Called an independent commission to verify the side jobs of scientists

Called an independent commission to verify the side jobs of scientists

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  • Siebe Sietsma

    news hour reporter

  • Yuri Vogts

    Nieuwsuur Editor

  • Siebe Sietsma

    news hour reporter

  • Yuri Vogts

    Nieuwsuur Editor

Minister Robbert Dijkgraaf (Science) will have an independent committee to advise on science transparency. He said this in response to parliamentary questions about sponsored professors. news hour I mentioned earlier about professors who were not paid by the university but by stakeholders, without mentioning it.

Djgraf describes the cases detected as “alarming”. In all cases, it comes to professors of tax law. A professor resigned from the University of Amsterdam after he was news hour He faced the practice of secret care for his chair.

Interests in investigations

Professors may be paid by third parties, but this must be reported. Erasmus University, Leiden University, Tilburg University and the University of Amsterdam in Amsterdam have gone wrong. Tax law professors were paid for the hours they spent in college by the other employer.

This included, for example, an accounting firm or tax authorities. The sponsors of these professors had a potential interest in the studies of these professors. It is precisely for this reason that it is important to disclose the funding of studies transparently. The latter did not happen. Digggraph calls this “bad”.

The Minister believes that it is “disturbing” that there are more sponsored professors than unsponsored professors working in some colleges. “This makes independent scholarly research within those colleges weak,” Djgraf wrote in response to parliamentary questions.

Seven professors for one ministry

MP Peter Umtzigt asked the minister how many professors are paid by the Ministry of Finance. Now the minister says there are seven professors.

“I think there are a lot of professors in one ministry,” Umtzigt says. Saleh argues that the bail goes through another ministry. “Then independence is ensured. Now it’s about our civil servants who are paid directly from the Finance. I think this is undesirable.”

Transparency

A panel will consider whether the criteria for the independence and transparency of the flag are sufficient, or whether there is more to be done. According to Djgraph, the role of universities is now to improve transparency in terms of funding. If this is not enough, he will consider including rules about this in the law. Now the rules are set only in the Code of Conduct for Universities.

Member of Parliament Jasper van Dyck (SP) believes that such a step must already be taken now. “It is time to enact djgraphing legislation. We must get rid of subsidized science. The public must be able to count on complete independence.”

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