From 5-16 July, the first Summer School for PhD students at universities affiliated with the League of European Research Universities (LERU) will take place. The LERU is a network of leading European research universities including the University of Amsterdam. The main subject of the Summer School is communicating academic results. This subject will be further elaborated on around the theme 'Towards a sustainable future'. The Summer School is being organised by the University of Amsterdam and Utrecht University, and will take place in Utrecht.
Good communication of academic results is demanding and socially sensitive, as we know, for example, from the climate debate. The LERU Summer School offers PhD students from various disciplines who are close to graduation the opportunity to develop their communication skills further. Attention will be paid, among other things, to: the art of writing, the world of editors and publishers, psychological and ethical aspects of communication, digital communication, and gaming as a means of communication. On the basis of the theme ‘Towards a Sustainable Future', participants will work on a project of their choice, in which they imagine communicating with specific target audiences, such as 'the general public', children, policymakers or the business world. They will then develop a communication product. A jury will select the most successful result. Robbert Dijkgraaf, president of the Dutch Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and chairman of the UN commission investigating the controversial IPCC climate report, will officially open the Summer School.
The LERU was established in 2002 as a network of European research universities with a common vision for higher education and European research policy. The alliance calls for new initiatives to put the interests of fundamental academic research more prominently on the European agenda.