Newsletter for NWO-I employees March 2020
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Information coronavirus

In December 2019 an outbreak of a new coronavirus started in the region of Wuhan, China. Meanwhile this virus has spread worldwide. NWO/NWO-I is preparing for a further outbreak in the Netherlands. We take care of the health of our employees in this way. We will follow the recommendations of the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health) and the travel advice by Foreign Affairs.

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Collective Labour Agreement: an extra 2.6 percent and continuation Generation plan

NWO-I and other research institutions have concluded a Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) with the trade unions. It includes a provision that salaries will increase by 2.6 percent as of 1 January 2020. The increase for January and February will be paid retroactively with your April salary. For those employees for whom the salary increase would be lower than 1,000 euros gross per year with a fulltime employment, the salary increase will be supplemented to that amount in 2020. The CAO also includes a section on sustainable deployment, in which the regulation ‘Generation plan’ will be continued on an ongoing basis. Under certain conditions it is also possible to take partially paid leave for voluntary work and there will be a possibility for taking unpaid leave for providing informal care. The CAO will remain in force until 1 January 2021.

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New, sustainable Implementing Regulations: travelling by public transport from now on fully reimbursed

NWO, NWO-I and the Central Works Council have reached a final agreement on new Implementing Regulations (IR). Allowances for commuting and business trips will be adjusted to make the organisation more sustainable. From now on, travel by public transport will be fully reimbursed.

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Highlight ARCNL: mass loss from a thin sheet of tin

“We were amazed that we could see light shine through a sheet of liquid tin”, says Oscar Versolato (EUV Plasma Processes group at NWO Institute ARCNL). The group studies tin microdroplets that become a hot and dense plasma, emitting EUV light for state-of-the-art nanolithography. In the process of creating such a plasma, a tin droplet is hit by an energetic laser pulse and deforms into an ultrathin sheet. PhD student Bo Liu developed two methods to measure the thickness of these tin sheets and determine their mass loss.

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COR contributes ideas on Implementing Regulations, the financial system and governance


In the past month, the NWO Central Works Council has adopted the Implementing Regulations and has received a response to the advice the COR NWO gave on the New Financial System for NWO-I. COR NWO is also actively keeping an eye on the change to governance at NWO-I, which is increasingly taking shape.

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Save the date: Connect@NSCR

Date 11-06-2020

Mid-June 2020 a Connect event will take place at NWO Institute...

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Save the date: Connect@Nikhef

Date 15-09-2020

On Tuesday 15 September 2020 a Connect event will take place at NWO Institute Nikhef (National Institute...

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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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