Newsletter for NWO-I employees June 2019
Inside NWO-I
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The future of NWO-I

Description of the project "Further development NWO-I"

The further development of NWO-I is a current theme for the managers and directors of the nine NWO Institutes and the NWO-I office. It concerns improving the collaboration within NWO-I. Why is that important? You can find the answers in the Q&A.

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Science in a new, sustainable home

Relocation to Nova Zembla: Peter van den Brakel looks back
Peter van den Brakel

The editors of Inside NWO-I spoke to Peter van den Brakel, Head of Financial Planning NWO-I, who is a member of the project team coordinating the relocation of NWO Utrecht to the new location Nova Zembla. Monday 3 June was the big day. After a period of tidying up and packing, colleagues started their first workday at the new location. 'Preparing for the relocation cost a lot of time but eventually, everything fell into place', says Peter.

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Highlight SRON

12,000 new X-ray spectral lines described

Many X-ray sources in the universe emit radiation with a "barcode" that discloses their properties. The code consists of precise peaks and troughs in the spectrum of the source spread over various "X-ray colours". Astronomers from NWO Institute SRON and the European Space Agency (ESA) have collected 12,000 lines with the satellite XMM-Newton, which has a spectrometer that was built under the leadership of SRON. Astronomers can use this catalogue for large-scale research of star populations. For example, they would like to know whether there is a causal relationship between the intensity of X-ray lines and UV lines in the spectrum of the same object. They would also like to be able to estimate how many stars contain a significant quantity of nitrogen.

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News from the NWO Central Works Council

What does the new COR NWO do for you?

The new, two-year term of the NWO Central Works Council (COR NWO) started in mid-May. The COR NWO works on behalf of all NWO and NWO-I employees on the proper functioning of the organisation. For example, are you (m/f) planning a family, are you pregnant, or do you breastfeed? The COR NWO recently issued a positive advice for the policy to minimise risks on the work floor. It is also busy with the organisation of working conditions. This includes the in-house emergency service and crisis management.

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About NWO-I

NWO-I, the Institutes Organisation of NWO, is an independent foundation belonging to NWO. The following nine institutes are part of NWO-I: AMOLF, ARCNL, ASTRON, CWI, DIFFER, Nikhef, NIOZ, NSCR and SRON. The 200-plus workgroups in which physics research takes place at Dutch universities and knowledge institutes are also part of NWO-I.


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