- Outgoing Academy President Robbert Dijkgraaf knighted05-06-2012
- Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has made outgoing Academy President Robbert Dijkgraaf a Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte made the announcement today during a special annual meeting of the Academy. In his address, the prime minister also praised the quality of Dutch science and scholarship. Research Director Emmo Meijer of FrieslandCampina was awarded the 2012 Academy Medal, and Hans Clevers was installed as the new Academy president.
- Neuroscientists reveal connection between touch and emotion 04-06-2012
- A heterosexual man may experience a caress by a woman as divine and the same caress by a man as frightening. How does that work in the brain?
- Dutch research makes major contribution to sustainable development 31-05-2012
- The contribution of Dutch scientists to sustainable development is considerable, notes the Academy in its report Beyond RIO+20. The Netherlands is prominent in a wide variety of disciplines, including water management, agriculture, nutrition, environmental science and earth sciences. But the real strength of the Netherlands lies in its ability to make connections. Dutch researchers are skilled at international and multidisciplinary collaboration.
- William Beaumont Prize in Gastroenterology for Hans Clevers23-05-2012
- Hans Clevers has been awarded the William Beaumont Prize in Gastroenterology by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA). Hans Clevers is director of the Hubrecht Institute KNAW. On 1 June 2012 he will succeed Robbert Dijkgraaf as President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
- Sleep deficiency affects children?s brains differently 10-05-2012
- The prestigious journal Psychological Bulletin published the results of a major study this week on the importance of sleep for children. Researchers at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN-KNAW) and Leiden University analysed all the research on this subject carried out in the past one hundred years . Children who get less sleep have more behavioural problems, underperform at school, and have trouble carrying out complex tasks.
- Royal Academy selects fourteen new members09-05-2012
- The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has selected fourteen new members. The Academy?s membership is made up of prominent researchers active in every field of science and scholarship. New members are nominated by existing Academy members and by external parties.
- Conference 'Water management issues in Africa'03-05-2012
- From 28 to 31 March 2012, a conference was held in Réduit, Mauritius, called 'Water Management Issues in Africa'. The Network of African Science Academies (NASAC), the Academy and Leopoldina, the German National Academy of Sciences, organised this successful conference at which a total of 85 African researchers and policymakers came together to discuss in detail specific African subjects relating to water management.
- Learning mechanism of the adult brain revealed26-04-2012
- They say you can?t teach an old dog new tricks. Fortunately, this is not always true. Researchers at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN-KNAW) have now discovered how the adult brain can adapt to new situations. The Dutch researchers? findings are published on Wednesday in the prestigious journal 'Neuron'. Their study may be significant in the treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders such as epilepsy, autism and schizophrenia.
- Visit from Chinese Academy of Social Sciences24-04-2012
- On 19 April 2012 professor Wang Weiguang, executive vice President of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, visited the KNAW in Amsterdam.
- Royal Academy awards for Ewine van Dishoeck and Peter Hagoort04-04-2012
- The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has awarded the Academy Professor Prize to Ewine van Dishoeck, Professor of Molecular Astrophysics at Leiden University, and Peter Hagoort, Professor of Cognitive Neurosciences at Radboud University Nijmegen.
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