Staff’s Edition

Call for participation retirement focus group interview

We are looking for UM academics that are transitioning into retirement or have recently retired to participate in a focus group interview on their experiences. This project is financed by a Diversity & Inclusivity grant of UM and hopes to contribute to UM retirement policy.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Ilya Malafei.


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Ilias Alami publishes book on financial capital in emerging markets

lias Alami, postdoctoral researcher at the department of Technology & Society Studies, has published his book ‘Money Power and Financial Capital in Emerging Markets: Facing the Liquidity Tsunami’ with Routledge. The book is set to be in stores by mid-December.

You can pre-order the book here.


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Digital Society Conference, on Tuesday 26 November

After last year’s success, the fourteen Dutch universities, united in the Association of Universities in the Netherlands, are thrilled to announce the return of the Digital Society Conference.

On Tuesday 26 November 2019 at the Mediaplaza in Utrecht, the Digital Society Conference will focus on Digital Participation.

You can register for the conference here.


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Apply for the Synergy award 2020

The Synergy Award 2020 is awarded to a PhD candidate who has the most exciting idea towards impact on society. A selection of candidates will get the opportunity to improve their idea and ‘pitch’ in interactive sessions during the conference on 6 February.

The winner of the Award will receive €2500 to be used for realisation of the idea.

To apply, download the form and send it to synergy2020@nwo.nl before Friday 6 December, 14.00.


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CPD feedback workshop hosted by John Harbord, on Wednesday 27 November

The next FASoS CPD activity will be a feedback workshop, hosted by John Harbord. This workshop is also open to other colleagues interested in exploring the aims and techniques of formative feedback.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday 27 November 2019, from 15.00 – 17.00 in GG76 0.07 and is worth 2 CPD hours.

There are 20 places available. Please sign up here.


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Library XXL opening hours

Due to exam period 2 the University Library offers XXL opening hours.

Inner City Library
Extended opening hours from Saturday 30 November until Thursday 19 December: 08.00 – 24.00

Randwyck Library

  • Saturday 30 November & Sunday 1 December: 08.30 – 18.00
  • Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 December: 08.30 – 18.00
  • Friday 13 December: 08.30 – 22.00
  • Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 December: 08.30 – 18.00


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Katleen Gabriels appeared on 1Limburg

On Friday 15 November, Katleen Gabriels was invited for a talk at 1Limburg. In the studio, she talked about the new BA Digital Society and the importance for the programme for today’s society.

You can watch the interview here.

MUSTS Colloquium ‘Union Académique Internationale’, on 27 November

MUSTS Colloquium “The ‘Union Académique Internationale’: a laboratory of scientific diplomacy during the interwar period” by Kenneth Bertrams, Université libre de Bruxelles/Maastricht University.

When: Wednesday 27 November, 15.30 – 17.00
Where: Attic, GG80-82


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FASoS dean Sophie Vanhoonacker interviewed by 1Limburg

FASoS dean Sophie Vanhoonacker was interviewed by the Dutch regional news website 1Limburg on the new BA Digital Society.

In the interview, she explains that the students of the BA Digital Society will bridge the gap between technology and society. “There is a huge shortage of people with knowledge on this”, Prof. Vanhoonacker claims.

You can read the interview here.

Katleen Gabriels interviewed by Trouw

On Sunday 17 November, an interview with Katleen Grabiels appeared in Dutch newspaper Trouw.

In the interview, she reflects on her latest book ‘Regels voor robots’ in which she pleas to create ethical norms and rules for robots and AI systems, but also for engineers and other developers.

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