Latest blog articles in the blog group General

  • Coming back to the workplace in pandemic times

    29 May 2020
    In the current phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries across Europe are fortunately seeing a decrease in detected infections, hospital admissions and deaths. This is the effect of lockdown policies with different elements but with the common denominator of social distancing, travel restrictions and a work-from-home policy for most sectors. Also in the Netherlands, this has been the general policy of the ‘intelligent lockdown’.
  • How simple measures can have massive effects

    20 May 2020
    With every month, every week that passes, we’re seeing the publication of more and more medical data and studies on COVID-19. A friend of mine who is the editor of a very reputable international medical journal told me recently that they get more than 100 submissions per day that involve research on the new coronavirus. The massive overflow of these reports into the regular media can leave you dizzy. While there is apparent progress (we’ve seen the good news that a potential vaccine seems to have the desired effects), it is clear that an effective therapy for...
  • The York-Maastricht strategic partnership - a data science update

    19 May 2020
    Wednesday, March, 18 was supposed to be the kick-off day for the York-Maastricht partnership announced earlier in the year. Set around five different themes (agrifood, nutrition and health, Europe, global South, imaging and data science), the partnership was supposed to bring together, for the first time, research and education experts from the University of York and Maastricht University (particularly the Institute of Data Science and Maastricht Working on Europe), in an attempt to establish joint research projects, teaching collaborations, knowledge exchange,...
  • EU Corona response

    Europe to the rescue? EU funds and the COVID-19 crisis – who gets what, how and why

    1 May 2020
    In recent weeks, the divisions between North and South, as well as the creation of European corona bonds have dominated most European debates. At the same time, there has been contradictory information regarding the financial aid mobilised by Brussels in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The objectives of this brief analysis are twofold. First, it seeks to clarify and provide an overview of what European Union (EU) financial resources have been mobilised so far to fight the pandemic, what is their distribution and towards whom. Secondly, it discusses the...
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