Bessensap 2020

2020-06-12 09:00 | 2020-06-12 18:00

Bessensap 2020 will be an online event. More information on Bessensap 2020

On Friday June 12 we 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.

As a visitor to the event?

You are very welcome! Registration for Bessensap as a visitor is not possible yet. As soon as registration is open, we will let you know via the website, the NWO newsletter and twitter. We would like to point out that the program is partly in Dutch.


If you have any questions please contact Dennis Hoencamp or Sharmila Karia at

See you on 12 June!

The organization of Bessensap

Bessensap is organized by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) in collaboration with the Association for Science Journalism and Communication Netherlands (VWN).