Staff updates

Valentina Mazzucato appointed member of KHMW

Prof. Valentina Mazzucato has been appointed member of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (KHMW; Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities).

The KHMW is a unique society that aims to bridge the gap between science and society. It is composed of 400 societal leaders and 550 professors with an impressive track record.

You can find a list of other appointed members and directors here.

Afke Groen leaves FASoS

Afke Groen will be leaving FASoS and Maastricht University by the end of February.

As of March, she will be working at the national office of the Dutch liberal-democratic party D66, where she will be a researcher for the party’s political foundation, the Mr. Hans van Mierlo Stichting.

She would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to her FASoS students: “it has been a great joy to have been your tutor, supervisor or mentor”.

Eslam Nofal interviewed by The Maastricht Yearbook

The Maastricht Yearbook (Dutch: Jaarboek Maastricht) is published annually for the past sixty years as a chronicle of the city and its residents. Each edition has a different theme in which special stories are featured.

Eslam Nofal was interviewed for the 2019 edition of the book about his first impressions of Maastricht as a new resident of the city, linked to his background of living in Egypt and in several European cities.

Hylke Dijkstra contributes to European Security and Defence College

Hylke Dijkstra has provided training for the 15th European Security and Defence College (ESDC) High-Level Course in Berlin on 20 January.

He briefed approximately 70 senior military officers, diplomats and EU officials on civilian capacities for EU security missions and chaired a roundtable on the new EU Civilian Compact to improve such capabilities.


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FASoS a partner in successful WUN grant on health humanities

Anna Harris was a partner of a successful WUN (Worldwide Universities Network) grant recently, led by the PI Professor Sandra Carr from The University of Western Australia.

The topic of the grant is the health humanities, and how to develop patient-centred and compassionate care through education. Other partners are from University of Alberta, Sydney University, Durham University and University of Cape Town.

Patrick Bijsmans awarded UM diversity and inclusivity research funding

Patrick Bijsmans (FASoS) and Carla Haelermans (SBE) have been awarded UM funding for a Diversity & Inclusivity research project on the international classroom and global citizenship education.

The project builds on earlier research that Patrick has been conducting with Arjan Schakel (now University of Bergen) and BA ES alumni Asena Baykal and Sven Hegewald. The new project will look at BA programmes at several UM faculties.
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Maarten Vink collaborates with National Geographic

Maarten Vink collaborated with National Geographic and published a 1-page data visualisation on the global variety in citizenship laws, drawing on data from the Global Citizenship Observatory (GLOBALCIT), a web platform that provides user-friendly open access to a major worldwide collection of data and analyses on citizenship laws and franchise.

National Geographic magazine reaches 49 million print and digital readers in 33 languages worldwide.

Workshop Anna Harris, Sally Wyatt and Shanti Sumartojo filmed

On 22 October, Assistant Professor Anna Harris, Professor Sally Wyatt and Assistant Professor at Monash University Shanti Sumartojo organised a workshop called ‘designing atmospheres of learning’. In the ethnographic workshop, staff members gathered to discuss the meaning of spaces and also designed new spaces in FASoS classrooms.

The workshop was filmed by the UM Video Team. You can watch the end result here.

New FASoS Teaching & Learning Blog on course evaluations

The pros and cons of course evaluations are a continuous issue of debate, here at FASoS, but also elsewhere in academia. Building on a previous FASoS T&L Blog post about biases in teaching evaluations, Matthijs Krooi addresses strengths and limitations of the standard approach to such evaluations in a new blog post.

Join the debate in the comments or contribute your own blog entry.


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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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