LNVH Spring Symposium

25 May 2018

LNVH Spring Symposium


Challenging poor behaviour in academia: how to tackle and prevent intimidation and abuse of power

Keynote speakers

  • Oscar David (NL), organisation psychologist - published an extensive study about mechanisms of power.  
  • Claartje Vinkenburg (NL), associate professor of organizational behavior - critically explored the impact of implicit bias, normative beliefs, and discursive practices on career systems, patterns, and outcomes.
  • Scott Solder (UK), executive coach, trainer and facilitator - developed a groundbreaking workshop on how to challenge inappropriate behaviour, bullying and harassment in the workplace (used succesfully at for exemple Imperial College London).

LNVH cordially invites you to the Spring Symposium 2018 'Challenging Poor Behaviour in Academia - How to tackle and prevent intimidation and abuse of power' on May 25, 2018.

Power, abuse of power, harassment, and misconduct in academia. A theme that deserves attention, but is often dismissed as non-urgent, non-existent and therefore: non-important. Contributing to the taboo character of the subject, is that people simply do not dare to share their experiences for fear of consequences (or worse: lack of consequences). Recently however, the discussion about abuse of power in academia has certainly kicked off: in the fall of 2017, ScienceGuide published an article series on harassment. LNVH was consulted and contributed to the series, because we wish to underline that this is not a 'new issue that has 'suddenly' come up. We think it is important to, beyond the hype, focus on substainable attention for the theme and most of all: ways of preventing and dealing with abuse of power.

The preliminary programme, with more information about our speakers, is attached. Oscar David will get you up-to-date about mechanisms and structures of power and abuse of power. Claartje Vinkenburg has collected various individual and institutional strategies to reduce sex-based harassment and to improve work-place cultures. In an 'active bystander training', Scott Solder discusses tools to deal with poor behaviour in your own work environment. In the second half of the afternoon we let actors play out cases of poor behaviour, misconduct and harassment. Together with the audience, an expert panel discusses logical courses of action and how to tackle and prevent these situations.

Of course, the symposium will offer ample time and opportunity to share your own views, opinions, and experiences. Please note that we are committed to providing a safe environment for everyone, in which confidentiality is guaranteed. A counsellor will be present at the event location, should you be in need of further support.


  • 2018 Spring Symposium LNVH
  • May 25, 2018
  • 12h30 (walk in, 13h00 start) – 18h30
  • Academy Building Leiden University, Klein Auditorium
  • Registration fee EUR 50
  • Working language English

We invite PhDs, postdocs, assistant/associate and full professors (M/F) from Dutch universities and university medical centres, as well as policy makers, board members, confidential counsellors, support staff. However there are limited places available, so we recommend signing up a.s.a.p. Please feel free to extend this invitation to anyone else you think would be interested in the LNVH Spring Symposium.

Sign up for the LNVH Spring Symposium via this link. The registration fee is set at EUR 50. 

The LNVH Board and Bureau are looking forward to welcoming you on May 25. Please make sure to register in time and keep an eye on our website for updates! If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at info@lnvh.nl

See you on May 25!