Academy selects seventeen new members

21 May 2014

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has selected seventeen new members. Academy members are prominent researchers active in all the disciplines. New members are nominated by peers from within and outside the Academy.

New members are nominated by peers from within and outside the Academy. The Academy has approximately five hundred members, divided between its Humanities and Social Sciences Division and its Science Division. Members are appointed for life. The new members will be installed on Monday 8 September 2014 at the Trippenhuis Building, the Academy’s headquarters.

The new members of the Academy are:

Wil van der Aalst (born 1966), Eindhoven University of Technology, has pioneered new methods and techniques for designing and analysing business processes. His work is internationally renowned. He makes use of process mining, a relatively new field that combines data mining and process modelling. The rapid growth of big data makes his scientific approach vital to process management within companies, institutions and other organisations. He is one of the most cited computer scientists in the world.

Wiep van Bunge (born 1960), Erasmus University Rotterdam, specialises in early modern philosophy and the intellectual history of the seventeenth century. His research has allowed us to look at the work of Spinoza and later kindred spirits in a new light. Van Bunge is particularly interested in the context of their work – i.e. political and religious events within the Dutch Republic – and the influence of their writings on the early Enlightenment.

Cornelia van Duijn (born 1962), Erasmus Medical Centre, has conducted trailblazing research in the field of genetic epidemiology. She combines genetic research in families with large-scale population studies. The aim is to identify the genes involved in complex neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Creutzfeldt-Jacob and glaucoma.

Carel Faber (born 1962), Utrecht University and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, works in the field of algebraic geometry. He is particularly interested in moduli spaces of curves, which play an important role in various branches of mathematics. Faber has studied several aspects of moduli spaces and has conducted ground-breaking research in this field.
Heino Falcke (born 1966), Radboud University Nijmegen, investigates the nature of black holes and the gas jets in their vicinity. His research combines astrophysics and particle physics. Using concrete observations, he confirmed his theory that high-energy cosmic radiation is detectable using the LOFAR radio telescope. He recently developed the theory that it must be possible to detect a ‘shadow’ of a black hole using radio frequencies, and plans to test it experimentally.

Rainer Goebel (born 1964), Maastricht University and the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, has conducted pioneering research in the fields of cognitive neuroscience and brain imaging. He is the developer of Brainvoyager, an fMRI data analysis software tool that allows for real-time visualisation of brain activity and of parts of the brain. Among other things, the tool enables patients suffering from depression or Parkinson’s disease to treat themselves using neurofeedback based on fMRI data from their own brains.

Jacob Goeree (born 1966), foreign member, University of Zürich, is well known for his research on auctions and how they operate. The way in which he links economic theory, experimental research and practical policymaking makes his work original, innovative and unique. Goeree uses his expertise to advise governments and others on how to optimise auction and market design, for example in order to reduce CO2 emissions.

Paul ’t Hart (born 1963), Utrecht University and Netherlands School of Government, operates at the interface between public administration, political science and psychology. He is an internationally renowned expert in the field of crisis management and political and government elites. He is one of the founders of the Netherlands’ Crisis Research Centre (COT). He is currently conducting research on public leadership.

Albert Heck (born 1964), Utrecht University, studies the effects and properties of proteins. Cells have more proteins than genes, and they are responsible for most of the processes of the human body. Heck analyses how proteins work together and how they become active or inactive, research that also reveals more about the effectiveness of medicines.

Kees Hengeveld (born 1957), University of Amsterdam, has acquired national and international acclaim with his research on functional discourse grammar and language typology. His work is theoretically innovative and has strong empirical underpinnings. He has supervised a large number of young researchers and created his own school of modern linguistics, inspiring many others in the process.

Mikhail Katsnelson (born 1957), Radboud University Nijmegen, is one of the leading researchers worldwide in the area of theoretical solid state physics. He has made important contributions to understanding strongly correlated systems and magnetism. He also contributed to a series of publications about the fundamental properties of graphene, making an important theoretical contribution to Nobel Prize-winning research in this area.

Tanja van der Lippe (born 1963), Utrecht University, studies the relationship between work and family. How do employees and family members on the one hand and employers on the other deal with the demands of working and family life and the frequent conflicts between them? And what are the implications for gender inequality and the wellbeing of men and women, both in the Netherlands and beyond? Van der Lippe has tackled these questions from an entirely new perspective by combining insights from sociology, economics and psychology.

Alexander van Oudenaarden (born 1970), Hubrecht Institute, UMC Utrecht and Utrecht University, studies how cells use gene and protein networks to make decisions. His group is mainly interested in how single cells make the right decisions even in the presence of large, disruptive fluctuations within and outside the cell.

Stefan Schouten (born 1966), Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) and Utrecht University, has made an original contribution to the paleoenvironmental reconstructions by developing organic geochemical proxies for the marine paleotemperature. He has developed methods to reconstruct key climate parameters, for example the temperature of seawater in the distant past. He plays a role of major significance in the international field of organic geochemistry.

Ton van der Steen (born 1964), Erasmus Medical Centre and Delft University of Technology, works at the interface between medicine and technology. He is using new techniques to attempt to detect atherosclerotic plaques. Plaque causes the arteries to narrow. A ruptured artery can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Van der Steen works with ultrasound and other technologies to improve heart disease treatment.

Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade (born 1954), Leiden University, has acquired an eminent international reputation within the field of English historical sociolinguistics. Her research focuses on the formation of the rules of English grammar at the tail end of the language’s standardisation process, i.e. codification (grammar books) and prescription (style guides). In her research, she makes frequent use of private letters from the period.

Chris de Zeeuw (born 1960), Erasmus Medical Centre and the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, wants to understand how the memory works. He is focusing on the nerve cells in the cerebellum responsible for learning and the effect of their electrical activity on movement. He is also looking at the impact of genetic mutations on the learning process and potential clinical applications.