Knowledge Transfer

How important is science communication to you and how do you experience communicating research findings to your end-users?

We are curious about your opinion as a young researcher.

The Department of Public Health and Primary Care at Leiden University Medical Center, in collaboration with the Department of Science Communication and Society at Leiden University, investigates the engagement in knowledge transfer activities and the factors that may facilitate or impede this. The research project is supervised by Professor dr. N. H. Chavannes.
Results of this study will provide insight into the position of knowledge transfer in the academic field and thus provide directions for future initiatives to improve or strengthen this position.

Why is this research done?

Researchers are increasingly expected to engage in knowledge transfer activities. To grant funding, they often have to include knowledge transfer activities in their communication and dissemination plan. These knowledge transfer activities should ensure that end-users, such as policy makers, public health officials and system administrators are reached. The current academic climate does not seem to be adapted to these additional expectations. This study will provide more insight into the position knowledge transfer holds in the academic field and thus provide directions for future initiatives to improve or strengthen this position.

Who can participate?

Anyone who is affiliated to a University and performs or supervises research activities. Participants can be either junior or senior scientists, but should at minimum hold a position as a PhD student.
What do we ask from you?

The study consists of a short online survey in which questions are asked about your opinion towards engagement in knowledge transfer activities (e.g., lay abstract writing, media appearance, interacting with the end-user, etc.). We will also ask about factors that, based on your experience, may facilitate or hinder engagement in these activities.
Completing the survey takes approximately 10 minutes and participation is voluntary. Responses will be collected anonymously and results will be treated confidentially. Summary results will be sent to your affiliated institute, provided that the response rate is sufficient to guarantee anonymity.

Willing to participate?

You can participate by  following this link: https://leidenuniv.eu.qualtrics.com/…/fo…/SV_2u9e90RCKAGneHb

 

Survey on the well-being of PhD students

Dear PhD-student,

Recently, the well-being of PhD-students has received a lot of attention. I am a research master student at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and want to investigate how work demands influence employee well-being. I therefore need your help filling out this survey:
https://usbo.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4Vi9TaUDg0JjACp

In the survey several questions will be asked about different aspects of the work of PhD-students. The goal of this survey is to understand how PhD-students experience their PhD trajectory and how this affects their general well-being.

I ask you to fill in this survey truthfully, responses are processed anonymously. Filling out this survey takes approximately 10 minutes of your time.
If you are willing to participate in an interview following this survey, please fill in your email address at the end of this survey. With these interviews we want to get more information on how your PhD influences your well-being.

Your PhD organisation will receive a report with the generalized findings of this study.

Thank you for your time!
Christa de Geus

1st National Meeting for Researchers on Open Science

The 1st national meeting for researchers on Open Science will be held on 29th of May 2017 in Delft:
http://www.hetpnn.nl/…/1st-national-meeting-for-researchers….

This day is particularly intended to hear the questions and opinions of PhD candidates on OS.
The day will be opened by Sander Dekker and will be chaired by PNN’s own Rolf van Wegberg.

We would like to get as many PhD candidates at this event as is humanly possible.
So, please spread the word to your fellow PhD candidates!

You can sign up for the event here:
https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfeW87HhRXr7j1Lba…/viewform.

Project on PhD Burnout

Dear LEO members,
Barbe Bock, a student at UvA, is looking for 15 respondents for an interview as a part of her thesis project. Barbe would like to find out find out about the possible causes of ‘burnout’ among PhD candidates. It is not necessary to be diagnosed with a burnout, and you can answer her anonymously. She can also come to Leiden for the interview.

If you are interested to take part in Barbe’s project, Email her to barbe.bock19@gmail.com

Thanks!

March for Science

March for Science 22 April 2017!

The March for Science is a non-partisan event. The main goals are to call for science that upholds the common good and to call for evidence-based-policy in the public’s best interest. Science leads to accurate, non-biased , objective knowledge, development in all fields and to a better society. Therefore, it is our right and responsibility as citizens (not only as researchers) to safeguard it.
Leiden University supports The March for Science that shouts out to everyone celebrating our passion for science, increasing awareness, and joining The March for Science event at the Museumplein in Amsterdam on 22 April 2017. See you there!


https://www.facebook.com/events/1103742243069948/

BioBusiness Summer School

Are you a PhD candidate, post-doctoral fellow, or master’s student in the field of Life Sciences and considering a career outside of academia? Join BioBusiness Summer School from 27 June to 1 July 2016 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In addition to learning about i.a. business development, product development, finance, and business models, you will also engage with business leaders and expand your network. Apply by 15 April 2016 and take advantage of the early bird fee! For more information about the programme and speakers, visit www.biobusinesssummerschool.nl.

TXT Call for papers: The authority of text

We all know that written words have power. It is less clear where this power comes from and how it can be exercised. Does a printed book have greater authority than a digital book? Does the increasing amount of text published online reinforce or change existing notions of authoritative texts? What have been the changes in “publishing power” throughout history?

These are some of the questions TXT would like to address in this year’s issue. TXT is the annual magazine published by the students of Book and Digital Media Studies at Leiden University. It is concerned with texts in all their different guises, how they have evolved through history, and how they affect our society. The relationship between text and authority can be approached from various perspectives ranging from political to cognitive to technical. We invite academics from all disciplines to contribute to this discussion.

Please send your abstract (200-300 words) to txtmagazine@outlook.com

Register now to meet the Board!

There is only one day left to send in your topics for the Meet the Board event we are organising together with JUL (Young University Leiden) and where

What do YOU want to discuss with the Board of Directors?

You will be able to meet with and speak to none other than Prof. Carel Stolker and Prof. Simone Buitendijk. on October 14th, from 16:30 to 18:30 in the Large Auditorium in the Academy Building (Rapenburg 73). There will be drinks afterwards at the Faculty Club, where as always the first drink is on us! (For those who attend the program.) We have a limited number of seats available, so if you would like to join, please send an e-mail to info@leoleiden.nl with “Registration Meet the Board” as a topic.

People who have sent in topics they wish to discuss take precedence (but still need to register!)

All the best,
LEO

LEO BBQ party

Let’s open the new academic year with a barbecue in the Plantsoen park.It will cost only 5 Euros and LEO will bring food, drinks and barbecues. Please register for the BBQ by sending an email to info@leoleiden.nl.
Please let us know if you are vegetarian or have special dietary needs/requests.
When: Sunday 20 September
Where: Plantsoen park, Leiden

BBQ