Recognition & Rewards festival

On January 22nd from 10.00 A.M. to 4.00 P.M., the Recognition & Rewards Festival will take place. All participants of the Dutch Recognition & Rewards programme will come together, along with other interested parties. During the festival we take a deep dive into culture change. We discuss the current status of the programme a year after launching our position paper: Room for Everyone’s talent. Furthermore, in the various workshops we focus on specific elements of the programme. 

Rianne Letschert and Jeroen Geurts open the day. They will elaborate on the programme in an interview setting. After this kick-off, we continue with a focus on culture change. What is change, what is needed to make change happen and how can we deal with change?  

Together with young academics, we talk about the Recognition & Rewards programme with an emphasis on the further development, (good) practices and future perspective. 

In the afternoon we continue the festival with various workshops. In two rounds attendees get the opportunity to attend different workshops on specific elements of the programme. 

After the workshops, we jointly end the day with an international perspective and a review of the festival. 

The Recognition & Rewards Festival will be an online event and the spoken language is English. For your participation in the festival we ask a contribution of € 18, -, to cover the costs of the software we use during the festival. 

The festival is organised by the Recognition & Rewards programme, a cooperation of  KNAW, NFU, NLU, NWO, VSNU and ZonMw. 

You can register for the Festival on the Recognition & Rewards Festival page.

Webinars – Recognition & Rewards

The Dutch Recognition & Rewards network, the Comenius network and Ruth Graham held a series of webinars regarding recognition and rewards of university teaching.

The first webinar took place on Monday 23 November 9:30-11:00 am. In this webinar Jeroen Geurts, President of the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) and board member of the Dutch Research Council (NWO) welcomed the attendees. The webinar was moderated by Ruth Graham.

In the webinar, we discussed the challenges and opportunities of reforming institutional reward systems, from a range of different perspectives. Our invited speakers provided us with insights regarding implemented changes in their organizations, the opportunities and challenges they faced during the change process and their current or upcoming activities to enhance the process.  

When we had gained new insights from these speakers, the webinar provided room for questions and discussion among all participants.


  • Joe Chicharo (University of Wollongong, Australia)
  • Manon Kluijtmans (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
  • Sam Smidt (UCL, UK)

The second webinar took place on Friday 27 November 9:30-11:00 am (Central European Time). In this webinar Pieter Duisenberg, president of the Dutch Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) welcomed the attendees. Ruth Graham was again the moderator.

Again three speakers shared their insights in the change process in their organizations. The talks were designed to introduce the challenges and opportunities of driving a national/collective reform to the ways in which university teaching is rewarded and recognized, from a range of different perspectives, before opening up the meeting to discussion among all participants.


  • Rianne Letschert (Maastricht University, Netherlands)
  • Dato’ Mohd Saleh Jaafar (Malaysian Ministry for Higher Education)
  • Inger Askehave (Aalborg University, Denmark)

A summary and the video recordings can be found here.