From University to House of Representatives (NL)

How does the interaction between science and politics work?

Samenweten organizes in collaboration with Parlement en Wetenschap an online workshop for PhD’s/postdocs about the interaction between research and politics.

Participants will discuss with a panel of scientists who have a lot of experience with politics and people who work in or near the House of Representatives. How does the House of Representatives work? What are the do’s and don’ts for scientists dealing with the House? 

During the workshop we will also do various excercises to address the questions:

  • How far does my expertise as a researcher reach?
  • Where does science end and start politics?
  • To which current topics could I contribute scientific knowledge?

The next workshop is planned March 11, 2022. Participation is free of charge. Scientists who are part of the Rewarded-program get priority in the admission.

Panel March 11, 2022

  • Heleen de Coninck, professor Socio-Technical Innovation and Climate Change, Technical University Eindhoven and Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Thea Hilhorst, professor International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Jeroen Kerseboom, head DAO, House of Representatives, The Hague
  • Hugo van Bergen, liaison Parlement en Wetenschap, The Hague

This workshop is currently only available in Dutch
You are welcome to join our Dutch-spoken program or let us know your interest for a specific program in English by sending over a message to

During previous workshops, the participants discussed with the following panel members:

Panel April 15, 2021

  • Lisette de Senerpont Domis, hoofd Aquatisch Kenniscentrum Wageningen en onderzoeker NIOO-KNAW
  • Aat Liefbroer, hoogleraar Demografie VU en UMCG, en themaleider Familie en Generaties NIDI, Den Haag
  • Melanie Peters †, directeur Rathenau Instituut, Den Haag
  • Jeroen Kerseboom, hoofd Dienst Analyse en Onderzoek Tweede Kamer, Den Haag

Panel Februari 17, 2021

  • Marion Koopmans, hoogleraar virologie Rotterdam, lid van het OMT voor Covid-19
  • Helga de Valk, hoogleraar migratie en levensloop Groningen, directeur NIDI Den Haag
  • Jeroen Kerseboom, hoofd Dienst Analyse en Onderzoek Tweede Kamer, Den Haag
  • Hugo van Bergen, liaison Parlement en Wetenschap, Den Haag