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Publicising research

Research output is not only relevant to academia. It is also important to inform the public of the discoveries that our researchers make.

How can you ensure that your research hits the headlines? How can you bring your research output, such as PhD research or a publication, to the attention of the public? Contact the University scientific communication adviser for more information.

Different channels

University news reaches the media through different channels: news articles on the University website, social media, the weekly newsletter and press releases. The scientific communication adviser will issue press releases as and when required.

PhD defence

If you are going to defend your PhD thesis and request a date for your defence ceremony, you will be asked to send a brief lay summary of your research via an online form. This summary will appear in the agenda and Research Output sections of the University website. Your summary will help the news team determine whether and how to focus attention on your PhD.

Inaugural lecture

The news team issues a press release before all inaugural lectures, making sure they contact the professor well in advance. This press release notifies journalists and the public of the inaugural lecture and tells the world about new expertise that the University now has in house.

Spotlight on a publication

If you have published a book or an article in an academic journal, inform the scientific communication adviser or your faculty’s communication department as soon as possible (after your work has been accepted) to discuss how to bring your publication to the attention of the public.

NWO or EU grant

If you have been awarded an NWO or EU grant, inform the scientific communication adviser or your faculty’s communication department as soon as possible to discuss how to bring this to the attention of the public.

Can journalists find you?

Make sure that your profile page is complete so that journalists who are looking for an expert to comment on current affairs can find you. This means using the right keywords in Dutch and English, to ensure you are found through the website and Google. You can also link related pages, such as news articles, agenda items, research projects, programme pages and dossiers.

Research dossiers

We use research dossiers to draw attention to areas of research in which the University has a longstanding tradition and which tie in with current affairs. The deans of the faculties decide on the subjects of these dossiers.