(Closed) Event manager & Communication officer

Application Deadline: 5th of March 2023
Possible start date: 1st April
Duration: 3+ years,
Job location: Agro Business Park 10, Wageningen
Brutto monthly salary (starting from): €3.111
Job type: event manager, communication strategy, media campaigns, multimedia production, public relations
Fields: communication science, marketing, PR, multimedia
Employer: OpenGeoHub foundation

Job description

OpenGeoHub foundation is a not-for-profit research foundation with headquarters at the Agro Business Park, Wageningen, the Netherlands. We aim to become world experts in producing global and regional spatial predictions of soil, vegetation and climatic variables. For this, we use high performance computing / optimisation and state-of-the-art machine learning. OpenGeoHub leads the Horizon Europe projects Open-Earth-Monitor (2022–2026); leads production of the environmental data for the AI4SoilHeatlh project (2023–2026) and the Land Carbon Lab project (WRI). We usually publish our video materials on; blog posts on Medium and similar.

We have an active role in various European projects, where we manage the communication and dissemination activities drawing on our decennial experience in organizing and hosting capacity building and networking events to encourage and connect young researchers, and most of all, to create a more inclusive scientific world!
Every year, since 2007, we have organized and hosted the OpenGeoHub Summer School; a five-day event rich in lectures, workshops and social activities to help young researchers improve their programming skills, connect them with peer networks, and to encourage them to make their research more open and reproducible. We aim especially at empowering researchers from under-represented groups (e.g. those from ODA recipient countries and female researchers). We aim therefore to improve our ability to communicate science and to reach out to a broader range of audiences.

OpenGeoHub foundation is looking for a skilled and proactive event manager & communication officer that will lead the events, communication and public relations of the organization, along the current projects. The event manager & communication officer will work closely with the communication officer in organizing the work, preparing strategies and reports, implementing outreach activities for various European and international projects, as well as taking care of Public and Media Relations. Your field of activities would cover:

  1. Event management: organizing and assisting in the implementation of hybrid and in-person (international) events, such as project meetings and conferences, science webinars and interviews; this will include hands-on activities with professional video-recording equipment, meeting and networking with a variety of actors and guests, helping in the logistics and organizational aspects; managing logistics, people and communications leading up to, during and after the event;
  2. Communication and PR: Co-creation and implementation of communication and dissemination strategies for various European projects that deal with topics ranging from environmental science and soil health to health science and ecosystem restoration. This may include oversight of social media channels via their editorial plans, website design and maintenance, production of newsletters, writing blog articles, producing videos and designing graphic materials and publish them via professional systems; contributing to coordination of the communication team, organizing and executing workflows, strategizing media campaigns and distributing workloads; reporting to the management team to discuss event organization, PR strategies, and budgets;
  3. Business development: producing market analysis, mapping key actors and end-users; supporting OpenGeoHub business strategies with the aim of increasing the visibility and online presence of the organization through the development of creative and targeted communication and/or marketing strategies. This includes  market / audience research, media monitoring, evaluation and adaptation strategies, contacting Philanthropic organizations, mapping opportunities and suggesting a preliminary strategy for fundraising.

Specific additional tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Frequent event related travel;
  • Communicating and representing OpenGeoHub and other affiliated businesses with Dutch and EU institutions;
  • Organization of events including OpenGeoHub summer schools, hackathons and workshops;
  • Proofreading articles, papers, presentations (Google Slides, Miro, Canva) and reports;
  • Contribution to communications materials, strategies, social media and other outreach activities;

You would manage events (workshops, conferences, training sessions) and help with communication activities of large international projects that gather researchers and groups of world leaders in their fields. OpenGeoHub works closely with IIASA (, Wageningen University (Laboratory of Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing), The Woodwell Climate Research Center, Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry (Biogeochemical Integration Department), Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi) / University of Münster, GFZ Helmholtz German Research Centre for Geosciences,, and many other organizations. Our clients / collaborating organizations also include: The Nature Conservancy, UNCCD, World Resources Institute, Conservation International and others.

“Do you enjoy organizing events and getting people connected? Are you creative with a soft-spot for science & communication? Come join us at OpenGeoHub!”

Your profile

Minimum requirements:

  • You have an MSc degree in the field of communication, marketing and/or graphic design; combined with a background or interest/passion in science communication or environmental campaigning would be very welcome.
  • You have min. 2 years experience in a communication office.
  • You have an excellent verbal and written command of the English language. A working experience in an international context is a plus.
  • You have experience crafting effective communication strategies, in creating website content and in managing other communication channels, such as social media and newsletters.  Having experience for a company or a not-for-profit organization is a plus!
  • You have a graphic eye and enjoy producing multimedia materials (video editing and graphic design skills are highly desirable).
  • You have experience using Adobe Creative and similar programmes.
  • You are comfortable in taking responsibilities and coordinating a team of 3-4 persons. 
  • You are available to travel for the events.
  • You are available to work full time (38 hours) in our offices in Wageningen (in person).
  • You are a team player, and enjoy working in close collaboration with colleagues.



Questions regarding this position can be directed to Léa Zamuner, email:

Applications, including: (1) a CV, (2) a statement of your interest (PDF letter,  or a presentation in PDF format), and (3) self-assessment based on the minimum requirements, should be uploaded via this link. Please prepare all admin documents as a PDF before submitting the application.

Our offer:

We offer a full-time position for 3 years, with possible extension, within a very stimulating international innovation and research environment. You will work in a dynamic work environment with enthusiastic colleagues usually from a variety of countries.

  • Starting salary will be: €3.111 gross per month with possible bonuses;
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary;
  • Minimum of 29 holidays if in full-time employment;
  • Professional and personal development programs;

We are a truly international research institute promoting equal opportunities and focused on enabling inclusivity. We strongly encourage a high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating with other colleagues. Flexi-hours and occasional remote working are also possible upon agreement with the OpenGeoHub Management Board.

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