Royal Academy awards Beijerinck Virology Prizes

8 March 2013

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences will award the Beijerinck Virology Prize this afternoon to French virologist Felix Rey of the Institut Pasteur. The prize, a monetary award of EUR 35,000, is intended for an internationally acclaimed researcher. Stan Brouns of the Laboratory of Microbiology at Wageningen University will receive the Beijerinck Premium (EUR 25,000), intended for young, outstanding

Dutch researchers working in the field of virology. The Beijerinck Prizes will be awarded during the annual virology symposium at the Royal Academy’s headquarters in Amsterdam.

Dr Felix Rey is the Director of the Structural Virology Unit at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France. He is receiving the prize for his research in the field of structural virology, in particular his study of viral glycoproteins. The structure of viruses is extremely important for the way they interact with their hosts. A detailed knowledge of that structure is absolutely essential for the development of preventive vaccines and antiviral drugs.

Dr Stan Brouns, Assistant Professor with the Laboratory of Microbiology at Wageningen University, is receiving the 2013 Beijerinck Premium for his research into the bacterial system of immunity against viruses. He has published in Science and other journals about this conceptual breakthrough. Brouns has already been awarded Veni and Vici funding for his research by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.

The Royal Academy awards two Beijerinck Virology Prizes every other year, one to an internationally acclaimed researcher and the other to a Dutch post-doctoral researcher. The Beijerinck Prizes were established by the M.W. Beijerinck Virology Fund in memory of Dutch virologist Martinus Beijerinck (1851–1931). The Beijerinck Virology Prize was first awarded in 1965.

Foto Henk ThomasFelix Rey and chairman of the M.W. Beijerinck Virology Fund Kees Melief and Vice-president of the KNAW Ben Feringa

Foto Henk ThomasStan Brouns and chairman of the M.W. Beijerinck Virology Fund Kees Melief and Vice-president of the KNAW Ben Feringa