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Call for speakers NWO Bessensap 2020

On Friday June 12 NWO will organise the 2020 edition of Bessensap! Around 350 journalists, press officers and researchers will meet to exchange knowledge on the latest developments in science and communication and network with colleagues. This is your chance to showcase your research story.

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. Detailed programme information will soon be posted on the NWO website.

Your research story at Bessensap 2020?

To shape its programme content, 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.

Register your proposal before Wednesday March 18th 2020. Mid-April we will announce which presentations will be included in the programme. Register your research proposal for Bessensap 2020 here! 

The presentation

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. We’d like to ask you to highlight the media value of your message during your presentation. 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.

Register your proposal

Are you keen to give your research presentation to a critical audience? Then register your proposal before March 18th 2020. Mid-April we will announce which presentations will be included in the programme. Register your research proposal for Bessensap 2020 here! 


We select the most mediagenic and newsworthy entries for a presentation at Bessensap. To improve your chances of being included in the programme, we ask you to include a video clip in which you explain your proposal in more detail (max. 2 minutes) and demonstrate your presentation skills. A link to an existing video is also allowed.

Research stories that are not selected, will be brought to the attention in another way. Your submission is therefore always useful.


The science communicators of the University of Twente know what is most compelling to the audience of Bessensap, how you make an attractive text with a catchy title, and shooting videos. Do you want help with your proposal? Get in contact with the person below.

Source: website NWO

drs. J.G.M. van den Elshout (Janneke)
Press relations (available Mon-Fri)