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Invitation to ‘The potential of biophysiology for understanding learning and teaching experiences (BioL&T)’

posted 13 Dec 2018, 06:17 by ICO Education   [ updated 13 Dec 2018, 06:18 ]

Wednesday, January 9th, Utrecht University     
Dear colleagues,

We are happy to invite you for the first meeting of the Earli Emerging Field Group ‘The potential of biophysiology for understanding learning and teaching experiences (BioL&T)’.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday January 9th 2019 at Utrecht University and the focus of the meeting will be on heart rate, electrodermal activity and stress. 

There will be keynotes by two eminent physiological psychologist: Prof. Dr. Eco de Geus (VU University Amsterdam) and Prof. Dr. Daan Scheepers (Leiden/Utrecht University), presentations by key members of the Emerging Field Group, and ample time for discussion and interaction in smaller groups.

To ensure an interactive set-up of our meeting, the available spaces will be somewhat limited, so please register before December 16. 

It is also possible to attend the keynotes/morning program only (i.e., 10.00-12.30h). Please send an email to Monika Donker (m.h.donker@uu.nl) if you want to join us during the keynotes.


More information about the programme, speakers, and location can be found on our website.

Feel free to share this invitation with interested colleagues!

Kind regards,

Tim Mainhard & Monika Donker

ICO is going on a Christmas break

posted 12 Dec 2018, 06:27 by ICO Education   [ updated 12 Dec 2018, 06:27 ]

The ICO Office is taking a Christmas break, and will be closed from December the 14th until the 7th of January. If you do have any questions, or information you want to share with us, do not hesitate to send us an email at c.vonk@uu.nl. We will respond to your message upon our return.

For all ICO PhDs: Fill in the ICO Monitor 2018

posted 12 Dec 2018, 05:11 by ICO Education   [ updated 12 Dec 2018, 05:14 ]

The ICO PhD Monitor 2018 is now available online, and we would truly appreciate it if you would complete this questionnaire before February 1, 2019. We would like to remind you that completing the monitor is obligatory for all ICO PhD candidates. Also fill out this monitor if you have finished your PhD project this past year. Filling out the questionnaire only takes about 10 minutes.

The ICO Monitor: Why?

First and foremost, the ICO Monitor is there for you. It might help you to get insight in your own progress, or the obstacles you might face. The ICO Monitor also includes some questions about your schedule and possible delays. These questions are not designed to make you worry. Remember that this is something that happens to many PhD’s.

Reflecting on your progress might help you to become aware that action is needed. If you are concerned about the progress of your project, ICO has some suggestions for actions you could take yourself:

  • Talk with your daily supervisor;
  • If this is not an option, find someone else who might be able to guide you: The ICO Counsellor Jules Pieters (phone:+31 6 51639328 or email: j.m.pieters@utwente.nl) or your local ICO PhD representative (see: https://sites.google.com/site/researchschoolico/organization/educational-committee);
  • In case of a delay, try to delegate some tasks, or make some changes in your project. For instance, omit the parts that are not vital to your research;
  • And remember: It is OK to say “NO” if someone asks you to take on extra duties, outside of your project.

In case you are worried about indicating any problems or delays, please know that you are not the only one. In any stage of your project the scientific director or the ICO Counsellor are willing to help you. You can use the monitor to indicate you would like to talk to someone. If you do so, we will make it happen.

Other reasons for the ICO Monitor are quality accountability purposes, to complete the ICO administration, and to complete the ICO Dissertation List.


The findings of this monitor are being evaluated by ICO’s Scientific Committee anonymously; they will not be given your name. Also, your responses will not be revealed to your supervisor(s). Only if deemed necessary, ICO’s Scientific Director Diana Dolmans will be given your contact details, so she can contact you to inquire if you need any assistance.

Thank you for filling out the form by going to The ICO PhD Monitor 2018.

PhD Defence Marit Wijnen

posted 12 Dec 2018, 05:01 by ICO Education   [ updated 12 Dec 2018, 05:05 ]

On Friday, the 1st of February 2019 at 11:30 hours exactly, Marit Wijnen (Erasmus University Rotterdam) will defend her thesis Introduction of problem-based learning at the Erasmus School of Law: Influences on study processes and outcomes.

All ICO Members are cordially invited to be present at the PhD graduation ceremony at the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, locatie Woudestein (Senaatszaal).

