On 27 September 2012, His Royal Highness The Prince of Orange presented the Heineken Prizes for Art and Sciences to Titia de Lange, Peter Struycken, Hans Clevers, William Laurance, Geoffrey Parker and John Duncan.
He also presented the Heineken Young Scientists Awards for talented young researchers. The winners of these Heineken Young Scientists Awards 2012 are Geert van den Bogaart, Linda van Laake, Tjisse van der Heide, Uğur Ümit Üngör and Floris de Lange.
Speech on the 'usefulness of useless research' and the importance of scientific freedom by His Royal Highness The Prince of Orange at the 2012 Heineken Prizes Award Ceremony at the Beurs van Berlage Building in Amsterdam, 27 September 2012
Dr. H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics
Titia de Lange, professor at Rockefeller University in New York (United States), received the Dr. H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics for her research on telomeres, the protective DNA sequences located at the tips of chromosomes, which play an important role in such processes as ageing and cancer.
Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Art
Peter Struycken, artist in Gorinchem (Netherlands), received the Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Art for the methodical way in which he has used shapes, colours and processes in his innovative and appealing works of art for the past fifty years. Familiar examples are his arcade lighting for the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam, his undulating Blue Waves pavement in Arnhem, and his design for a postage stamp bearing a portrait of Dutch Queen Beatrix constructed of shifted dots.
Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Medicine
Hans Clevers, former director of the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht, President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, received the Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Medicine for his unique understanding of how tissue growth is regulated, both in normal development and in cancer.
Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences
William Laurance, professor at James Cook University in Cairns (Australia), received the Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences for his research on the effects of habitat fragmentation, deforestation, hunting and fire on the vulnerable Amazon region. He also plays a major role as a science communicator in the public debate on the preservation of the South American rainforest.
Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for History
Geoffrey Parker, professor at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio (United States), received the Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for History for his outstanding scholarship on the social, political and military history of Europe between 1500 and 1650, in particular Spain, Philip II, and the Dutch Revolt; for his contribution to military history in general; and for his research on the role of climate in world history.
Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Cognitive Science
John Duncan, assistant director of the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge (United Kingdom), received the Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Cognitive Science for his remarkable innovative, multidisciplinary research into the relationships between psychology, behaviour and intelligence on the one hand and neural processes on the other. His concepts have become a cornerstone of cognitive neuroscience.
Heineken Young Scientists Awards 2012
Geert van den Bogaart (31) received the Heineken Young Scientists Award for Biochemistry and Biophysics for his research on cell biology problems.
Linda van Laake (32) received the Heineken Young Scientists Award for Medicine for her research on regeneration of the heart with embryonic stem cells.
Uğur Ümit Üngör (31) received the Heineken Young Scientists Award for History for his historical-sociological research on mass violence, nationalism, and the creation of states.
Tjisse van der Heide (32) received the Heineken Young Scientists Award for Environmental Sciences for his research on the role of sea grasses and similar “ecosystem engineers” in the marine inter-tidal area.
Floris de Lange (34) received the Heineken Young Scientists Award for Cognitive Science for his research on visual perception and motorial imagery.