Recognition & Rewards Festival 2022

The second edition of the Recognition & Rewards Festival will take place on February 4th, 2022. We would like to invite everyone who is interested in the Recognition & Rewards Programme. We will discuss the opportunities, challenges and dilemmas of culture and system change with you. Additionally, we offer you several workshops focusing on specific elements of recognising and rewarding academics differently.

The festival will kick off with a plenary session in which we share insights, experiences, and examples from the past year. The festival will then continue with a focus on the subject of ‘teams’. During this session we will discuss results of a one-year research project that focused on team functioning and recognition of teams and individuals, in the context of the University of Twente. After this plenary session we will split up into groups in which participants can discuss these subjects in more depth.

Later in the programme attention will turn to several dilemmas and good practices. We will discuss these dilemmas and good practices in subgroups. The festival will end with another plenary session, in which we evaluate the input provided and reflect on the discussions of the day.

The Recognition & Rewards Festival is an online event, the language used at the Recognition & Rewards Festival will be English and admission will be free.

The festival is organised by the Recognition & Rewards Programme, a partnership between the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (NFU), the Dutch Denominational Universities (NLU), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Universities of The Netherlands (UNL) and the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw).

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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.