Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken presents Heineken Prizes for Science and Art

29 September 2016

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken presented the Heineken Prizes for Science and Art this afternoon to Jennifer Doudna, Stephen Jackson, Georgina Mace, Judith Herrin, Elizabeth Spelke and Yvonne Dröge Wendel.

The Heineken Prizes are the largest international research prizes in the Netherlands and are awarded every other year. The winners are selected by juries consisting of leading international researchers put together by the Academy.

The Heineken Prizes amount to USD 200,000 each. The Heineken Prize for Art consists of EUR 50,000 and EUR 50,000 to be spent on a publication or exhibition.

The Heineken Prizes are named after Dr Henry P. Heineken (1886-1971); Dr Alfred H. Heineken (1923-2002) and Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken (1954), chair of the Dr H.P. Heineken Foundation and the Alfred Heineken Fondsen Foundation, which finance the Heineken Prizes.

Left to right Elizabeth Spelke, Georgina Mace, Judith Herrin, Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken, Stephen Jackson, José van Dijck, Yvonne Dröge Wendel, Jennifer Doudna (Photo Frank van Beek) (Click the photo to enlarge)

Jennifer Doudna, Professor of Biomedical Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley (US), will receive the 2016 Dr H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics for her pioneering research into the structure and functioning of RNA molecules and RNA protein complexes.

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Stephen (Steve) Jackson, Professor of Biology at the University of Cambridge (UK), will receive the 2016 Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Medicine for his fundamental research into DNA repair in human cells and for the successful application of knowledge of that process in the development of new cancer drugs.

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Georgina Mace, Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems at University College London (UK), will receive the 2016 Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences for developing scientific criteria for the world’s most comprehensive list of threatened species and for establishing priorities for nature conservation.

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Judith Herrin, Emeritus Professor of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies at King’s College London (UK), will receive the 2016 Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for History for her groundbreaking research into Medieval cultures in Mediterranean civilisations and for establishing the crucial significance of the Byzantine Empire in history.

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Elizabeth Spelke, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, Cambridge (US), will receive the 2016 C.L. de Carvalho-Heineken Prize for Cognitive Sciences for her pioneering research into the cognitive development of infants.

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Yvonne-Droge-Wendel-300-foto-yussi-puikkonen.jpgDutch visual artist Yvonne Dröge Wendel was awarded the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art 2016. The international jury has praised Wendel’s work for its originality, inventiveness and vitality.

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Heineken Young Scientists Awards

At the same event, the five Heineken Young Scientist Awards (EUR 10,000 each) were presented to five young Dutch researchers: microbiologist Edze Westra, biomedical scientist Mariëtte Boon, ecologist Wouter Halfwerk, historian Karwan Fatah-Black, and neuroscientist Jasper Poort.

The Heineken Young Scientists Awards offer encouragement to talented young researchers. They are awarded every other year to promising researchers whose outstanding work sets an example for others of their generation.


Left to right: José van Dijck, Edze Westra, Mariëtte Boon, Alexander de Carvalho, Karwan Fatah-Black, Louisa de Carvalho, Wouter Halfwerk, and Jasper Poort (Photo Frank van Beek) (Click the photo to enlarge)

Edze Westra, research fellow at the University of Exeter (United Kingdom)
Dr E.R. Westra (32) is receiving the 2016 Heineken Young Scientists Award for Biochemistry and Biophysics for his cross-disciplinary study of CRISPR-Cas, a natural adaptive immune system in bacteria.

Mariëtte Boon, researcher at Leiden University Medical Centre
Dr M.R. Boon (27) is receiving the 2016 Heineken Young Scientist Award for Medicine for her research on ‘brown fat’, a special type of fat cell that converts glucose and lipids into body heat.

Wouter Halfwerk, assistant professor at VU University Amsterdam
Dr W. Halfwerk (35) is receiving the 2016 Heineken Young Scientists Award for Environmental Sciences for his creative research on how humans alter communication between animals in nature.

Karwan Fatah-Black, assistant professor at Leiden University
Dr K.J. Fatah-Black (35) is receiving the 2016 Heineken Young Scientists Award for History for his study of Dutch formal and informal transatlantic trade in the Golden Age, especially the trade in slaves.

Jasper Poort, researcher at University College London
Dr J. Poort (33) is receiving the 2016 Heineken Young Scientists Award for Cognitive Sciences for his research on how our brain takes rapid decisions by focusing on the most important information available.