Five exemplary researchers receive Heineken Young Scientists Awards

8 May 2014

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has announced the names of five exemplary young researchers who will receive Heineken Young Scientists Awards in 2014.

The Academy’s juries, which earlier this month picked the winners of the Heineken Prizes, have awarded this year’s Heineken Young Scientists Awards to the following laureates working in similar research fields:

220x267_celia_berkersCelia Berkers, researcher at the Bijvoet Center for Biomolecular Research (Utrecht, Netherlands).
Dr C.R. Berkers (33) is receiving the 2014 Heineken Young Scientists Award for Biochemistry and Biophysics for her research into the workings of the proteasome, a structure that breaks down proteins in biological cells.

220x267_alexander_vlaarAlexander Vlaar, researcher at the Academic Medical Centre (Amsterdam, Netherlands).
Dr A.P.J. Vlaar (32) is receiving the 2014 Heineken Young Scientists Award for Medicine for his research into acute lung injury, a serious side effect of blood transfusions in IC patients.

220x267_rob_middagRob Middag, researcher at the University of Otago (Dunedin, New Zealand).
Dr R. Middag (30) is receiving the 2014 Heineken Young Scientists Award for Environmental Sciences for his highly productive research into trace metals in the world’s oceans.

220x267_irene_van_renswoudeIrene van Renswoude, researcher at the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands (The Hague, Netherlands).
Dr I. van Renswoude (46) is receiving the 2014 Heineken Young Scientists Award for History for her research into the freedom of expression in late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages.

220x267_martin_vinckMartin Vinck, researcher at Yale University (New Haven, USA).
Dr M. Vinck (30) is receiving the 2014 Heineken Young Scientists Award for Cognitive Science for his research into the role of electrical oscillation in cognitive processes.

Awards ceremony

The 2014 Heineken Young Scientists Awards will be presented on Thursday 2 October 2014 during a special meeting of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences at the Beurs van Berlage Building in Amsterdam. The Heineken Prizes will be presented there as well.

About the Heineken Young Scientists Awards

The Heineken Young Scientists Awards are meant as an encouragement for young and talented researchers. The Awards are presented at the same time as the Heineken Prizes. The winners are promising young researchers whose achievements set an example for other young scientists. They conduct their research in the same disciplines as the Heineken Prize winners. The Young Scientists Award consists of a piece of sculpture by Jeroen Henneman, an artist based in Amsterdam, and EUR 10,000.