Delft Young Academy: our vision
The Delft Young Academy (DYA) is envisioned to be a platform for the development of academic leadership of and cooperation between early career researchers. Future leaders of TU Delft should be prepared and capable to think beyond the borders of their own discipline and faculty. DYA can prepare early career researcher for their future roles. DYA helps to build a university wide network of scientists. Additionally, DYA helps to build a network of external stakeholders (e.g. KNAW, NWO, OCW). This allows members more opportunities to influence university, national or even international academic policy.
Following de Jonge Akademie, at many Dutch universities young researchers organise themselves in ‘Young Academies’. These academies were formed based on the idea that
- It is important to think about the importance and organisation of science beyond university (and country) boarders;
- there should be attention to the role Early Career Academics can have in the academic policy;
- and that Early Career Academic should have a voice and a platform.
Examples of what young researchers can achieve if they organise themselves are:
- De Jonge Akademie wrote this guide as an introduction to Dutch research and higher education, it serves as a support document for researchers and instructors who are unfamiliar with the Dutch academic setting.
- A smarter Academic Year (an analysis of the academic year in the Netherlands and elsewhere by De Jonge Akademie)
- Climate Helpdesk (Initiated by Scientists4Future NL and the Utrecht Young Academy and co-funded by The Young Academy.)
Goals and characteristics
In Delft the goals of the Young Academy are:
- Spark dialogue and cooperation between disciplines and faculties
- Facilitate that early career academics develop a vision on academic policy and have a voice
- Support the professional development of early career academics
- Connect science, technology and design with society.
At most universities, membership of the Young Academy is reserved for a selected few. In Delft we decided on a different, more inclusive approach. DYA will be a platform with involved members and an active board. To poll the enthusiasm of the DYA community, we organized an event for the community in November 2021.
For who – Scientific staff graduated PhD less than 10 years ago with a minimal contract of 0.6FTE at TU Delft.
Registration – Do you fit the requirement and do you want to become a Delft Young Academy member, please register here. Feel free to contact us if you want more information.