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Recognition and Rewards Festival on 22 March

The Recognition and Rewards Festival is an event for everyone who is interested in recognizing and appreciating science, education and academic staff. During the festival we will discuss the progress of the Recognition and Rewards programme at the UG and the challenges and dilemmas of cultural and system change. We look foward to an afternoon full of interaction and inspiration! To support and inspire each other, and to exchange best practices on facilitating and rewarding all university staff as best as possible.

The festival takes place on Friday 22 March 2024 in the House of Connections.
The plenary part of the programme can be followed online from 1.15 p.m. to 4 p.m. via
a livestream .


12.30 p.m.Walk-in 

1.00 p.m. Welcome by Merel Keijzer and Peter Verhoef on behalf of the UG R&R committee and short introduction on behalf of the Board of the University by Jacquelien Scherpen

1.15 p.m. Keynote by prof. dr. Lidewey van der Sluis
Title: Leadership in 3D. 'I see, I see what you are doing well'

2 p.m. Panel discussion led by Merel Keijzer and Peter Verhoef about results and dilemmas of the Recognition and Rewards programme at the UG with:

  • Jacquelien Scherpen - rector magnificus
  • Mladen Popovic - dean RCS and member of the Recognition and Appreciation Committee
  • Wiro Niessen - dean of Medical Sciences
  • Peter Timmerman - policy director at FSE
  • Marijke Leliveld - chair of the YAG

2.30 p.m - 4.15 p.m. Workshops in parallel sessions

4.30 p.m. Closure and drinks

The programme continues with workshops that provide new insights into recognition and rewards team performance, open sciences, impact, interdisciplinarity, assessing and developing educational qualities, and development-oriented R&D conversations for scientists and support staff.
In addition, during these workshops there is room to get to know each other and share experiences. The complete overview of the workshops with themes and speakers can be found here.

Keynote speaker Lidewey van der Sluis

Lidewey van der Sluis
Lidewey van der Sluis

Prof. Lidewey van der Sluis is Professor of Strategic Talent Management and Organizational Leadership at Nyenrode Business University. She brings a fresh and economic view to traditional HR topics and social and psychological dimensions of organizations and labor relations. With her knowledge and experience in economics (EconDrs, University of Amsterdam), management (PhD, Erasmus University Rotterdam and London Business School) and leadership (VU Amsterdam), she explores the interface between work relations, business economics and talent management. The future of work is central to her thinking and message.

Registrations for attendance during the entire afternoon, including the workshops, must be submitted through the Board of your Faculty or by sending an email to or

Are you interested in participating in the workshops?
Contact your Faculty Board!

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