Wetenschap - 7 mei 1998

English Summary

English Summary

English Summary
  • WAU students Jos Malda and Rogier Spoor want to change the poor image of the university - super farmers - among secondary school pupils and present a course on isolating DNA a tomato plant in schools. During their practice period they are promoting five WAU educational programmes and tell the pupils something about student social life. It is not clear yet whether this new approach of informing secondary school pupils will be a success, but the pupils and their teachers are very positive about the presentations of the two students. If the university wants this approach to continue it has to invest money in new student ambassadors
  • The DLO Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering (IMAG) wants to build animal housing which runs on solar energy. This type of energy has not been introduced in agriculture yet because the use of solar panels is much more expensive than regular energy. However, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs predicts that the price of solar energy will drop from 1.50 guilders per kilowatt-hour to 14 cents by 2020. IMAG has started a small-scale pilot project and will design a complete new stable with optimal use of solar energy
  • The publish or perish culture in science is becoming expensive for universities - scientists offer their scientific results to refereed journals for free and have to buy these publications back from the scientific publishers against increasing costs. The universities face deficits and have to reduce the number of journals in their libraries. Putting their publications on the Internet will lower the costs and will definitely be the future, says WAU librarian Sjaak Schippers, but as long as the prestige and money in science is connected to journals on paper, the scientists are reluctant to change their habits
  • The creation of the Wageningen University and Research Centre (KCW), involving the fusion of the WAU, DLO institutes for agricultural research and several other institutes in Wageningen, is now official. Minister of Agriculture Jozias van Aartsen has signed an agreement with the board of KCW on this matter. The privatisation of DLO, which was part of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Fisheries, has been agreed on. A difficult item was the transfer of the real estate from the government to the private enterprise DLO. DLO has paid 120 million guilders for their buildings, which have a market value of 400 million and a replacement value of 1.2 billion guilders. The building division of the ministry estimates that the real estate of the knowledge centre amounts to 2.5 billion guilders

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