Launch podcast Terra Mosana

Will we still be speaking Limburgish or English in 500 years’ time? What does our future language sound like? How come so many different dialects and languages ​​can be found in the Euregio just a few kilometres away? Is it true that German dialects are disappearing? Do Walloons still come home in their own language like their Flemish neighbours?

In a three-part podcast, two young people from Dutch Limburg are looking for answers to these questions in their homeland: the Euregio.


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Reminder: check your laptop for log4j vulnerability

Last December, the news was filled with articles about the so-called log4j vulnerability; a software bug that allows hackers to break into computers. See for example this article in NRC Handelsblad.

Our colleagues at ICTS and our Information Manager Sven Assink have done a lot of work to mitigate all possible effects of the log4j vulnerability and they have checked most UM laptops for issues. However, they have been unable to check non-Athena Desktop laptops for log4j vulnerabilities.


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EuroSim 2022: once again a success!

A team of 4 FASoS students, prepared by Jelena Stankovic, PhD candidate and EuroSim coordinator at FASoS, and assisted by Chiara Russo, teaching assistant, participated in Eurosim 2022 from 3-5 January.

Just like last years, the team brought home an award!

The faculty congratulates Rebecca Lizier, second-year BA European Studies student on the best delegate award for her alter-ego role as Deidre Clune (EP member from Ireland).


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SG online lecture: Consciousness and the Brain, on 17 January

This lecture, given by Prof. Cyriel Pennartz, will revolve around one of the greatest scientific challenges of the 21st century: the connection between brain and mind.

Pennartz will argue how the brain may create our impressions of reality, and why it has come to do so, reasoning from the evolution of life on earth.

When: Monday 17 January, 20.00
Where: Online via zoom, register here
Speaker: Prof. Cyriel Pennartz, Professor in Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience, UvA

MUSTS colloquium on collaborative funding & CAST posters, on 19 January

MUSTS is organising a colloquium on ‘collaborative funding and projects beyond FASoS’, which will be followed by the annual CAST poster session.

When: Wednesday 19 January, 15.30 – 17.00
Where: Zoom, click here
Speakers: Merle Achten, Susan Schreibman, Harro van Lente, Darian Mecham


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CPD workshop teaching-research integration, on 26 January

Register now for the FASoS Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshop on 26 January 2022 from 11.00 – 12.30, hosted by Patrick Bijsmans and Sally Wyatt.

In this workshop on teaching-research integration you will explore alternative ways in which research can benefit from your teaching, going beyond the model of teaching your own research.

The registration link comes with a short survey that will serve as input for our discussions.


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Library presents e-books collection on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The University Library is proud to share its new collection on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) of IGI Global.

The collection includes titles from 2006 through 2022, most of which are published in 2021 or are set to release soon. 40% of the works from this publisher is from scholars from non-Western countries.

View the title list (incorporating future titles and a handy excel overview) here or search for individual titles with LibSearch.
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MERIAN launches new website

The Maastricht Experimental Research in and through the Arts Network (MERIAN) has launched her new website.

MERIAN is an environment in which selected PhD candidates from all artistic and academic disciplines can pursue Maastricht-style artistic research.

They engage in innovative styles of research, utilising the powers and fragilities of artistic and scientific practices.


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ZEIT Foundation call for Beyond Borders PhD fellowships

The ZEIT Foundation opened a BEYOND BORDERS call for scholarships for different stages of PhD research.

It supports international junior researchers in the social sciences and humanities whose research addresses questions surrounding borders and boundaries in past and present times. It promotes interdisciplinary exchange in the social sciences and humanities. The 2022 focus is Borders, Migration and Knowledge.

The deadline is 1 March 2022.
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FASoS Strategic Plan: What have we done and what do we plan to do? Some highlights

In the field of HR, we:

  • Started with the introduction of “Recognition and Rewards” within FASoS;
  • Adopted a new Strategic Personnel Plan and updated the Career Policy in which we further phased in the career principle;
  • Took action with regards to creating more flexibility for teaching staff with caring responsibilities.

In the field of Education, we:

  • Introduced the position of “D4” coordinator to support the work of our teaching fellows;
  • Reduced workload, e.g. by streamlining the Education Plan process, hiring additional teaching capacity, offering extra support for graders, raising the rate for hours per student in the BAs, hiring an additional Educational Coordinator, and the structural transformation of one D4 position into an UD position (as of September 2022);
  • Set up the taskforce Technology-Enhanced Learning (including both academic and support staff) to support the use of digital technologies in education.

In the field of Research, we:

  • Produced an extended report about the range of activities conducted by the FASoS Research Institute (consisting of four research programmes and five research centres);
  • Increased awareness and action about our obligations and commitments to open research, including research data management, open access publishing and the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation);
  • Added online writing & coffee sessions to the usual Graduate School training programme, to help combat the isolation of PhD candidates. PhD candidates themselves organised a successful (on-campus) biannual conference of the Graduate School in September 2021.

We have also:

  • Made investments into FASoS’s digital infrastructure with the introduction of the new Prowise SmartScreens;
  • Installed LED lighting in all FASoS buildings;
  • Attracted a legal GDPR specialist for a day a week (in collaboration with the other inner city faculties).

During 2022, we would like to further implement our plans for the faculty.

In the field of HR, we will:

  • Get a head start when it comes to implementing Recognition and Rewards at FASoS;
  • Work on (further) creating a sustainable work environment by looking into how we can make the academic year ‘smarter’/shorter;
  • (Further) enable staff to conduct their care duties in line with the UM Cares project.

In the field of Education, we will:

  • Finalise and fine-tune the introduction and embedding of “preparation weeks”;
  • Prepare the core strategic document ‘FASoS: Educational Vision and Portfolio’ which guides education at FASoS;
  • Develop interdisciplinary electives offered across educational programmes.

In the field of Research, we will:

  • Work on the development of a Digital Studies Lab to support research and teaching across FASoS. The Lab is envisioned as a space for creative experiment in the production and representation of knowledge;
  • Begin preparations for the evaluation of our Research Institute, planned for 2023;
  • Continue to promote the visibility of our research and related activities for academic and other audiences, for example, via the Valorisation Prize, new communication activities supported by our KNAW award for Science Communication, and continued attention to our website.

We will also:

  • Start the “garden project”;
  • Upgrade our coffee room in GG 90-92;
  • Start thinking about how to implement “Future of working @UM” in relation to FASoS housing;
  • Start designing a Strategic Personnel Plan for support staff.

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