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Academia in Motion Festival

Thursday 2 November 2023
Langegracht 70
2312NV Leiden

Activating Open Science and Recognition & Rewards at Leiden University

We're excited to invite you to the first Academia in Motion Festival!

If you would like Leiden University to be a more open workplace that recognizes and rewards all contributions — and an institution that creates and shares knowledge more freely with society — then please join us on 2 November. Together we're making this vision a reality.

Join us and be inspired!

All colleagues from Leiden University and LUMC are welcome. Deadline to register: Monday 23 October.


At the Festival, you will take part in lively discussions, attend interactive workshops and meet experts who are already working to advance the themes of Open Science, Recogition & Rewards and Leadership across our community. 

This is also your opportunity to shape our Academia in Motion programme. Share your perspectives and experiences. Offer suggestions for ways to better value the work that we do, work more openly, and stimulate a broad range of talents. We're listening.

This event has been inspired by similar events taking place at a national level, especially the Open Science Festival and the Recognition & Rewards Festival.


Welcome & Registration
Plenary Opening Session
Interactive Workshops (Round #1)
Lunch & Community Market
Interactive Workshops (Round #2)
Plenary Closing Session
Networking Social

Interactive Workshops

Early Career Academics must be involved in the R&R debate, especially when it comes to implementation, since they will be impacted for the rest of their careers. In this interactive debate, we tackle the dilemmas faced by this group.

A recent article by the Dean of the Faculty of Law at Maastricht University advocated for calling everyone who has obtained a PhD a professor. Shortly thereafter, De Jonge Akademie called for the “Everyone Professor" year. Is this primarily a thought experiment to stimulate discussion, or is it a feasible and desirable proposal?

What are the incentives to practice Open Science, and what needs to change so that staff are recognised and rewarded for adopting Open Science practices in their work?

Which leadership skills contribute to a healthy, psychologically safe, non-toxic academic culture? How should we recognize and reward these skills, and how do we get buy-in from current leaders?

We all agree that teaching is essential to our university. Yet, teachers don't always feel appreciated for the work that they do. In this round-table discussion, we'll debate how to change this for the better.

Universities are increasingly working on addressing large societal challenges. Addressing these challenges is complex. It requires team science, collaboration across disciplines, the involvement of stakeholders, and the use of innovative and open methods to analyze and share data and outcomes with citizens. Naturally, this also means that different roles have emerged and that the tasks of scientific staff (WP) and support staff (OBP) can no longer be seen as distinct from one another.

What does this changing role of the university in society mean for how we work together as a team? Does it, for example, mean that we should start working together as University Personnel (UP), rather than referring to WP and OBP as two separate categories?

Academia in Motion implies innovation and culture change. This takes guts, gusto, a willingness to experiment, and a tolerance for failure. Let's work together to identify how we can build a fearless and inclusive culture at Leiden University.

What is Leiden University’s societal purpose? Did fundamental research become a dirty word? Will engaging lay people affect the quality of my work? What are inspiring examples of being societally responsible at our university?

This interactive theater performance looks at how science communication can become a full-fledged part of academic work. Together with the actors, we'll work on concrete suggestions for taking action.

Who’s organising this event?

The Festival is part of the Academia in Motion (AiM) programme. This university-wide initiative represents the transition to an open university community:

  • Where quality is valued over quantity.
  • Where we recognize and reward all contributions to academia.
  • Which is characterized by collaboration, integrity, inclusiveness, and leadership.

To fully realize this vision, we need your ideas and support. This is a cultural transition and we’re building it together so please join us at the AiM Festival in November! Questions? Drop us a line: academiainmotion@bb.leidenuniv.nl.

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