. A GRE test will be required for admission. Fluency in spoken and written English is expected (a TOEFL or IELTS test will be required for non-native speakers) and knowledge of the German language an advantage. We offer a stimulating, internationally oriented research environment with a focus on life science economics and policy such as regulation of agriculture biotechnology and biofuels, sustainable food supply chains, and contribution of agriculture towards sustainable development. Research projects are often carried out in collaboration with leading national and international partners. Salaries are in accordance with the German state regulated public service salary scale (0.5 E13 or about per year). The initial contract will be for one year for developing a detailed research proposal with the possibility of a three year extension. Technische Universität München is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities are treated with preference given comparable qualification. The expected starting date is May 1st, How to apply Candidates must send their curriculum vitae, copies of key documents such as transcripts and degree certificates, list of publications and their GRE test report, together with a statement outlining expression of interest in the position preferably before or until 31 March 2011, to There is no application form. For further questions please contact the head of the chair group Justus Wesseler Other interesting activities
9 Minisymposium Sharing Natural Resources On the occasion of the thesis defence by Andries Richter a minisymposium on Sharing natural resources will be held at Wageningen University: Date: Friday, March 4, 2011 Venue: Forum Building, Lecture hall C217 Program: h Karl Sigmund (Univ. of Vienna): Sanctions on the Commons: social control and the social contract h Martin F. Quaas (Christian Albrechts University, Kiel): Resilience of natural-resourcedependent economies Further information: Seminar Global soil fertility: The role of next generation smart fertilizers Monday 21 March, 2011 (Hotel De Nieuwe Wereld - Wageningen) There is an eminent need to increase the use efficiency of worlds soil resources because of increasing food requirements at declining land availability per person. During the green revolutions in OECD, Asian and Latin American countries, agronomic research emphasized the use of macro nutrients to increase land productivity, comparable to current efforts in Africa. We are, however, increasingly aware of the need to take into consideration long term (adverse) side effects of this strategy and find increasing evidence of the important role of micro nutrients on productivity. In order to develop a next generation smart fertilizers, we need to improve our understanding of the role of the entire spectrum of nutrients in affecting soil and plant growth processes. A recent initiative Virtual Fertilizer Research Center (VFRC), hosted by IFDC seeks to build an international network of renown institutes to address these global soil fertility issues. Recent insights in the importance of micro nutrients (e.g. Voortman (p.t.o.)) and the need to specifically target non-responsive soils for macro nutrients, have triggered the organization of this seminar. The objectives of this seminar are to: Raise awareness of a growing body of evidence to further boost soil and plant productivity by modifying our fertilizer strategy Provide an overview of past and present fertilization strategies and identify required changes needed. Deliberate about future research and development needs towards a new generation of smart fertilizers. For more information/ registration please go to: and activities/seminars,workshops and symposia I AM ACCOUNTABLE I AM ACCOUNTABLE. Dat is de titel van het congres dat de sectie Communicatiewetenschap organiseert samen met Logeion (beroepsvereniging voor communicatie) op 21 april in het CineMec te Ede. Het congres is bedoeld voor communicatieprofessionals en wetenschappelijk onderzoekers die in accountability zijn geïnteresseerd. De gangbare opvatting van accountability is de verantwoording die communicatieprofessionals moeten afleggen aan hun baas of opdrachtgever. Dat gaat meestal in termen van vooraf bepaalde, meetbare resultaten als gevolg van geleverde inspanningen en kosten. Maar zo simpel is dit niet en er zijn ook andere vormen van accountable zijn, zoals ethisch of professioneel. Met het congres I AM ACCOUNTABLE willen we de grenzen van gevestigde opvattingen over accountability exploreren. Sprekers zijn o.a. Paul Schnabel (Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau), Bert Regeer (Hoofd communicatie Shell), Jack de Vries (voormalig politicus en spindoctor), Noelle Aarts (Hoogleraar Strategische Communicatie UvA) en Cees van Woerkum (Hoogleraar Communicatiestrategieën Wageningen UR). De dag staat onder leiding van Jan Tromp (Journalist Volkskrant en presentator Uitgesproken VARA). In tien parallelsessies zullen actuele thema's worden verkend door experts uit de wetenschap en de praktijk. De kosten voor deelname aan het congres op 21 april 2011 bedragen 195,00 (inclusief lunch en borrel). Meer informatie:
