Knowledge exchange with PhD students Eliana and Lorenza

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  • #ethicsinhealthsciences
  • #medicalsciences
  • #politicalsciences
  • #sociology

Meet Eliana Chavarria Pino and Lorenza Nachira, two visiting PhD students working on Global Health and Planetary Health. What brings them to the Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management and what are they working on? In a peer-to-peer interview, these two students share their motivation and future aspirations. 

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Reflect on your career

What do you bring to your next job? What's your preferred working style, and in which situations are you at your best? Discover your strengths and style with our Career Reflector.

Our self-assessment is designed to help you reflect on your career journey. You will get to know:

- what your preferred approach is to developing and sharing knowledge
- how you preferably work with others
- how you demonstrate personal leadership
- what your preferred working style is

Take some time for self-reflection with our test and take the first step towards a fulfilling career!

Start the test now: https://www.academictransfer.com/en/career-reflector/


You have a part to play

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  • #history
  • #juridicalsciences
  • #neurosciences
  • #sociology

Working in science at Radboud University

A world from which we demand more and more requires people who can make a contribution. Critical thinkers who will take a closer look at what is really important. People who wish to work together with their colleagues and with experts from other disciplines, in an open and safe environment where creativity and initiative are valued. Our modern, sustainable campus is compact and our work environment is informal. This means that your colleagues are all within easy reach, both literally and figuratively. And our facilities offer you the scope to put your ideas to the test and push your boundaries.

"Because of the interesting research, the constant innovation and friendly atmosphere, I’m excited to progress in this unique environment." Nikhil Seeja Sivakumar - PhD candidate at the Scanning Probe Microscopy department

Impact through research

What is good research to you? For us, this means discovering, digging, collaborating, discussing and inspiring. You can judge us by our world-renowned research facilities and institutes such as the HFML-FELIX or the Donders Institute. But why not simply judge us by our science? By the knowledge we acquire through interdisciplinary collaboration and by the impact this has on humans and the world.

Find out more about working in science (our research, testimonials, doing a PhD) at Radboud University.


Two Utrecht projects received funding within National Growth Fund programme Circular Plastics NL

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  • #chemistry
  • #environmentalscience
  • #technology

How do we ensure that we can reuse plastic packaging material? Or how can dyes in PET bottles be reused and contribute to making plastics circular? Two research projects within the Inorganic Chemistry & Catalysis Group at Utrecht University will start within the Making plastics circular: technical innovations programme, which is part of the National Growth Fund programme Circular Plastics NL. Six million euros were divided over ten projects in total, and all studies will last five years.

Currently, 15 percent of the one million tonnes of discarded plastics produced annually in the Netherlands are recycled at high quality. The goal is for all plastics to be recycled by 2030 and production to be fully circular by 2050. With the National Growth Fund programme Circular Plastics NL, the Dutch government is investing in bottlenecks to close the cycles for existing plastics, provide sustainable growth opportunities for the Dutch economy and use subsidies to accelerate the transition.

Read more about the Utrecht University projects that have received funding via this UU-webpage.


‘Learning for Urban Sustainability Transformations’ Workshop (10 September)

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  • #environmentalscience
  • #sociology

A wide range of urban stakeholders are collaborating on experiments, living labs, testbeds, innovation districts, and projects to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. These activities are intended to produce new insights on how we can reinvent cities to be environmentally resilient, economically prosperous, and socially vibrant places. However, it is not clear how we can learn effectively from these activities and how they can be used to catalyse broader societal transformations. 

Please join us on 10 September at The Hague Conference Centre New Babylon for an engaging discussion with practitioners and researchers about the opportunities and challenges of learning in urban sustainability transformations. The event will provide an opportunity to reflect on how we are developing and supporting learning practices in our current work and how these practices can be improved to realise deep and long-term impacts. The event will include a brief introduction, keynote talks, and a roundtable discussion, followed by a networking reception with food and drinks.

