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Election debate on 'our' themes May 14th

Wednesday, 30 April 2014
Students and academics like to make a rational choice in the polling booth. To help them in the forthcoming European vote, a group of Dutch organisations in their sector are organising a special election debate on their themes of interest.

These organisations in the sector are the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the 3TU.Federation and the Montesquieu Institute.


The core theme of the event is “The 2020 Horizon: Dutch academia’s contribution to prosperity and well-being in Europe.”

How do Dutch universities and scientific organisations influence European decision-making? What opportunities and challenges to they encounter? And how do European regulations affect the academic world?

All the main political parties have been invited to take part in the debate at Delft University of Technology on Wednesday 14 May, between 16:45 and 19:30. It is to be held in the university’s Aula, a prestigious venue with an auditorium seating about a thousand people. The audience will be a cross-section of the academic community: students, researchers, lecturers and representatives of the five organising bodies.


The debate is being divided into three rounds, focusing upon different aspects of our domain. Each begins with a brief introduction by a leading academic, followed by a panel discussion with a national politician and a candidate for the European Parliament. The event will be streamed live on the Internet, including to audiences gathered on the University of Twente and Eindhoven University of Technology campuses. The parties approached to take part are the VVD, the CDA, the PvdA, GroenLinks and the SP.


The schedule below is still provisional.

17.00 – 17.10 uur – Welcoming remarks and introduction of the debate moderator by the President of the Executive Board of Delft University of Technology, Dirk Jan van den Berg

Round 1: The European knowledge economy

17:10 – 17:20            Introduction to European education policy by an academic

17:20 - 17:40             Responses by and debate with

                                      1) a national politician, and

                                      2) a candidate for the European Parliament

Round 2: Green economic growth

17:40 – 17:50            Introduction to sustainable energy policy by an academic

17:50 – 18:10            Responses by and debate with

                                      1) a national politician, and

                                      2) a candidate for the European Parliament

Round 3: Towards an Innovation Union

18:10 – 18:20            Introduction to research and innovation by Prof. Leo Kouwenhoven, Delft University of Technology

18:20 – 18:40            Responses by and debate with

                                      1) a national politician, and

                                      1) a candidate for the European Parliament


18:40 – 18:50            Closing remarks by a representative of the organising bodies

18:50 – 19:30            Drinks