Event for early career researchers: Recalibrating excellence

No scientific career or tenure without a prestigious grant like a VENI and a list of publications in highly cited journals. Or so it seems. Rathenau Institute and CWTS invite early career researchers who care about science, and feel concerned about the emphasis on excellence, to explore the issue of research excellence.


On Thursday October 13th 2016, the Rathenau Institute and CWTS jointly organize an interactive event for early career researchers: Recalibrating excellence. This event is part of a joint project aimed at drawing lessons from 25 years of excellence policies and excellence funding. In the last 25 years science policies and funding schemes have increasingly focused on fostering ‘excellent’ research. Many researchers experience this label of excellence as too narrow an interpretation of good science. The funding schemes – such as the Dutch NWO Innovational Research Incentives Scheme (VENI, VIDI, VICI) or the European ERC – are often perceived as overly competitive. On October 13th we aim to recalibrate excellence. Can we think of more differentiated notions of excellence in science?


Join us, learn from experts, discuss your experiences with other early career researchers and put your ideas on the table.


Recalibrating excellence takes place Thursday October 13th, 2016, from 1 to 6 pm. The event is organised at Ottone, Kromme Nieuwegracht 62, 3512 HL Utrecht.


You can register through the event website.



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