Role of research communities at Life2021

The research communities will play a prominent role in the upcoming Life2021 congress. The chairs of the research communities are working together with the Life2021 programme committee to prepare interactive sessions to discuss important topics such as effects of the pandemic on research projects and research infrastructure. The research communities are aimed at group leaders and senior researchers, which are cordially invited to join the discussions. The sessions will be interactive where we are looking for input from the field on the topics discussed.

When registering for NWO Life2021 you can indicate whether you want to join the discussion of the research community from the track you are most interested in. The sessions will be held on Thursday 27 May, 13.00-13.50hrs.

Membership research communities

Do you, as a researcher, want to provide input about important themes in life sciences research? As a member of a research community you help to chart the current research field and provide input about the development of the life sciences. Furthermore, membership gives you the opportunity to expand your network and come into contact with life scientists from other disciplines.
You can register for membership of one or two research communities that are relevant to your area of expertise here.

Sector portrait Biology

On 17 December 2020, the sector portraits for Earth and Environmental Sciences, Astronomy, Biology and Pharmaceutical Sciences were presented to the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The four sector portraits demonstrate the need to invest in the basis of these sectors so that they can continue to remain at the forefront of knowledge and the Netherlands can significantly contribute to the major societal and scientific challenges.

Life Sciences in the Netherlands, the next step

The online “Life Sciences in the Netherlands, the next step” event on 13 November 2020 was organised for members of the NWO life science research communities to present the sector portrait and discuss its impact on the life science field. The meeting started with a plenary session that addressed the sector portraits as well as international collaboration at the European level. The meeting continued with break-outs for the different research communities. Despite some technical difficulties with transitioning to the break-outs there was ample room for fruitful discussions. The discussions yielded insightful suggestions on how to continue building the research communities and we will continue our efforts in this regard in 2021.

A video summary of the plenary part of the program: