The Wageningen Student Organisation has decided to introduce a prize for
the Wageningen scientists who contribute the most to public discussion.
According to the WSO the university is not doing enough to encourage its
researchers to participate in debates on current social issues. The
organisation thinks that individual scientists should have more freedom to
provide information for discussions to counter the current situation where
most information is given by spokespersons and press officers. The prize
will be awarded during the symposium WSO has organised that will take place
on 7 March, the anniversary of Wageningen University. Everyone working or
studying in here can nominate a Wageningen scientist. It is not yet clear
what the prize will be, but according to a spokeswoman it will be a great
honour to receive.
The Progressive Student Fraction (PSF) is concerned that the members of the
Collective Meeting (Gemeenschappelijke Vergadering, GV) that consists of
the student council and personnel representatives will not have enough time
to make a well-grounded decision on the new bachelors degrees.
The degree courses in Health Sciences, Communication Sciences, and
Economics and Policy are due to start in September 2004, but according to a
number of members of the GV there are too many questions unanswered at
present. The PSF believes that there is too little interaction between the
exact and social sciences in the courses at present, and also needs
convincing that the new courses will attract students from a wider pool
than has been the case up to now. Others are still awaiting the results of
the qualitative market research that is nearing completion.
The organisers of annual open day for high-school students who are thinking
of coming to study in Wageningen are optimistic that it will be a success
The conference takes place on 19 March and is intended for fourth year
high-school students who still have to choose their final exam ‘packet’.
With almost 1250 pupils already registered the figures are up by six
percent compared with last year. This year’s theme is ‘Xperience Life’, and
participants can choose from workshops on the taste of ‘hagelslag’ or
tomatoes, salt tolerance in rice plants and lifestyle.
Research by the International Soil Reference and Information Centre (ISRIC)
indicates that there are large quantities of carbon stored in the upper
soil layers in Eastern Europe.
It is these layers that are also most vulnerable to degradation, one
consequence of which is that carbon escapes into the atmosphere.
Information on the quantities involved is important for predicting climate
changes as a result of increasing atmospheric concentrations of carbon
dioxide. Some estimates suggest that up to 50 percent of the carbon stored
in soil in agricultural areas in the former Soviet Union has already been