10 Mini symposium: How to write a world-class paper On 19 April, the Wageningen UR Library, in collaboration with Elsevier Science, is offering the minisymposium, How to Write a World-class Paper, for the second time. The course will deal with the publishing process and publication strategies and is meant for publishing (Wageningen) researchers. During the afternoon we will focus on young researchers and PhD candidates. We will explain the ins and outs of the publishing process and how they as researchers can influence the success of their publications. The following speakers are scheduled to appear: Prof. Martin Kropff, Rector Magnificus of Wageningen University, will open the mini-symposium. Floortje Flippo, Elsevier Science, will speak on the publication process seen from the publisher's perspective. Prof. Willem de Vos, winner of the Spinoza Prize and the Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (ERC) and editor of the journal Current Opinion in Biotechnology, will talk about his experience with publication and editing process. Wouter Gerritsma, information specialist at Wageningen UR Library, will give an introduction to publishing strategy entitled Publishing for Impact. The symposium will run from 1:30 to 5:00 pm in the big lecture hall (C1) in the Mathematics building, building 308, Dreijenlaan 4, Wageningen. After the symposium, participants are invited to continue their discussions over drinks. Participation is free, but participants must register. Wageningen Geography Lectures Socio-Spatial Analysis Chair Group, Wageningen University March 22, Joe Painter (Durham University) Localism and the Big Society in Britain April 28, John Wylie (University of Exeter) Dwelling and Displacement: Tim Robinson and the questions of landscape May 12, Henk van Houtum (Radboud University Nijmegen) A Place called Desire For more information see: Wageningen UR Library soon organises the following courses/demonstrations: 8 March 2011, Your Personal Information Dashboard Demonstration Session, , room C8, Chemistry Building, building 316 (free) 9 March 2011, Working with EndNote X4, , room 460, Forumbibliotheek, building 102 (100 euros) 10 March 2011, EndNote Web Demonstration Session, , room C8, Chemistry Building, building 316 (free) 15 March 2011, Wageningen UR Digital Library Introduction, , room V80, Leeuwenborch, building 201 (free) 17 March 2011, EndNote X4 Demonstration Session, , room V80, Leeuwenborch, building 201 (free) 22 March 2011, Google better with Google Demonstration Session, , room C8, Chemistry Building, building 316 (free) 24 March 2011, Citation Analysis for Staff, , room 460, Forumbibliotheek, building 102 (100 euros) 29 March 2011, EndNote X4 Advanced, , room 460, Forumbibliotheek, building 102 (100 euros)
11 For the free demonstrations registration is not needed. For more information about the courses and registration please go to: The Ronald Coase Institute São Paulo Workshop on Institutional Analysis May 15-21, 2011 São Paulo, Brazil. Co-sponsored with the University of São Paulo Attend this workshop to: Learn more about institutional analysis Present your own research and receive comments from established scholars Become part of a worldwide scholarly network, with alumni in 62 countries Who is eligible? Postdoctoral social scientists - early in their careers Advanced graduate students - in economics, political science, administrative sciences, and other social sciences Participants will be selected on the basis of their research abstracts. Admission is strictly limited, and the pace is intense. Participants must attend all sessions and give as well as receive feedback. As a participant, you will: Hear established scholars discuss their research and strategies to formulate research questions, design projects, present results, and draw conclusions. Present your own research twice First, in a small group with faculty guidance Second, after revisions, to the entire workshop, with formal discussants. Network closely with faculty and other young scholars who have an enduring interest in institutional analysis. After the daily sessions, enjoy informal conversations with faculty and participants during delicious dinners. There will be a special event and a gala dinner. See for more information. Symposium 100th anniversary of KSV Franciscus The World s Magnum Opus: Transition to Sustainability What: Symposium When: Friday the 25 th of March 2011, 13:00-17:00 Where: Theatre Junushoff, Plantsoen 3, Wageningen For whom: Everybody Price: 5,- The speakers and their subjects at the symposium The World s Magnum Opus: Transition to Sustainability : Jan Rotmans (professor Sustainable Transitions at Rotterdam University and founder and CEO of the Dutch Research Institute For Transitions) about transitions in general