FASoS News

Common Room GG76s refurbished: join the launch on 22 January

The FASoS Faculty Board made some budget available to refurbish the Common Room in GG76s. After hard work of the Student Reps the Common Room is now a nice place for FASoS students and staff to come together. The Common Room is shared with SBE.

To celebrate FASoS’ 25th birthday this year, we would like to have a festive launch of the new Common Room. Have some (free) cake with us on Tuesday 22 January at 13.00 and explore the new Common Room!

Giselle Bosse awarded NWO grant for Refugee Scientist Fellowship

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) ‘Refugees in Science’ pilot contributes to making Dutch science and the academic labour market accessible to refugee scientists. This grant (€60.000) finances the appointment of Mr Erman Atak to Dr Bosse’s ongoing NWO project. During his one-year fellowship at FASoS, Mr Atak’s research will focus on the influence of lobby groups on EU military operation ‘Sophia’ against migrant smugglers.

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Arjan Schakel wins large BFS Starting Grant

The Bergen Science Foundation has awarded Arjan Schakel a highly competitive Starting Grant of 20 million Norwegian Krones (more than 2 million euros) for his project ‘Strengthening Regional Democracy – Contributing to Good Democratic Governance’. The grant will enable Arjan to set up a Centre on Regional Democratic Governance and to establish a team of two postdocs, one PhD, and one research assistant at the University of Bergen in Norway.

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FASoS Green Impact team ahead of most others

The Green Impact Challenge is in full steam and the FASoS team ‘Soylent Green’ is currently scoring second place. Soylent Green has beaten the team of the Executive Board, UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University Office and five other competing teams. The first place currently belongs to the Student Services Centre.

While change towards sustainability is much more sophisticated than scoring points, still – congratulations!

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The Maastricht Young Academy is looking for a new FASoS member

As from 2019 onwards, the Maastricht Young Academy is looking for a new member from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. If you are an enthusiastic young researcher and interested to join eleven other young researchers from all UM-faculties, please apply before 15 December via the application form. More details can also be found there.

Nationwide demonstration WOinAction in the Hague, on 14 December

Since the Minister of Education has not honored the demands of WOinAction to abolish the cut-backs on university education and research, we call all staff and students to attend the protest demonstration on Friday 14 December at 13.00; start at the Koekamp in the Hague. This action is supported by an increasing number of university boards, also of UM.

Wear a read square, come to The Hague, and support the interests of higher education and research!

FASoS ‘Valorisatie’ Prize 2018 awarded

The jury of the FASoS ‘Valorisatie’ prize, consisting of Marjolein van Asselt, Vivian van Saaze, Kiran Klaus Patel (chair) and Klaartje Peters, decided to award the FASoS ‘Valorisatie’ Prize 2018 to Floris Peters, Maarten Vink and Hans Schmeets for their research and strategic interventions regarding the proposed bill by the Dutch government to increase the residence requirement for naturalisation in the Netherlands.

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In memoriam: Leo Primozic

Last Saturday, our former colleague Leo Primozic passed away at the age of 66. Leo was the FASoS HR advisor between 2001 and 2008. He successively worked at Maastricht University for FHML, Facility Services and the Maastricht University Office (MUO).

Leo retired in 2017. Due to several unexpected health problems, he was unfortunately not able to enjoy his retirement for very long. Our thoughts are with Leo’s family.

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In Memoriam: Ingrid Regout

Early this week, we received the sad news that our former colleague Ingrid Regout passed away in the night of 28 October. Ingrid joined the faculty in 2003 as master admissions officer and she retired from FASoS in December 2012.

The funeral service will take place this Saturday, 3 November, 11.00 at the church of Sint-Pieter op de Berg (Ursulinenweg, Maastricht).

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Open application call for Programme Director of MA Arts & Heritage

Are you able to give academic leadership to a group of highly-motivated teaching staff and give further shape to content and organisation of the Masters programme Arts & Heritage? If so, consider applying for the position of Programme Director of this programme. The focus of the programme is the interdisciplinary study of cultural practices, and of the different ways arts and heritage are available and functioning in society.

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