Voorzitter College van Bestuur
In his annual science lecture, KNAW President Robert Dijkgraaf presented a passionate plea to respect the fundamentals of science. On this occasion, he presented a new science agenda consisting of 49 scientific challenges to state secretary Halbe Zijlstra, who accepted the agenda emphasising his view that the research pipeline is broken. Dutch research excells in [...]
This year’s International Advisory Board’s (IAB) recommendations for the city of Rotterdam are based on a scenario planning excercise. Four scenarios were discussed: attractive city, executive power, regional cooperation and sustainability. In the IAB’s view, the City of Rotterdam should develop a truly shared contemporary vision of what the city should become. Proactive and shared [...]
Thanks to all for your encouraging words regarding my writer’s block (blog?) earlier this week. Have received numerous comments on my NRC guest column about the future of Europe – I am glad it apparently struck a chord. The week was eventful with yesterday’s Mandeville lecture delivered by Joop van den Ende. What a brilliant, [...]
Na weken van ijsberen en humeurigheid ben ik er zeker van: weinig zaken zijn intimiderender dan het schrijven van een gastcolumn voor het economiekatern van NRC Handelsblad. Vooral als je zelf geen deskundigheidspretentie hebt, maar wel de voltallige Erasmus School of Economics over je schouder mee voelt lezen. Fijn, NRC redactie, bedankt voor de uitnodiging [...]
I am writing this blog on my way to an offsite meeting with my colleagues from all Dutch universities, united in the so-called VSNU AB (algemeen bestuur). The agenda contains big themes, such as the future of the university landscape under the current government. Tomorrow, Staatssecretaris Halbe Zijlstra will grace us with his presence. Looking [...]
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending and addressing the Estoril conference on Global Challenges, local solutions. And since Estoril is in Portugal, and the majority of delegates were Portugese, it was understandable that the real concern on everybody’s mind was the Portugese debt situation and the rage against local policitians who were unable [...]
Pauline van der Meer Mohr is president of the Executive Board and is responsible for general administrative matters, such as the relationship with the Board of Trustees and the University Council. She focuses on the strategic policy, international affairs and external contacts, including the Rotterdam region, industry and other knowledge institutions.