Professors, lecturers and support staff at universities in the Netherlands on average work 12 to 15 hours more per week than their contract prescribes, without being paid for it, according to a report trade unions FNV and AOb and university action group WO in Actie presented to the Inspectorate for Social Affairs and Employment on Monday. The forced, unpaid overtime can compromise the top position of Dutch universities, WO in Actie said to newspaper AD.
Over the past six years, universities in the Netherlands left at least 2 million euros in subsidies intended to promote promising female scientists untouched. A fifth of women eligible for grants through these subsidies did not get them, even though they applied for them, the Volkskrant reports based on its own research.
Ninety Dutch professors called on the new government to invest 200 billion euros into sustainability in the coming decades, in an open letter published in Trouw on Monday. With this money the Netherlands can build new, smart infrastructure for green energy, sustainable water supply and climate-conscious mobility, according to the professors.
Louise Gunning will not receive severance pay now that she has resigned as the chairman of the University of Amsterdam's Executive Board, a spokesperson for the supervisory board announced.
VU Medical Center Amsterdam (VUmc) is organizing a premiere of the Academy Award Winning movie "Still Alice" for the contributors of VUmc's Alzheimer center and other interested parties.
The PVV party's Gelderland leader Marjolein Faber is not resigning despite increasing pressure. Though a strict defender of political integrity, hiring her son's company to work on the party's website flouted Dutch rules meant to combat patronage assignments and pay-to-play politics.
According to an investigation conducted in cooperation with Omroep Brabant, the province of Brabant earned €4.7 billion from energy company Essent in the last 14 years.
The first Dutch astronaut, Wubbo Ockels, died this morning at the age of 68. He had been suffering from renal cell cancer.
Dutch professor Richard Tol took his leave from the UN climate panel, as he does not agree with the negative conclusions in the latest UN climate report. The consequences of climate change are over-estimated in his opinion.