For schedule and registration, go to this EUR-webpage.


World-class collaboration receives €37.5 million for regenerative medicine using smart materials

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  • #medicalsciences

The DRIVE-RM consortium, led by Professor of Experimental Nephrology Marianne Verhaar from UMC Utrecht, has been awarded €37.5 million under the prestigious NWO SUMMIT program. The SUMMIT grant recognizes world-class collaborations, while further strengthening these partnerships. The DRIVE-RM collaboration involves UMC Utrecht, Utrecht University, Eindhoven University of Technology, Maastricht University, and the Hubrecht Institute, focusing on smart materials that assist the body in healing. Within Utrecht University, the faculties of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and Science are involved.

"It is wonderful for Utrecht Life Science research that we are receiving this recognition and funding", says Prof. Jos Malda from Utrecht University and UMC Utrecht.

Regenerative medicine involves repairing or replacing damaged tissues and organs by leveraging the body's own healing processes. DRIVE-RM specifically focuses on material-driven regeneration, using intelligent, lifelike, or even living materials that can prompt the human body to generate new tissue. This approach could radically change the treatment of chronic diseases such as kidney failure, heart failure, and worn joints in the future.

Read full article about this collaborative consortium and the recognition as world leaders, bringing together techniques and disciplines.


Together @ Amsterdam UMC

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  • #pharmacologicalsciences

Together we discover the healthcare of tomorrow

Working as a researcher in an academic hospital motivates me even more to develop techniques that we can directly apply to patient studies. This often leads to interesting cross-fertilization for new research. Due to the close connections, this is precisely possible within an academic hospital.“ says Anouk, assistant professor Radiology & Nuclear Medicine.

Are you and Amsterdam UMC a match? Discover it now!


Call for the EUR / Erasmus MC Open and Responsible Science Awards 2024

Are you involved in Open and Responsible Science projects? And do you want your project to be in the spotlight by entering a competition? Then read on, this page contains information about the EUR / Erasmus MC Open and Responsible Science Awards 2024.


The Open and Responsible Science program (ORS) wishes to recognize projects that include open, transparent, inclusive, and responsible scholarship practices. Fall 2024, ORS will award separate prizes to celebrate commitment to three important pillars of open science:

  • Open Research

  • Open Education

  • Societal Engagement

The winners in each category will receive €2500 to be invested in research and educational materials.

For further reading about eligibility criteria, submission procedure, examples of Open Scholarship practices and evaluation procedure, go to this EUR-webpage.


Roadmap to a carbon-neutral refinery by 2050

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Towards the sustainable production of future fuels, chemicals and materials

Would it be possible to build a refinery that is completely fossil-free, and thereby significantly contributing to a carbon-neutral society by as early as 2050? According to two chemists from Utrecht University it is. In a highly visionary Nature article, they present a roadmap in which oil refineries could be reinvented to be completely fossil-free. Processes will be electrified if possible, and raw materials will change to CO2, agricultural and municipal waste. “We wanted to see what would be needed to make a fossil-free refinery and took that to the extreme.”

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Scientist Roy Huijsmans delivers meals by bike for his research

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  • #sociology

Poor working conditions, little income and no rights. We often hear these negative aspects about platform labour, such as meal delivery. But platform labour also has benefits, especially for migrants, though we hear very little about them. Researcher Roy Huijsmans delved into it.

Scientist Roy Huijsmans noticed something in 2017. Some of his students delivered meals alongside their studies: 'That students work alongside their studies is, of course, not strange. But at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), most students are from outside the EU. Cycling must already be quite a challenge for them. Let alone maneuvering through a city you don't know very well, with a smartphone and a bike. That drew me into this research: what is the relationship between migration and platform work?'

Roy Huijsmans is an ethnographer. That means he doesn't do research from behind his computer. He goes out and about. So in 2019, Roy started to deliver meals for Deliveroo. He did so from 2019 until Deliveroo stopped delivering in the Netherlands back in 2022.

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