Opening Academic Year

    Workload in the academic world is enormous. Grant applications, educational accountability, administration, pressure to publish, it all adds up. Many people are working in evenings, weekends, holidays and sometimes even while sick. Research shows that at least 20% of all extra work is being done in spare time. Calculated for a fulltime job that means more than 9 weeks unpaid work per year!

    That’s why VAWO, together with PNN (Dutch PhD-network) and PostdocNL, organises a sympathetic protest during the opening of the Academic Year in Nijmegen on the 4th of September.

    Join us! Contact for registration and/or more information




Fewer than 25% female professors by 2020?

21 January 2016 – In a recent letter to the Minister of Education, Dutch university leaders set themselves future targets for the proportion of female professors they will employ. In this letter they claim that gender [...]

VAWO event: 6 Alternative New Year speeches

5 January 2016 - The first Alternative New Year speeches, organised by the VAWO on the 5th of January in Utrecht, were a success. 6 scientists gave their views for healthy science in 2016. All [...]

Agreement on wage increase

27 November 2015 - Labour unions and universities reached an agreement on the implementation of wages for 2015. Starting September this year, wages increase by 1,25% and will be paid in December. Furthermore employees who [...]

10 November: National PhD Day

16 Oktober, 2015 - On 10 November in Delft, the Promovendi Netwerk Nederland (PNN) organizes its annual National PhD Day. The theme this year is Enhance your career. Pursuing a career in science is not [...]

Gender discrimination by Dutch organisation for scientific research

22 september 2015 -  Research shows that chances to obtain funding for research by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) are significantly lower for female scientists. The research by two social-psychologists was asked for [...]

Column Giorgio Touburg

Giorgio columns

Hard reset

Enter Rotterdam Central Station through the underground cycle park, and as soon as you open the sliding doors, you will be greeted by a citrus fragrance and calm piano music. You may think this is a nice touch. After all, there is no harm in injecting some much-needed serenity into a hectic public transport hub like Central Station. Moreover, says [...]

Giorgio Touburg is a doctoral candidate at the Rotterdam School of Management. He is also a VAWO-representative at Erasmus University and writes his columns for Erasmus Magazine.