Second Annual National Masterclass Research Support 2016

This year, the National Masterclass on Research Support was hosted at the EUR. It turned, once again, out to be an opportunity for effective knowledge exchange. With two invites per University and speakers from Cambridge, the DCC and even the European Commission (DG Research), several benchmarks were made. Reflection on the several discussions learned that the current state of affairs for Research Support in The Netherlands can be summarised in three key messages:

  • Co-operate (between researchers and research support staff, as well as between research support staff at the various departments within a university)
  • Embrace the differences (a paradigm shift, necessary for truly supporting research, which nature is quite different from supporting standardised administrative business processes)
  • Embrace innovation

Organising Committee

Marlon Domingus, Arnoud van der Maas, Ton Smeele, Carine Joosse, Gert Goris, Jocelyn Manderveld, Jan Bot, Judith Pijnacker, Mari Tinnemans and Paul van Dijk.
Venue at Erasmus University Rotterdam 

Picture: Arie Kers

The other pictures: Marlon Domingus 

Program Thursday September 22 2016

  • Chair: Matthijs van Otegem 
    M Building. Plenary Room: Santander M2.11 

    Welcome Coffee and Registration / Catering Area M2

    Opening & Welcome Address 
    Welcome speech Werner Brouwer, dean IBMG, vice rector research EUR

  • Axel Berg, CTO at SURFsara, program manager National Coordination Point Research Data Management

  • 10.20 
    Support4Research (S4R): Our roadmap and what we have contributed so far
    Jan Bot, SURFsara

    Applying national compute infrastructure, a researcher’s perspective.
    Dr. Jocelyne Vreede, Van ’t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, UvA

  • 11.00
    The Research Institute’s Perspective on Relevant Aspects of Research Support
    All institutions present share their experiences and views (7 minutes max each) based on a template provided by the organising committee.

  • 12.45
    Group Picture / Lunch / Catering Area M2

    Roundtable Session 1 / M2.06* / M2.07* / M2.08* / M2.09* / M3.06**
    7 tables (7-8 people each) work on the themes defined in the Perspectives sessions. The organising committee members are table chair. Each table defines practical next steps and deliverables to advance work on the defined relevant aspects of research support, again based on a template provided by the organising committee.

    Participants Choose their Table for Session 2 and Break

    Roundtable Session 2 / M2.06* / M2.07* / M2.08* / M2.09* / M3.06**

    Challenges for research support.
    Sarah Jones, University of Glasgow, Digital Curation Centre

  • 16.50
    Wrap-up and Conclusions of Day One of the Masterclass

    Drinks / Catering Area M2

    Hotel Novotel Rotterdam Brainpark

    Restaurant Zenne [Drinks 19:30-20:15 / Dinner starts 20:15]

Friday September 23 2016

  • Chair: Matthijs van Otegem 
    M Building. Plenary Room: Santander M2.11 

    Coffee / Catering Area M2

    SURFportfolio & development of services
    Jan Bot [Support4Research] and Paul van Dijk [Support4Research]

    Jocelyn Manderveld [Support4Research]

    • Reflection on the seven minutes sessions - what is the agenda for the next year - reflecting on next steps and solutions at each table
    • Prioritising products / services
    • How can SURF facilitate the agenda for the next year?

  • Working Groups
    Emphasise the urgency and create 4-5 working groups, taking the next steps and creating the defined products and services, starting immediately after the Masterclass. Groups meet several times a year, facilitated by SURF.

    Examples of possible products:

    • PIAs and registry data
    • Decision tree research process
    • National catalog for Research Support tooling ...

    Ron Dekker, seconded national expert at EC/DG RTD

  • 11.30
    Is democracy the right system? Building an engaged RDM community.
    Marta Teperek, University of Cambridge

    Wrap-up and Conclusions

    Lunch / Catering Area M2