Voorzitter College van Bestuur
In: Uncategorized16 Apr 2012
Sometimes, things comes together within a short timespan. This morning, I did a radio interview with BNR newsradio (lots of interest in the pilot results of Nominaal=Normaal). As a thank you gift, I received an interesting book by Renee Steenbergen: ” De Nieuwe Mecenas”, on charitable giving for cultural institutions. Just in time reading for this evening, when I may address the charity dinner Argos Oil is hosting for our Erasmus MC Thorax Foundation. Hoping to generate a substantial amount of funds through this fundraiser, I have thrown in a masterclass for female talent (offers received from 1500 euros to avoid embarassment). I do hope this will be a great success. Our researchers deserve it and need it. Have just read the overview produced by the Rathenau Institue on government R&D spending. It appears that all departments are spending less since the 2010 budget was set. Percentage wise, total government r&D spend is being reduced from 0,84% in 2010 to 0,67% of GDP by 2016. Also in absolute terms, direct spend on R&D is decreasing, which means that NL is going down in the international (Eurostat) rankings from a 5th position in 2010 to a mere 12th position by 2016. Only the UK, Belgium and Italy are spending even less.
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.