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Netherlands-based Earth Observation scientists have jointly presented a strategic plan for the period 2020-2025. The goal of this document is to strengthen and consolidate the position and coherence of Earth Observation research in The Netherlands.

The document informs both the scientific community and third parties about the state of Earth observation (EO) research in The Netherlands and issues of common interest. It identifies opportunities to strengthen EO research in the context of all sub-disciplines of Earth science, including atmosphere, land surface, solid earth, ice and oceans. The seven key elements of the strategy are: 1. Excellent science, 2. Collaboration within EO research, 3. Optimal exploitation of national resources, 4. Connection to societal challenges, 5. Cultivation of EO infrastructure, 6. Connection to national and international research programs and networks, and 7. Education. The document presents recommendations to governmental organizations and to the scientific community for each of these key elements. 



Researchers’ behavior and their academic practices are coming under increasing scrutiny from the media, the public and political spheres. It is more important than ever that academics understand how and where issues of integrity arise, and what kinds of practices are coming under scrutiny. The UT has adopted the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity and is working to implement this code of conduct for all staff and students, using the metaphor of a house of integrity to help structure and organize the various integrity-related policies, regulations, and practices.Faculty ITC brought this topic of academic integrity to the attention of all staff and students through a seminar on 4 March 2020.

Our Rector Magnificus Prof. T.T.M. Palstra, opened the seminar and emphasized the importance of academic integrity and the role of the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity.

There were two keynote speakers who discussed how to conceive many modern integrity issues as a matter of the good functioning of scientific systems and how to look at ethical integrity from a spatial perspective:

Miles Macleod; Philosopher of Science The Integrity of Scientific Processes

 Yola Georgiadou: Professor Geo-Information and Governance Space for Ethics

After the keynote speakers, there were some speakers dealing with more practical Information about integrity:
Professor Alfred Stein: Member Committee Scientific Integrity

Annemarie Arets: Confidential Advisor

Han Warmelink: Ombuds Officer.  

The seminar ended with drinks where a lively discussion continued.

A link to the lifestream of the video can be found here

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