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Prestigious fellowship Sarah de Rijcke at TU Munich

December 16th, 2015

Sarah de Rijcke has been appointed as Anna Boyksen Fellow at the TUM Institute for Advanced Study (TUM-IAS) for the period of 2016-2018.

The TUM-IAS is the key feature of the TUM's institutional strategy to promote top-level research in the Excellence Initiative by the German federal and state governments. TUM-IAS awards Fellowships to distinguished researchers and gives them the necessary time and financial support to explore new venues, to develop novel research areas and to establish intensive international collaborations.

Target Group of the Anna Boyksen fellowships are outstanding scientists from outside TUM who intend to explore gender- and diversity-relevant problems with regard to the natural and engineering sciences together with a TUM research group.

The fellowship period will be devoted to prolonging the collaboration with prof. Ruth Müller at the Munich Centre for Technology in Society (MCTS, TUM). The joint project for the Anna Boyksen Fellowship will analyze interactions between evaluation criteria and knowledge production in the engineering sciences.


  • Provide an overview of existing evaluation procedures and policy initiatives for the engineering sciences in the Netherlands and Germany;
  • Identify best practices on the basis of secondary document analysis;
  • Develop a suitable empirical approach to analyze the particular values enacted in evaluation systems in the engineering sciences, and the (positive, adverse) effects of performance indicators on knowledge production in engineering.
  • Carry out an in-depth project in the engineering sciences on the basis of this empirical approach. The study will most likely be comparative and will consist of at least two case studies in our respective national contexts.
  • Draw out differences between the new findings and results from our own previous research in the life sciences, social sciences and law.
  • Integrate these analyses into refined ways for responsible application of evaluative metrics in engineering fields.
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