PhD Defence Marloes Nederhand

posted 3 Dec 2018, 01:28 by ICO Education   [ updated 3 Dec 2018, 01:29 ]

On the 22 of November, Marloes Nederhand (Erasmus University Rotterdam) has defended her thesis Improving Calibration Accuracy Through Performance Feedback.


SDT conference 2019: Extended abstract submission deadline

posted 3 Dec 2018, 00:27 by ICO Education   [ updated 3 Dec 2018, 00:29 ]

We would like to inform you that “Due to popular demand, the Conference Organizing Committee has decided to extend the abstract submission deadline to January 11, 2019”.

Participants who have submitted their abstract before November 30, 2018 will receive a decision by December 21, 2018.
Participants who submit their abstract after November 30, 2018, will receive a decision by February 13, 2019.

Paper/poster and symposium submission
To submit an abstract please visit the online sites paper/poster abstract site or the symposium abstract site

Plenary- speakers and keynote speakers
Information of the plenary- and keynote speakers SDT keynote speakers

Registration will be handled online registration page


The SDT website will be updated regularly https://sdt2019.org 


Organization and information

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: info@sdt2019.org


On behalf of the local organizing committee SDT 2019,

Rashmi Kusurkar, Stéphanie van der Burgt, Anouk Wouters, Joyce Kors, Bart van Elswijk


VUmc Academy

P: +31 20 444 48444

E: events@vumc.nl

Invitation: ICO National Spring School 2019

posted 2 Dec 2018, 07:09 by ICO Education   [ updated 2 Dec 2018, 07:10 ]

14-15 March, 2019 - Cultuurcentrum Griffioen - 

We would like to invite all ICO members to ICO's 10th national networking event: the ICO National Spring School, on the 14th and 15th of March, 2019, at Cultuurcentrum Griffioen, VU Amsterdam.

Networking event
The ICO National Spring School is a biennial, two-day networking event for all ICO members: PhDs, staff and postdocs. During this event ICO members can meet, mingle, and learn about the projects of other ICO members, while the PhD-candidates can practice their presentation skills in a safe environment.

At the ICO National Spring School, you can

  • learn about the new developments in educational sciences during the presentations of the PhD-candidates; 
  • meet kindred research spirits during the Meet-your-Theme Group-session; 
  • and informally catch up with long lost colleagues at the conference dinner; 
We suggest you to stay in a hotel nearby to be present for the full programme and the NSS Dinner on Thursday evening. Check the page with hotel suggestions to find yourself an nice place to stay.

PhD student presentations

The focus of the National School is on the ICO PhD-candidates. PhD's will present their project, either in a Junior Presentation (for 1st and 2nd year candidates) or in a Senior Presentation (3rd or 4th year candidates). The Junior Presentation can be a Poster Presentation or a Round Table Session. The Senior Presentation is a Paper Presentation. More information about the different presentation types can be found on the website, on the pages on Presentations.

How to prepare?
For all presentation sessions it is required to send in a paper and an abstract before the 1st of February, 2019. All papers will be accepted automatically. Send in your paper and abstract before the 1st of February, using the submission form. More information on how to prepare can be found on the pages "Poster presentation", "Round Table presentation", and "Paper presentation".

ICO staff and postdoc Members: our discussants and chairs
While the PhD-candidates are presenting their work, all attending ICO staff and postdoc-members will have a role either as chair of a session, or as a discussant. Of course, we will try to give all staff and Post docs the opportunity to be present as an observer at the presentations of the projects they are involved in themselves, either as a promoter or as a supervisor. If you have any special wishes regarding the presentations of your PhD-candidates you want to attend, please let us know, using your registration form.

Registration and deadlines

Registration is open from November 2018 until the 1st of February, 2019 
  • Register for the NSS as a presenter, ICO staff or posdoc-attendant, or as observer ; 
  • Are you presenting? Send in your paper and abstract before the 1st of February using the submission form; 
  • Do you want to be present, but you cannot be there for the whole two days? No problem! you can also register for just one day. 

Registration Fee
day programme:
  • ICO members (ICO staff, post doc members, PhD-members and ICO Alumni,): no fee; 
  • Non-ICO attendants: € 100,00 (excluding administration costs, if applicable); please contact c.vonk@uu.nl if you want to be present as non-ICO attendant. 
NSS conference dinner, 14th of March:
  • max. € 50,00 (including drinks). 
More information:
We would strongly recommend attending the ICO National Spring School to all our members. As a PhD, if you are not yet ready to present your work, or if you have already done so in previous years, you are warmly invited to join us as an observer in order to meet people from the ICO network, and to learn from all presentations and discussions.

