HigherEd in the anderhalvemetersamenleving era

On Wednesday the Dutch government announced a further softening of the corona-prevention measures. From secondary schools to cinemas, gym centers, cannabis cafes, and sex clubs, there is not a more or less clear roadmap for their calendar towards reopening and trying to recover part of their pre-corona activities. This said of course most the safety… Continue reading HigherEd in the anderhalvemetersamenleving era

Rebecca’s induction day: Some thoughts on the academic research funding model I

Let me introduce you to Rebecca (not a real name). She is an engineer, more precisely a vehicle engineer: someone, an expert, who has been trained to develop and build cars. Today is a very exciting day for Rebecca. After a long search and many disappointing refusals, she has finally landed her dream job: she… Continue reading Rebecca’s induction day: Some thoughts on the academic research funding model I

A game of colliders: is CLIC the Tyrion Lannister of the future collider wars?

Despite the title, I have never seen a single Game of Thrones episode. I read the first of the books though some time ago, and while the book was interesting and catchy, everyone there was very but very bad and miserable, so I was not really motivated to proceed further. This said, I remember that… Continue reading A game of colliders: is CLIC the Tyrion Lannister of the future collider wars?

It’s all about that Higgs, that Higgs, ….

When discussing about the various options concerning the future of particle physics, in particular in the context of the Update of the European Strategy for Particle Physics, the Higgs boson plays certainly a most important role. The Higgs is truly a unique beast, whose mysterious properties we have just started to unveil. Therefore, also motivated… Continue reading It’s all about that Higgs, that Higgs, ….

Who teaches the teachers?

Universities, the temples of higher education, are supposed to deliver excellent, flawless teaching. University professors should always be, at least according to PR leaflets and websites, inspiring, motivated teachers, and devoted mentors that guide their students through the fascinating adventure of learning. However, while there are of course a large number of outstanding university professors… Continue reading Who teaches the teachers?