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Launch of The Dutch Academic Network in the UK (DANinUK)

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The Dutch Academic Network was officially launched on Friday 17 January 2020 at the Royal Geographical Society in London. With approximately 100 in attendance, the event that was organised by the Dutch Embassy in London and the board of DANinUK marked the start of DANinUK as an independent organisation. 

How did it get there?
A little over a year, the Dutch Embassy initiated the idea of a Dutch Academic Network because of the changing dynamics in the British sector and to facilitate (social) contacts. This idea was welcomed by a group of Dutch academics that worked together with the Dutch Embassy towards a more formal and organised network for the community of Dutch nationals working in higher education and research institutions in the United Kingdom.

The event was an energetic kick-off for this initiative and marked the official start. During the launch, interesting presentations and contributions to the panel discussion were given by Simone Buitendijk (vice provost Imperial College), Linda Holliday-Elgersma (head of Global Mobility at UK Research and Innovation) and Marcelis Boereboom (DG Higher Education at the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science). 

The board of DANinUK was also represented in the panel and emphasised the main aims of the network: strengthening social contacts and connections amongst network members, facilitate sharing of relevant information and news, and strengthening collaboration between Dutch and British higher education and research sectors. It was highlighted that national as well as regional events will be organised; groups in Wales and Edinburgh have already been formed as part of the greater DANinUK network.

If you are a Dutch Academic in the UK, you can register for the network here or send an email for more information to You can also follow DANinUK on Twitter: @DAN_in_UK and LinkedIn: Dutch Academic Network in the UK

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