All visitors to the National Spring School can attend the workshops. In workshop there will be room for ca. 20 people. More information about the workshops can be found on the page "Workshops".

Special session
Meet Your Theme-Group-session: The aim of this session is for the theme group coordinators to meet with PhD's and staff members with a research interest in a specific theme. It is an informal meeting where you can meet shortly face-to face to inform each other about the courses offered within ICO by the theme group as well as discuss what kind of workshops would be of interest for future courses or ICO's International School.

More information on the various ICO Theme Groups can be found on the ICO website.

We are looking forward to seeing you in De Griffioen!

The organisation committee,

Selina Emhardt,
Frances Wijnen,
Martine Schophuizen,
Caroline Vonk

Anouk Wouters wins Best Thesis price of NVMO

posted 26 Nov 2018, 03:08 by ICO Education   [ updated 26 Nov 2018, 03:08 ]

Anouk Wouters (VU) has been awarded the Best Thesis price 2016-2017 of the Netherlands Association for Medical Education (NVMO) for her thesis entitled “Effects of medical school selection on the motivation of the student population and applicant pool”. The research was carried out at Amsterdam UMC, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and partially funded by The Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres (Nederlandse Federatie van Universitair Medische Centra) (NFU).

Symposium Grens(loze) wetenschap: boundary crossing tussen onderwijspraktijk en wetenschap

posted 26 Nov 2018, 00:02 by ICO Education   [ updated 26 Nov 2018, 06:34 ]

Utrecht, vrijdag 18 januari 2019 - 13.30-17.00 - 
Samenwerking tussen onderwijspraktijk en onderwijswetenschap wordt steeds meer gezien als noodzakelijk voor het gebruik én de creatie van relevante wetenschappelijke kennis over onderwijs. Als gevolg hiervan zijn er in toenemende mate (inter)nationale initiatieven die samenwerking tussen professionals uit onderwijs en onderzoek stimuleren.

In het symposium staat onderzoek naar zulke samenwerkingen vanuit het theoretisch perspectief van boundary crossing centraal. Onderzoekers van verschillende instituten laten in interactieve presentaties zien welke inzichten dit perspectief oplevert, gebaseerd op eigen onderzoek naar verschillende samenwerkingen. Een van de presentaties betreft de resultaten van een door NRO gesubsidieerde case report naar de functie van boundary objecten in zulke samenwerkingen. Andere sprekers (tba) zullen ingaan op de rol van brokers en boundary interactions.


Vrijdag 18 januari 2019 - 13.30-17.00, met na afloop borrel.


Boothzaal Universiteitsbibiliotheek De Uithof Heidelberglaan 3 Utrecht




Itzél Zuiker MSc (Universiteit Utrecht) 

dr. Larike Bronkhorst (Universiteit Utrecht)

dr. Bjorn Wansink (Universiteit Utrecht)

Alex Janse BSc (Universiteit Utrecht)


Vragen en aanmelding

Itzél Zuiker MSc (Universiteit Utrecht) 





SAVE THE DATE: Farewell Prof. Dr. Douwe Beijaard

posted 20 Nov 2018, 02:39 by ICO Education   [ updated 20 Nov 2018, 02:41 ]

Photo of Douwe Beijaard

On June 14, 2019, our colleague, professor dr. Douwe Beijaard will give his farewell speech. 

Prior to this farewell speech, we will organize a mini-symposium about his work and discuss how research and practice can work together.
You are hereby cordially invited to for the mini-symposium and subsequent farewell speech.

We will start the mini symposium with a keynote speech by professor dr. Jean Clandinin (Alberta University, Canada).
After the keynote speech three different parallel workshops organized by colleagues from both academia and practice about the following themes:

  • Design and research of education in Interactive Higher Educational Workshops 
  • Education in Finland and in the Netherlands (including a.o. professor dr. Auli Toom and professor dr. Jukka Husu, Finland) 
  • Development of professional identity of teachers 

The symposium and speech will take place at the TU/e Auditorium on Friday, June 14, 2019, 1 - 5 pm.
In March/April you will receive an invitation with program and application form.

With kind regards, the organizing committee.
Maaike Koopman, Gonny Schellings, Connie Cantrijn

Contact address: esoe@tue.nl

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