and the key factors playing a role in the transition to sustainability. August Sjauw-Koen-Fa (senior economist at the Economic Research Department of Rabobank the Netherlands) about sustainability in the global food supply chain. Klaas van Egmond (professor Environmental Science at Utrecht University and former CEO of The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) about the value of changing world views with respect to sustainability in practice. Niek Lopes Cardozo (professor Science and Technology of Nuclear Fusion at Eindhoven University of Technology) about the implementation of fusion power. Frank Majoor (ambassador, permanent representative of the Netherlands to NATO) about the conditions for and the maintaining of peace on a global scale. Purchase your tickets at or at our stand during lunch time at the Forum (7/8/9 th of March) or Leeuwenborch (7/8 th of March) building! Redefining a critical edge of sustainability: Possibilities from action research approach - in Denmark June 6 to June
12 Hosts: - ARALIG (ACTION RESEARCH ACTION LEARNING INTEREST GROUP) in cooperation with - Roskilde University - Forest &Landscape, LIFE, Copenhagen University - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala Venue Søminestationen (www.soeminestationen.dk), Dragerup 43, Holbæk - a course facility connected to Roskilde University. Deadlines The deadline for application/abstracts is 1 April The Deadline for papers (5-15 pages) is 18 May Submission and Contact: Mikaela Vasstrøm: You can also contact Helle Nielsen or Kurt Aagaard Nielsen Information on grants NWO Vernieuwingsimpuls 2011 NWO has published the deadlines for applications for Vernieuwingsimpuls grants for VIDI: 04 October 2011 VICI: 31 March 2011 Please note the new rules: there is a limit to re-submission of applications! More information: follow this link to (in Dutch). The internal deadline is 7 September. The candidates explain the proposal to the committee, consisting of the Rector Magnificus and the scientific directors of the graduate schools on 13 or 15 September. The preliminary process consists of the following steps: The candidate s his/her proposal to Henrieke de Ruiter at Research and Education by a fixed date. The candidate explains the proposal to the committee, consisting of the Rector Magnificus and the scientific directors of the graduate schools. If the committee decides that the proposal has a good chance of success, it will advise the candidate on how to optimise it. The committee will also assist the candidate in writing a reply on the basis of the reference reports. Finally, the candidate will be coached on how to present the proposal to the NWO. Van Gogh programme procedure for application General Information In 1997, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) signed a bilateral agreement to increase the possibilities for scientific cooperation between the two countries, resulting in the Van Gogh programme. The programme is administered by the FNA on the Dutch side and by EGIDE on the French side. The objective of the Van Gogh programme is to encourage and facilitate the exchange of French and Dutch researchers within the framework of a joint research project. Until recently the Van Gogh programme was linked to the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme (Dutch: Vernieuwingsimpuls). The aim of this link is: to encourage and support the most talented (young) researchers in the Netherlands to engage in research cooperation with French research groups. An added benefit is that the quality of applicants has already been established. As from 2009 the target group will be extended to other researchers with a record of
13 proven excellence. Applications can be written by: - the traditional group: veni-vidi-vici grant holders - Spinoza prize winners: recognizable quality - KNAW professors and members of the Young Academy: recognisable quality - Dutch ERC-grant holders - Researchers that have been awarded for the excellent research by their universities. - Extra attention: application in alfa/gamma research. Budget Guidelines and Management The maximum duration of the cooperation is two years. After one year, an extension has to be applied for together with a report on the first year. The following budgetary restrictions apply for Dutch applicants: The budget should not exceed 10,000 in the 1st year (max. 2 years). Only costs for travel and living costs are eligible (i.e. no research costs) (subsistence: up to a maximum of 110- per day per person; travel costs: real costs up to a maximum of 300- per person, per trip). Costs for other members of the research group involved in the French Dutch cooperation can be included. FNA will cover costs from Dutch researchers traveling to France, and vice versa. Deadline May 18th Selection committee: October Grants will be awarded in December 2011 Contact Frans-Nederlandse Academie Drs. L.G.H. Poorthuis (Lidwien) Kromme Nieuwegracht 46, 3512 HJ Utrecht T E I