The minister was presented with the recently published road map ‘Room for everyone’s talent in practice’.
During the Recognition & Rewards Festival on Thursday, 13 April, more than 250 participants actively engaged with each other on the different elements of the Recognition & Rewards programme. Robbert Dijkgraaf, Minister of Education, Culture and Science, also participated in a workshop and engaged in a dialogue with scientists. During the festival, he was also handed the recently published road map ‘Room for everyone’s talent in practice’ by the national Recognition & Rewards steering group.
The theme of this year’s festival was ‘Rethinking Assessment’. In this broad movement on a different way of recognising and rewarding in academia, questions arise on ‘how’ to do this carefully. During the roundtable discussions and in more than 20 workshops, this was discussed in more detail. For instance, participants were able to attend a workshop on team assessment: ‘From individual to collective Recognition and Rewards’. There were also several workshops focused on recognising and rewarding educational efforts. Minister Dijkgraaf participated in a session with ‘early career academics’ on the dilemmas they experience in implementing Recognition & Rewards. An interactive panel deepened the dilemmas and actively sought possible solutions.
Road map ‘Room for everyone’s talent in practice’
The minister was presented with the recently published road map ‘Room for everyone’s talent in practice’ during the festival. With this roadmap, Dutch knowledge institutions and research funders are taking a new step forward in the Recognition & Rewards programme. The road map contains concrete plans for the immediate future, including new career and development paths for academics.
In 2019, Dutch knowledge institutions and research funders set out to broaden recognition of academic work and presented a position paper entitled ‘Room for everyone’s talent’. Since then, progress has been made at both national and institutional level. The time has now come to permanently embed Recognition & Rewards in practice, based on a number of priorities from the road map. In the years ahead, career and development paths with profiles or areas of focus within research, education, impact, leadership or patient care will be introduced. When appointing and promoting academic staff, more use will be made of evidence-based CVs and assessment portfolios when seeking to arrive at a qualitative assessment. Open Science, Open Education and Team Science will become part of, assessment, appointment and promotion as well.