Wetenschap - 1 januari 1970

Is freedom of opinion under threat in Wageningen?

Is freedom of opinion under threat in Wageningen?

Is freedom of opinion under threat in Wageningen?


Van der Ploeg: ‘Fear should not be what determines a university’s agenda’

A storm has arisen within Wageningen UR over the past month over whether or
not researchers should express their opinions in public on subjects that
are not entirely related to their own field of expertise. According to the
Chairman of the Board of Wageningen UR, Dr Aalt Dijkhuizen, employees of
Wageningen UR should only participate in public debates on subjects about
which they are fully informed. Professor Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, chair of
rural sociology, reacts in this week’s Wb to what has already provoked
heartfelt reactions from many, saying that Dijkhuizen’s stance is an insult
to Wageningen UR employees and will cause damage to the organisation
itself. He claims that he is voicing a wide-felt feeling of indignation; it
is time for Rector Speelman to step in and defend the academic values of
the university.

“If there was not already a whole history of this kind of patronising
attitude, we could have just laughed off this last example,

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