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

Impact of Covid-19 on researchers

2 December 2021 from 14:00 to 15:30 hrs
Online, via Zoom
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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted academia. However, the effects on researchers in the Netherlands has varied widely, depending on their discipline, career stage, nationality and personal circumstances.

The Young Academy and the Dutch Network of Women Professors have investigated the effects on researchers in the Netherlands. The findings and recommendations from their report will be presented during this meeting. In addition, we will reflect on the positive and negative effects experienced by junior and senior researchers themselves. Furthermore we will discuss which measures are needed to minimise the negative effects and to be better prepared for similar situations in the future.

The language of communication is English. 

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  • Bettina Reitz-Joosse, member KNAW-committee Impact of COVID-19 on science and scientists, moderator
  • Thijs Bol, associate professor sociology, University of Amsterdam and co-author of the report The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic first lockdown period on the work and well-being of academics in the Netherlands from The Young Academy and the Dutch Network of Women Professors
  • Meaghan Polack, chair Promovendi Netwerk Nederland and PhD studenten chirurgy, Leiden UMC
  • Kari BoschPhD student cognitive neurosciences, Donders Institute, Radboud UMC/Radboud University
  • Wiktor Szymanski, associate professor organic chemistry UMC Groningen and University of Groningen
  • Anthonya Visser, professor German literature, dean faculty of arts University of Groningen

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.