Tell your research story at Bessensap 2018!

March 12, 2018

Friday, 15 June is the big day: the 2018 edition of Bessensap! Around 400 journalists, press officers and researchers will meet at De Rode Hoed in Amsterdam to network with colleagues and exchange knowledge on the latest developments in science and its communication. Are you keen to give your research presentation to a critical audience? Then sign up to do it at Bessensap!

The Bessensap programme comprises several components. Its plenary programme will focus on current affairs and debate; a variety of sessions will allow scientists to present newsworthy research results; and at a series of workshops you can get better acquainted with the working methods used by journalists and press officers, as well as polish up your knowledge and skills in all sorts of areas. The winners of the NWO Spinozapremie and Stevinpremie will also be announced at Bessensap. Detailed programme information will soon be posted on the NWO website.

Research presentations

To shape its programme content, the NWO is looking for scientists who are interested in presenting their research to a large audience of science journalists and communicators. We challenge researchers at all levels to submit a proposal: we are just as open to talented young researchers as to those with a long record of scientific achievement. Presentations of research that is not being funded by NWO are also more than welcome. Your presentation should be topical, newsworthy, and media-friendly, containing recent or imminent results, for instance, surprising new insights, or a new avenue of research. The presentation should be accessible to the interested layperson, and must not be subject to an embargo. A research presentation at Bessensap lasts 15 minutes, with another 5 minutes for questions and debate with the audience.


Interested? Then email your proposal by Friday, 30 March to Pam van Schouten at In the week of 19 April, we will announce which presentations will be included in the programme.


Your proposal should be no more than 200 words in length, and must include:

  • a working title;
  • your subject: what will you tell and show?
  • why it would be interesting to the press;
  • your chosen presentation form;
  • your research domain: humanities/behavioural sciences, medical/life sciences, technology;
  • your contact details: name, email address, telephone number, position, research institute, field.

Video clip

To improve your chances of being included in the programme, include a video clip in which you explain your proposal in more detail (max. 2 minutes) and demonstrate your presentation skills!


Any questions?

Email Pam van Schouten at or call her on +31 (0)70 3440556.

We wish you the best of luck!

The Bessensap team


Bessensap is organized by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek, NWO) in cooperation with the Association for Science Journalism and Communication Netherlands (Vereniging voor Wetenschapsjournalistiek en -communicatie Nederland, VWN).