Symposium Science in Transition: Young researchers caught between excellence and impact

13:30-14:00        Registration, coffee & tea

14:00-15:00        Plenary lectures “Science in Transition for young researchers”

  • Science in Transition: what is it and what are its achievements anno 2017?
    Speaker: Prof. dr. Frank Miedema, Dean and vice-chairman Executive Board UMC Utrecht and co-founder of Science in Transition
  •  The (dis)advantages of Science in Transition for young researchers
    Speaker: Remco Molenhuis

15:00-15:15        Break

15:15-16:00        Parallel workshops

  1. Valorisation is about creating impact
    Speaker: Mirko Lukacs

    Valorisation is not just about patenting research findings, it is about societal impact. What is societal impact? How can you maximize the societal impact of your research? Part of this includes a meaningful dialogue with societal stakeholders. How is this done? And why?

  2. Who determines the research agenda?
    Speakers: Prof. dr. Anna Akhmanova, Professor of Cell Biology at Utrecht University and Rinze Benedictus, staff advisor at UMC Utrecht and Science in Transition.

    Among many things, Science in Transition advocates involvement of society in establishing the research agenda. What is the best way to determine what research should be done and what not? Should research be curiosity driven? And is the demand for societal involvement a threat to basic science?

  3. Publication pressure and the impact factor
    Speaker: Dr. Joeri Tijdink, psychiatrist and researcher at Free University Medical Center Amsterdam (author of PhD thesis “Publish and Perish”)

    In many disciplines, at the end of the day, research activities should lead to publishing results in a peer-reviewed journal with a high impact factor. What are the effects of this publication pressure and why is this evaluation system so hotly debated?

  4. Scientific integrity: “I would never do that, but I know people who would”
    Speaker: Dr. Ghislaine van Thiel, ethicist at UMC Utrecht

    Questionable research practices are omnipresent, from massaging and cherry-picking of data, to sometimes outright manipulation and fraud. How to recognize this behavior, how to protect yourself from the temptation, and how to make it a topic in your lab/department/group?

  5. PhD-manifesto “Metamorphosis of young investigators in science”
    Speakers: Remco Molenhuis

    During this workshop tangible action points will be defined to create impact for the issues that were raised by the PhD-manifesto “Metamorphosis of young investigators in science”. This manifesto was drafted during the PhD Day 2016, organized by the PhD council of the Life Sciences, and addressed subjects such as research funding, integrity, motivation, supervision and PhD competencies.

16:00-16:15        Break

16:15-17:00        Plenary debate – The scientific environment for young researchers

  • Two short, thought-provoking introductions
     Speaker: Sicco de Knecht, editor-in-chief of and former PhD student
  • Moderated debate with audience and panel
    Panelists: Frank Miedema, Anna Akhmanova, Pieter Doevendans, Sicco de Knecht, Martijn van den Heuvel, Linda Vissers, Hilje Doekes

17:00                     Drinks and snacks