Newsletter for NWO-I employees October 2020
Inside NWO-I
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Marcel Levi new chair of NWO

Professor Marcel Levi is set to become the new chair of the Dutch Research Council (NWO) on 1 April 2021. He will succeed Stan Gielen, who is retiring. Levi is currently CEO of University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and professor and clinical dean of University College London. Ingrid van Engelshoven, Minister of Education, Culture and Science, has formally appointed the new chair. On 1 April 2021 Marcel Levi will also join the NWO-I Foundation Board.

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Statutes and internal rules and regulations changed: new step for NWO-I

Nieuwe governance

At the end of 2019, the NWO Executive Board decided to change the governance of NWO-I to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the organisation. After approval from the COR NWO, a new governance model was elaborated in 2020 and formalised in new statutes and a revised internal rules and regulations. This became effective on 1 October 2020. On the same date, Miriam Luizink started work as the new director of NWO-I. Together with Jan van der Boon, who on 1 September started as director of operations NWO-I, she will develop NWO-I into a strong and effective institutes organisation. In the next issue of Inside NWO-I, you can read an initial interview with both: in this, they will introduce themselves and talk about their plans for NWO-I.

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A new financial system for NWO-I in its entirety

Jeroen Duyster: ‘Institutes that do not work with the new system yet will experience the greatest impact’

The finance departments of the NWO-I office and NWO Institutes have been working flat out for the past eighteen months on the project “New Financial System” (NFS). At the start of 2021, all nine NWO Institutes and the NWO-I office will work in a new joint system for financial management, purchasing, project and programme management. Jeroen Duyster, Head of Finance & Control at the NWO-I office, is closely involved in the NFS project as a member of the steering group and explains why the use of the new system ERP (Unit4 Enterprise Resource Planning, previously UBW: Unit4 Business World) is so important for the organisation.

Jeroen Duyster
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P&O highlight: make good use of your vacation leave hours


In Chapter 5 “Vacation and leave” of our Collective Labour Agreement Research Institutions (CAO-OI) it is stated that an employee in full-time employment (38 hours) and with a full-time working week (40 hours) receives 338 hours of paid vacation leave per calendar year. The collective labour agreement determines that in general, you may transfer a maximum of 80 vacation leave hours to a following calendar year. NWO-I therefore calls upon all employees who still have a lot of vacation leave hours to either use these or request payment in lieu of them. If you nevertheless have more than 80 hours of leave, then you should make individual agreements with your line manager to save the hours for a (future) adjustment of your working time.

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Highlight SRON: new building South Holland achieves highest point

On Friday 25 September, the new SRON building at the Leiden Bio Science Park in the province of South Holland reached its highest point. As SRON develops new detection technologies for satellite instruments with the associated degree of precision, the clean room will have a low vibration floor. The relocation of SRON from Utrecht to South Holland will go hand-in-hand with a broader partnership with Leiden University, TU Delft and various other knowledge partners, which focuses on SRON’s most important research programs: Astrophysics, Exoplanets, Earth and Technology. The building will be commissioned during the course of 2021.

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NWO celebrates Coming Out Day

Coming Out

For the second time, all NWO and NWO-I organisation units have marked “Coming Out Day” by raising the rainbow flag. With this, we request specific attention for the position of employees with an LGBTI background (LGBTI is the acronym for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex). On 11 October, we raised the rainbow flag at the NWO offices and Institutes as shown in this picture of NWO Institute CWI at the Amsterdam Science Park. By doing this, we are giving a clear signal that everybody must be able to be themselves. That we respect everybody and treat everybody the same. So that everybody can reach their potential at NWO.

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Listen to the NIOZ podcast: from Delta to Deep Sea

The podcast series “From Delta to Deep Sea” is a quest for understanding the current state of the sea with researchers from NWO Institute NIOZ. Each month, radio producers Tessel Blok (left in the picture, talking to NIOZ researcher Furu Mienis) and Mathijs Deen invite a NIOZ researcher to climb the steps to the tower of the institute on Texel. There, far above sea level, they look across the Wadden Sea and talk about sea research. You can already watch and listen to the first four episodes (in Dutch only).

NIOZ podcast
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News from NWO Central Works Council


The NWO Central Works Council (COR NWO) is pleased that Prof. Marcel Levi will be the new President of NWO with effect from 1 April 2021. NWO COR had the opportunity to meet him even before his formal appointment. COR NWO also talked with the Executive Board representative about determining the number of collective closure days for 2021 to 2023 within NWO-I. It was decided that both the institutes and the NWO-I office will determine for themselves which collective closure days they choose.

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Calendar: new courses NWO Academy

The NWO Academy, the internal training bureau of NWO, is offering new training courses including Personal effectiveness, Time management and Happiness@work. Due to COVID-19, all training courses will be offered online. The courses have been developed for employees of the NWO domain organisation and are therefore only available in Dutch. Nevertheless, NWO-I employees are also cordially invited to take part. If you want to follow a training course, then you should first discuss this with your line manager.

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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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