President: Ineke Sluiter

Professor Ineke Sluiter, professor of Greek Language and Literature at Leiden University, has been the president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) since 1 June 2020. In addition to her work as vice-president Sluiter will continue her research at the Leiden University. 

Ineke Sluiter (born 1959) has held the Chair of Greek Language and Literature at Leiden University since 1998. Her research focuses on language, literature and public discourse in classical antiquity. Sluiter connects the concerns and interests of the ancient world to those of the present day, for example freedom of speech, education, and cultural identity.

From 2000 to 2011, she was the academic director of OIKOS, the national research school for classical studies in the Netherlands. She is the PI and designer of the national ‘Anchoring Innovation’ programme, which studies how innovation processes unfold and how societies come to accept innovation. Sluiter has continued as the head of this programme, the first Humanities project to be awarded a Gravitation Grant (2017). Sluiter is also one of the founders of Athena’s Angels, four female professors who have joined together to advocate equal opportunities for women academics. She also regularly seeks to improve the position of young researchers.

In 2010, Ineke Sluiter received the NWO’s Spinoza Prize and in 2016 the Academy’s Academy Professors Prize. She is a member of the Academy, the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities and the Academia Europaea, and is also a corresponding fellow of the British Academy.