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Column: Fact-free propaganda
What am I to think of this? The ‘March for Science’ in the Netherlands. This demonstration on 22 April, which is supported by WUR, is a protest against the rise of anti-intellectua...
Column: Women only
There was anger. At least, that is what I heard. Personally I was explicitly not invited. The 500 Women Scientists gathering in Wageningen was a women-only event. The initiators th...
Bright morning lights shines on my hands. My thoughts are on the introduction to my thesis, but physically I’m walking through a forest. Wait, do I hear that correctly? Yes, a chif...
Emancipate the right
Not once have I encountered an ecologist at the university who is really critical when it comes to the subject of nature. Everywhere I look, I see people who are all for more biodi...
Column: Oral exam
She stares ahead of her with a frown. I smile at her. She smiles back. That is: she regards me with a mixture of panic, concentration and a hint of a smile. In her sweaty hands she...
I sigh, adjust my blanket and close my eyes. Maybe I shouldn’t have done it. Shouldn’t have written that my bosses at the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW) were naïve and arro...
Column: preventive homesickness
My PhD is like a tired marriage where you stay together for the kids. The first two years were great but then the annoyances started. And meanwhile my journalist urges were getting...
Column: The Dutch
So there I was, up a mountain and unprepared. Because I had to spend the past few months counting aphids, my summer holiday was somewhat delayed. But now, after working for a week ...
Column: Drink problem
Lots of people start drinking less after they’ve graduated. Not me. Drinks at a leaving do, a PhD get-together, a graduate school reception. Since I started my PhD — yes, that’s a ...
Column: Lining their pockets
I didn’t have the nerve for a full-scale boycott but my applause for the organizer, Elsevier, was muted. Like a polite laugh but then in the form of clapping.