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How can we change the ways in which we assess academics? What are the most important criteria by which academic work should be valued? In 2019, the Association of Dutch Universities published a position paper on “Recognition and Rewards” (Erkennen en waarderen). The University of Amsterdam has set up a steering group to advice a practical implementation of the position paper in the university’s policies. The group focuses on three broad themes: (1) team science, (2) leadership, and (3) variation in career trajectories.

Event details of Discussion: Recognition and Rewards
Date 8 April 2021
Time 13:00 -14:00

On April 8th, we bring together all interested staff (academic and non-academic) of the AISSR to discuss several these themes, and give input on how they believe Recognition and Rewards should be implemented in our university and faculty. The event will be online, in English, on Zoom. During this event, we also will introduce you to the UvA-wide committee on the topic and their work.

The event will start with an opening statement by Thijs Bol, representative of FMG on the UvA committee. This is followed by a contribution on the topic of recognition and value in practice by Hanneke Hulst, who has published best practices for the Young Academy of the KNAW: Goed voorbeeld doet goed volgen — KNAW

After these two talks, we will go into breakout rooms, discussing different topics related to recognition and rewards. Please suggest topics that you are interested in, by sending an email to

About the position paper

“There is a growing movement to review the recognition and rewards systems for academics in Europe. The Netherlands has a strong ambition to make a transition in the recognition and rewards systems for academics. Universities are working on redefining existing frameworks for the recognition and reward of academics. Similar renewals, with a specific focus on research assessment, are happening at research institutes and research funders”.

To the VSNU report.

About the speakers

Thijs Bol is associate professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam and am co-director of the Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies, as well as a member of the Royal Young Academy.

Hanneke Hulst is assistant professor at the Amsterdam UMC (VUmc) and works on, amongst others, cognitive decline in Multiple Sclerosis (MS). She is a member of the Royal Young Academy and is a member of the national committee on recognition and rewards.

Please sign up following the link below, and we will send you the Zoom link one day in advance.