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.
Geneticist and physician Hans Clevers (born in 1957) will succeed Robbert Dijkgraaf as President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) on 1 June. Clevers is currently the Director of the Academy?s Hubrecht Institute for Developmental Biology and Stem Cell Research and Professor of Molecular Genetics at University Medical Centre Utrecht (UMCU). The official hand-over will take place during the annual Academy Afternoon Session on Tuesday 5 June.
Two students, seven PhD candidates and a post-doctoral student will be meeting more than 25 Nobel laureates in early July during the 62nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. This year?s meetings will focus on physics.
François Hammer and Ieke Moerdijk will be awarded the Descartes-Huygens Prize on 3 April 2012. They are receiving the prize for their outstanding research and their contribution to Franco-Dutch relations. The Descartes-Huygens Prize (EUR 23,000) is intended to cover the cost of their research residence in the Netherlands and France respectively. The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences awarded the first annual Descartes-Huygens Prize in 1995.