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Research Day IMR Academy & Doctoral School 2016 great success

Date of news: 23 June 2016

The annual Research Day IMR Academy & Doctoral School was held in the Lindenberg on 16 June. The day started with parallel sessions of PhD candidates presenting their research projects. In the afternoon, several sessions were organised to serve as a source of learning and inspiration. Subsequently, the Hot Spots of the Institute for Management Research shared state-of-the-art research and organised discussions in several parallel sessions.

Morning programme

Prof. Allard van Riel, Head of the IMR Doctoral School, welcomed the attendees and kicked off the morning programme. The Doctoral School Research Day started with PhD candidates who were given the opportunity to present their research in several parallel sessions that included discussions with their reviewers and the audience.


The IMR Academy Research Day was opened by keynote speaker Prof. Mark van Houdenhoven, CEO of the Sint Maartenskliniek Nijmegen and Professor of Economic Management in Health Care at the Nijmegen School of Management. He discussed innovation in health care, stressing the role of patients.

M. van Houdenhoven

Award Ceremony and parallel sessions

After lunch, chairperson of the day and Head of the IMR Academy Prof. Esther-Mirjam Sent gave the floor to Prof. Van Riel for the awards for ‘Best paper’. The winners are Ludovico Alcorta (Economics and Business Economics) and Daniël Polman (Political Science). Ludovico received the award for his paper ‘Some are more equal than others: inequality and ethnic conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa’, written together with Dr Jeroen Smits and Dr Haley Swedlund. Daniël Polman was awarded for his paper ‘The role of implementing agencies’ expertise in Common Agricultural Policy reforms’.

Award ceremony

Subsequently, three parallel sessions were held. Prof. Peter Hagoort, director of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, founding director of the Donders Institute, Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging and Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience, addresses the topic ‘How can you contribute to the Healthy Brain Initiative at Radboud University?’ Daniëlle van Bentem of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science talked about what the Dutch National Research Agenda (Nationale Wetenschapsagenda) can mean for researchers. In addition, Dr Bas Hendrikx and colleagues from Radboud Innovation discussed the topic ‘What can Radboud Innovation do for you when it comes to valorisation?’

Hot Spot sessions

The IMR Hot Spots organised several parallel sessions. Prof. Kathrin Zippel from Northeastern University, USA, spoke on behalf of the Hot Spot Gender and Power in Politics and Management and discussed gender in international research collaborations.

The Hot Spot Global-Local Divides and Connections (Glocal) presented its new blog called ‘Through the Looking Glass’. This interdisciplinary platform is created by four students who write about topics related to conflict, borders and development. The platform also offers other students the opportunity to write about these topics.

During the session of the Hot Spot Governance and Innovation in Social Services (GAINS) three projects were discussed. Dr Jan-Kees Helderman presented research about experimentalist governance and capacitating service. Dr Marleen Bekker gave a presentation about collaborative research with Maastricht University related to the national prevention program. In addition, Dr Pascale Peters presented research concerning public services focused on re-integration on the municipality level.

The Hot Spot Integrated Decision Making (ID) focused on different experiment methods. Prof. Utz Weitzel demonstrated an online experiment system and discussed the advantages and disadvantages of online experiments.

Dr Robert Kok and Dr Paul Ligthart from the Hot Spot Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Business Ecosystems discussed the European Manufacturing Survey, which collects data on techno-organisational innovations in the manufacturing sector in twelve countries. Based on these data it is possible to analyse the reasons why manufacturing firms do or do not adopt specific innovations and how this affects their performance.

Pitching your research

The closing session of the day was called ‘Pitching your research’ and started with a presentation by Jeanine de Bruin of Hakuna Matata Science & Media. She provided some tips and tricks on how to pitch research in a short amount of time. After this presentation, four researchers pitched their research in three minutes, and shared their experiences with the audience.

Pitch (2)

The day ended with a get-together in the foyer where the attendees talked some more about the sessions and their research.