Newsletter for NWO-I employees November 2021
Inside NWO-I
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FAIR data management for all NWO Institutes

Reinder Radersma about the new NWO-I Digital Competence Center (DCC)

Within the NWO Institutes, the Open Access publishing of articles has almost become standard practice. But what about making your research data and software available? That is also a step that NWO-I wants to make its researchers aware of. Last September, Reinder Radersma started working at NWO-I as leader of the recently established NWO-I Digital Competence Center (DCC), housed at NWO Institute CWI. The DCC will provide low threshold advice, expertise and practical support to the researchers of the NWO Institutes to make their results, research data and research software suitable for reuse in the context of Open Science.

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A word of thanks to departing directors Henk Brinkhuis and Peter van der Laan

In November, two institute directors left NWO-I: Peter van der Laan said farewell to NWO Institute NSCR and Henk Brinkhuis completed his second and last period as director of the NWO-NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research.

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Remuneration commuting and working from home expenses remains unchanged this year

NWO-I has a remuneration scheme for commuting and working from home expenses. This will remain unchanged until at least 1 January 2022. On the NWO-I website, you can find all of the information you need about declaring such costs and the tool you should use to do so.

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NWO works on its strategy 2023-2026

From all parts of NWO, including NWO-I, colleagues have started working on NWO's strategy for 2023-2026. Every four years, NWO has to submit a strategic plan. The strategy 2023-2026 will be based on the current mission and three roles: financing research, performing research, and building connections. The strategy 2023-2026 should be finalized well before summer.

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Update scientific integrity at NWO-I

Working together on a safe scientific environment

As announced in the June 2021 edition of Inside NWO-I, the NWO Institutes will pay extra attention to scientific integrity. ‘Science needs to be conducted as honestly, meticulously and responsibly as possible’, says Peter van der Laan (NSCR). For the Institutes Organisation, NWO-I produced a separate complaints procedure for (suspected) violations of scientific integrity by NWO-I employees. This article brings you the latest scientific integrity news, such as the newly appointed confidential advisers, the online scientific integrity training for PhDs, and the Dilemma Game app from Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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Workshops scientific integrity at ARCNL, DIFFER and NSCR

NWO Institutes discuss scientific integrity with reference to dilemmas

NWO-I has made scientific integrity (SI) a priority. In 2020 ASTRON brought in expert Ralph Wijers to introduce SI to the institute. Recently the institutes ARCNL, DIFFER and NSCR organized workshops in which colleagues discussed scientific integrity. With the help of both fictive and real-life dilemmas, scientific integrity was given a face, and the workshops also had an additional teambuilding effect.

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Highlight CWI: Huibregtsen Prize 2021 to ‘Mathematics for a safer and healthier Netherlands’

Ambulances must arrive at urgent situations within fifteen minutes but do not always achieve this. A new planning method for ambulances reduces the number of too late arrivals by 25 to 30 percent. Sandjai Bhulai (VU Amsterdam) and Rob van der Mei (CWI/VU Amsterdam) won the Huibregtsen Prize 2021 for, amongst other things, this mathematical solution from their research project ‘Mathematics for a safer and healthier Netherlands’. This is because they know how to combine scientific quality and innovation with a remarkable societal value. ‘This is not just about publishing in top scientific journals. It is mainly an example of how science can help to save lives’, says Rob van der Mei.

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Arrange all your pension matters online

Your pension is not a subject that you deal with each day. Many people simply think that it is something for later. However, nothing could be further from the truth. You may inadvertently be confronted with a pension even at a younger age, for example due to work disability or in the event of death. So make sure you are well informed about the pension that you as an NWO-I employee have built up with ABP, the pension fund for employees in the government and education sectors. You can view all information online and arrange everything via

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NWO celebrated... Diversity Day

Diversity Day is a day of solidarity, when we show that a good mix of people in terms of cultural origin, sexual orientation, age, gender and occupational ability is nothing but positive. Only by making room for difference we can make the most of the power of diversity. This year’s Diversity Day was on Tuesday 5 October and, like many other organizations, NWO/NWO-I used the occasion to highlight diversity and inclusivity. In this article we outline current developments in this field within our organization, in both grants and personnel policy.

Coming Out day
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News from the works councils

As announced in the last newsletter, the Groups Works Council (GOR NWO-I) has started alongside NWO Central Works Council (COR NWO). Therefore, the name of this section has been changed from “News from the COR NWO” to “News from the works councils”. The GOR NWO-I is made up of the employees from all nine NWO Institutes, the university workgroups (BUW) and the NWO-I office, represented by members from the local works councils. Besides the GOR members, COR NWO also has three representatives from the works council of the domain organisation of NWO (NWO-D). In this newsletter, we give you an update about the composition of the COR NWO and GOR NWO-I as well as the latest news.

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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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