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The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences was founded in 1808 as an advisory body to the Dutch Government – a role that it continues to play today. The Academy derives its authority from the quality of its members, who represent the full spectrum of scientific and scholarly endeavour and are selected on the basis of their achievements. It is also responsible for seventeen internationally renowned institutes whose research and collections put them in the vanguard of Dutch science and scholarship.
As the forum, conscience, and voice of the arts and sciences in the Netherlands, the Academy promotes quality in science and scholarship and strives to ensure that Dutch scholars and scientists contribute to cultural, social and economic progress. As a research organisation, the Academy is responsible for a group of outstanding national research institutes. It promotes innovation and knowledge valorisation within these institutes and encourages them to cooperate with one another and with university research groups.
The Academy has described its policy for the 2010-2015 period in a strategic agenda entitled For Science and Scholarship – The Academy in the Knowledge-driven Society.Read more about the Academy's policy
The Academy is both a learned society and an organisation of national research institutes. The Academy Board defines the overall policy and budget. In 2005 The Young Academy has been set up. Day-to-day management and overall responsibility is entrusted to the director general. The director of research is responsible for the policy of the Academy's research division.Read more about our organisation and The Young Academy
Working for the Academy means working at the very heart of science and scholarship. Most of the Academy’s employees work for one of its seventeen research institutes. They either conduct research themselves or assist the researchers. The Academy adheres to the employment terms set out in the Collective Agreement for Universities in the Netherlands.Read more about working for the Academy
The seventeenth century saw the emergence of the “academy”, a learned society whose members worked for the advancement of science and scholarship.More about the Academy's history
Louys (1605-1684) and Hendrick Trip (1607-1666), the brothers who commissioned the building of the Trippenhuis, were arms dealers who established their firm Louys & Hendrick Trip ('Purveyors of Waepens, Artilleree, Shotte and Amunition of Werre') in Amsterdam.Read more about the Trippenhuis