Our policies are very much in line with the international shift towards Open Science
. This can be described as opening up the research agenda to societal stakeholders; open research data; open access publications; and incentives and rewards that facilitate these goals. In the UMC Utrecht societal stakeholders are involved in all research phases, from prioritizing research questions to evaluating impact.
In the context of a university medical center, many of these policies aim to improve and speed up translational medicine, the continuum from a scientific idea or finding to a diagnostic tool and/or therapy. As UMC Utrecht we co-founded the Eureka Institute
, which organizes a certificate course each year. This is expanded upon by a UMC Utrecht summerschool course
about translational medicine.