The Young Academy: “Flying academics should stay on the ground more often"

THE NETHERLANDS. Universities need to do more to reduce their CO2 emissions from air travel, says The Young Academy. In a new report, they recommend learning from everything that has been achieved during the coronavirus crisis and investing in digital conferences and good webcams.

Dear Professor, how honest are you?

Dear Professor, how honest are you?

THE NETHERLANDS. In the Netherlands, the largest ever study of scientific integrity and sloppy science is being conducted across all disciplines. Or that was the idea, at least, but most universities and teaching hospitals are withholding their cooperation.

“Abolition of BSA is an example of a cheap score”

MAASTRICHT. The Lower House wants to get rid of the binding study advice. The House voted in favour of a motion by GroenLinks last week. The minister will have to talk to the education institutes to no longer make this advice ‘binding’. Student unions are enthusiastic, but education experts in Maastricht were not immediately convinced. “You have to be able to offer an alternative.”

“I don’t set much score to status or fame, for me it is about the subject matter”

“I don’t set much score to status or fame, for me it is about the subject matter”

MAASTRICHT. “I am sweet until people are unkind or don’t listen. Then I can be hard and nasty.” “I am an unorthodox type of person; I like to stray from the beaten path and I don’t hold my tongue.” “I can be a bit of a hothead.” “The adolescent in me is never far away.”

A random selection of the qualifications that Albert Scherpbier saw written about himself over the past 29 years in Observant. The man who officially said farewell as dean of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML) last Friday, listens amusedly. He says it is all correct, although he has been able to control the hothead reasonably well as the years mounted.

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President Martin Paul leaves UM

President Martin Paul leaves UM

MAASTRICHT. President of the Executive Board professor Martin Paul is leaving Maastricht University after thirteen years. As of 1 November, he will become rector at the Ruhr Universität in Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia. He will not complete his third term: I wasn’t planning on leaving, but this is a unique opportunity.”