Response to the opinion piece ScienceGuide

An opinion piece was published on in response to article by Nature referring to Utrecht University abandonment of the #impactfactor. We appreciate academics expressing their concerns about #RecognitionRewards and we will engage in dialogue.

Universities present Knowledge Security Framework

On 8 July, the Dutch universities presented the Knowledge Security Framework to outgoing Minister of Education, Culture and Science Ingrid van Engelshoven. Pieter Duisenberg, President of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU): ‘We cherish transparency in science while also maintaining awareness of its potential downsides. With this framework, scientists and universities are gaining an even more precise tool for weighing the interests of open science against those of preventing undesired knowledge transfer.’

Universities are preparing to abolish 1.5-metre distance measure in the new academic year

In its press conference of 18 June, the government announced that universities can prepare themselves to abolish the 1.5-metre distance measure for staff and students in higher education from 16 August. On 13 August, the government will make a final decision on this. Pieter Duisenberg, VSNU president: ‘It would be very good news if virtually all the coronavirus restrictions for higher education would be abolished. As a result, first-year students can still enjoy their orientation weeks and we can look forward to a new academic year without restrictions. The pandemic has shown that the academic community is present everywhere, but especially that social contact is essential for academic education.’