Academy policy

The Academy is required by law to adopt a strategic plan every four years. It has described its policy for the 2016-2020 period in the document Science and scholarship connect. Strategic Agenda for 2016-2020.

In that document, the Academy sets itself the target of reinforcing the connections between scientific disciplines and science organisations, between science and society and, internally, between the three societies (the Learned Society, The Young Academy, and the Society of Arts) and its 15 research institutes.

Strategic Agenda for 2016-2020

The Academy’s strategic agenda builds on:

  • the recommendations of the committee that evaluated it in 2014, and
  • the results of the Strategic Agenda for 2010-2015.

Policy targets for 2020

The Strategic Agenda for 2016-2020 identifies the following aims:

  • optimise the Academy’s performance by connecting its core activities;
  • serve as an ambassador and platform for Dutch scientists and scholars;
  • boost the Academy’s role as an initiator, source of inspiration, partner and coordinator in science communication and education;
  • increase the impact of science on Dutch and European policy;
  • improve and position its research institutes as dynamic national organisations that complement Dutch universities;
  • help reinforce national and international networks and research infrastructures;
  • utilise the potential of the Dutch National Research Agenda (NRA) in cooperation with the Knowledge Coalition partners.

Annual address

Every year, the President of the Academy gives an annual address, outlining his thoughts on the state of science and scholarship in general and of the Academy in particular.