Third of four expert meetings on the impact of Covid-19 on science, researchers and trust in science

Academics on fire

13 December 2021 from 10:00 to 11:30 hrs
Online, via Zoom
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New knowledge with a direct impact on society was developed at breakneck speed during the pandemic. Researchers quickly took steps to produce knowledge relevant to the new situation. What have we learned? And what price might we have paid?

We will discuss how to encourage and facilitate researchers who seek to align their research with current events, for example by quickly organising funding. We will reflect on the quality and the use of field lab experiments. We will then look at how changes in social (un)safety influence science and researchers, and how we can continue to guarantee the quality of research, ethical and other approval, publication and peer review in times of intense pressure. 

After four short presentations, there will be a panel discussion of various statements with speakers and the audience (using Mentimeter). You can register here. The language of communication will be in English.


  • Lex Bouter, Professor of Methodology and Integrity, Amsterdam UMC, VU Medical Centre; member of the Academy committee on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on science and scientists. Bouter will be a moderator
  • Carlijn Bouten, Professor of Biomechanical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology; member of the Academy committee on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on science and scientists. Bouten will be a moderator
  • Marcel Levi, Professor of Medicine and chair of the Dutch Research Council (NWO), at the start of the pandemic Chief Executive of University College London Hospitals, on medical science in times of crisis
  • Cecile Janssens, Professor of Translational Epidemiology, Emory University, Atlanta (USA), on field lab experiments
  • Ineke Sluiter, President of the Academy, on how changes in social safety influence researchers
  • Gowri Gopalakrishna, researcher at the department of Epidemiology and Data Science, Amsterdam UMC, VU Medical Centre, on the impact of time pressure and urgency on publication ethics and integrity

Four expert meetings on the impact of Covid-19 on science

The Covid-19 pandemic brought about many changes in the world of science, both positive and negative. The pandemic’s consequences affected scientists on a personal level, with the true impact depending on their field of study, career phase and family responsibilities. Scientific practice also changed dramatically during the pandemic. Which of these changes do we wish to retain? Which would we rather not? The Academy has established a committee that will advise on these questions. The committee has decided on a forward-looking approach. In the coming months, the Academy will organise four expert meetings to generate input for the committee’s advisory report. You are cordially invited to attend.