Kick-off PD event 6 July / A report

On Wednesday 6 July 2022, the Taskforce and the Board of the PD pilot in Art and Creative sector organized an event for all involved in the pilot PD. The aim of the meeting was to have a substantive discussion on artistic and design research in PD, and to discuss a number of practical matters for the start of the pilot. Location: Reinwardt AHK in Amsterdam.

The kick-off meeting was opened with the installation of the graduate committee; 15 professors from the participating Universities of Applied Sciences who jointly monitor the quality of the PD projects. At the start of their installation meeting, they were addressed by members of the administrative working group for PD; Bert Verveld and René Bosma (blue jacket). Bert opened the meeting festively by cutting the PD cake.

The PD taskforce has compiled the programme of the event and hosted various sessions. From left tot right; Anke Coumans, Liesbet van Zoonen (chair) and Michel van Dartel.

Chris Salter is an artist and professor at Concordia University Montreal and at Zurich University of the Arts. He explores the borders between the senses, art, design and new technologies through large-scale installations as well as books, critical writings and lectures on the international scene. He has written extensively about Research-Creation in the Arts.

In his keynote at the kick-off event Chris extensively shared the 20 years of experience he has with similar research programmes in Canada.

The lecture slides can be found in the download section of this website.

A series of presentations about various PhD programmes in the Netherlands were given by Sabine Niederer (ARIAS), Jeroen Boomgaard (Rietveld), Sara Strandvad (GRASP), Anke Hartmann (PhDArts), Christoph Rausch (MERIAN), Joost Vanmaele (docArtes) and Nienke Scholts (THIRD).

Frank van der Zwan (kwartiermaker PD for Vereniging Hogescholen/VH) presented the steps taken until now by VH to make a PD possible in all domains of Universities of Applied Sciences. He also talked about steps to be taken to get the required legal status for the degree. Finally Frank was able to share some positive news about government funding for the PD.

Frank showed us the report VH published about the PD (left picture) and at the end taskforce representative Anke Coumans surprised Frank with the first copy of the printed programme report of the PD programme Kunst + Creatief

Frank’s slideshow can be found in the download section of this website.

The PD programme Kunst + Creatief is published on this website. A printed copy can be obtained by sending an email with your address to

More information about the VH report >>>

In one of the final sessions Bert Verveld interviewed representatives of different funding organizations about expected possibilities for PD funding. Lefthand picture from left to right: Marieke Ladru and Syb Groeneveld (Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie), Bart Ashmann (CLICKNL) and Johannes van der Vos (SIA).

All pictures of this event: Zoë Sluijs, Den Bosch

Published: 11 July 2022