MYA debate on Recognition and Rewards implementations, on 14 January

Recognition and Rewards implementations are well under way. Nevertheless, some degree of criticism on tenets of the approach has been presented in various ways.

On 14 January 2022 at 16.00, the Maastricht Young Academy will host an online debate on Recognition and Rewards. Prof. Hanneke Hulst (Leiden University) and Prof. Floris de Lange (Radboud University) will help us dive into the relevant issues in the R&R revolution.

To attend, please register here.

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Free knitting masterclasses at FASoS, starting Wednesday 26 January

Do you want to learn to knit? Or do you want to master some new techniques?

No matter if you are a beginner or more advanced, you can attend the masterclasses that you are interested in. We will start with the basics, and move on to more advanced techniques.

The masterclasses will take place at FASoS/online every last Wednesday of the month, between 17.00 and 18.00 (But changes may occur if needed!).

Sign up here.

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Yf Reykers co-authors article for Carnegie Europe

The EU’s pursuit of a single European defence market necessitates stronger democratic oversight.

In this article for Carnegie Europe, Yf Reykers and Raluca Csernatoni suggest that members of the European Parliament and national legislative bodies should play a more proactive role as watchdog and engage in strategic foresight and planning.

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Mareike Smolka successful co-applicant of EASST Award for STIR seminars

Mareike Smolka is co-organiser of a monthly online seminar series on Socio-Technical Integration Research (STIR), which will be launched in January 2022.

The organisation team received the EASST Award 2021-21 (€1500) to support their activities.

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Lea Beiermann publishes blog on microscopy slide production

Lea Beiermann has published a blog post on Mosa Historia.

In her blog post, Lea explains how microscope slide makers started to share and preserve their slides during the mid-nineteenth century. Not only did they create beautiful slides, but their work should also be understood as an important practice that shaped how scientists understood their world.

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Submit your BA thesis for the Popular Music Thesis Prize

Did you write your BA thesis on a subject related to popular music? Then submit your thesis for the IASPM/VNPF Popular Music Thesis Prize before 31 December 2021!

Applications can be submitted to IASPM Benelux in PDF by sending an email to

The prize money is €100 for the BA Thesis Prize winner plus one year of free IASPM Benelux membership.

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Ferenc Laczó writes blog on migrant crisis at Polish-Belarusian border

Ferenc Laczó has published a blog post about the migrant crisis at the Polish-Belarusian border on the platform UK in a changing Europe.

You can read the blog post here.

Katleen Gabriels guest on Belgian talkshow

Katleen Gabriels was a guest on the Belgian talk show ‘De Afspraak‘ on Wednesday evening 15 December.

She was invited to talk about the ethical implications of self-driving cars, following Mercedes’ announcement that they are releasing a car with a Level 3 autonomous driving system in Germany.

Anique Hommels awarded NWO/JPI Urban Europe grant

Anique Hommels has, together with Marc Dijk (Maastricht Sustainability Institute), been awarded a research grant for the ‘Embedterlabs’ project by NWO/JPI Urban Europe.

The project is supported by a consortium consisting of universities, municipalities and urban stakeholders.

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Launch sustainability interview series: no more plans for drawers

The FASoS Sustainability Platform is interviewing students and staff at the faculty who are working on sustainability.

Sjoerd Stoffels started making more sustainable personal choices many years ago, but his efforts don’t end there. To him, engaging with sustainability at FASoS is a logical consequence of his motivation. Ever since he took on the lead in the FASoS Green Impact team in 2018, he has been putting work into change at FASoS.

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