Frank Miedema is dean and vice-chairman of the Executive Board of University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands and professor of immunology. For more than twenty years he worked on HIV pathogenesis, especially the role of anti-HIV cellular immunity in disease protection. As dean he inspired the development of a new UMC Utrecht strategy focusing on societal impact of research programs and stakeholder involvement. Together with a group of distinguished scientists, he launched the Science in Transition initiative in the Netherlands. Science in Transition argues that science is in need of fundamental reform. Bibliometric quality assessment should be replaced by domain-specific, alternative analyses. Furthermore, scientists should involve societal stakeholders in formulating their research agenda.
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