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Members of De Jonge Akademie

The Young Academy is a dynamic and innovative group of top young scientists and scholars with outspoken views about science and scholarship and the related policy. The Young Academy organises inspiring activities for various target groups focusing on interdisciplinarity, science policy, and the interface between science and society.

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Dr. Nanna Hilton

Dr. Nanna Hilton
Dr. Nanna Hilton

Nanna Haug Hilton (1981) specializes in sociolinguistics. She actively involves the public in her research by, for example, conducting research together with non-researchers and using modern methods such as apps. In addition, she presents the UG podcast In de wetenschap and is working on two MOOCs. Hilton helped to devise the Bachelor’s degree programme in Minorities & Multilingualism at the UG, and was part of the small team that set up the Master’s programme in Multilingualism. On joining The Young Academy, Hilton intends to continue promoting citizen science projects in line with her research.

Dr. Marie-José van Tol

Dr. Marie-José van Tol
Dr. Marie-José van Tol

Marie-José van Tol (1980) is exploring the role of the brain and cognition in the development and continuation of mental disorders such as depression and anxiety, and specific symptoms including suicidal tendencies. She and her team aim to improve the treatment and prevention of mental problems by, for example, finding ways of predicting which treatment will work best for which groups of people. Van Tol is also a keen proponent of involving the general public in science and research. Working with the Netherlands Brain Foundation in 2017, she set up a public laboratory in which she demonstrated that people who are prone to irritability subconsciously focus more on negative information than on positive information. During her time at The Young Academy, Van Tol wants to explore the impact that major and minor collaborative grants have on young researchers. Earlier this year, Van Tol won the Heineken Young Scientist Award

Dr. Han Thomas Adriaenssen

Dr. Han Thomas Adriaenssen
Dr. Han Thomas Adriaenssen

Han Thomas Adriaenssen (1985) is one of the most talented young philosophers in the Netherlands. His work includes a book on the Mediaeval roots of the thought of René Descartes. He has also given lectures on the importance of looking not only at the great philosophers but at the less celebrated thinkers too. Adriaenssen has been voted lecturer of the year three times by the UG’s Faculty of Philosophy. Alongside philosophy, he studied Russian and Italian and is in intensive contact with secondary schools and their philosophy teachers. Adriaenssen has been a member of YAG since 2016, where his focus is on academic policy and fostering interdisciplinary research projects. He hopes also to work on these themes at the Young Academy. Cambridge University Press recently published Adriaenssen’s Representation and Scepticism from Aquinas to Descartes. More about Han Thomas Adriaenssen in this research minute film.

Dr. Bettina Reitz-Joosse

Dr. Bettina Reitz-Joosse
Dr. Bettina Reitz-Joosse

Bettina Reitz-Joosse (1984) studies how the Romans saw the world around them. She studies Latin texts on ancient buildings and monuments and the landscape. She hit world headlines when she and a colleague revealed that the Italian fascists under Mussolini had hidden a Latin message for the future under an obelisk in Rome. She won the Annual Science Communication Prize 2017 for the communication campaign surrounding the publication of her research into the Codex Fori Mussolini.

Prof. Lude Franke

(member as of 01-04-2017)

Prof. Lude Franke
Prof. Lude Franke

Lude Franke is Associate Professor in the field of genetics, mathematics, statistics and computing science at the Department of Genetics of the UG/University Medical Center Groningen. As a statistical geneticist, Franke concentrates on analyzing data about the genetics of complex diseases and autoimmune diseases (such as coeliac disease). His innovative research uses big data, and he is a strong advocate of the reuse of data. This strategy is not only cost-effective, it is also essential to be able to investigate and answer topical issues related to the field of functional genetics.


Dr Merel Keijzer

(member as of 01-04-2017)

Dr Merel Keijzer
Dr Merel Keijzer

Merel Keijzer is Assistant Professor at the Department of Applied Linguistics, where she specializes in the cognitive and language control of bilinguals across the lifespan, with a special focus on bilingualism and cognitive ageing. Employing both behavioural and neuroimaging techniques, she is particularly interested in establishing how patterns in individual bilingual language use affect the type and magnitude of cognitive advantage that is found in advanced age. She also studies how bilingual language use can be isolated from other factors that enhance cognitive reserve, such as musical training, stimulating social activities, and physical exercise.


Dr Erin Wilson

(member as of 01-04-2017)

Dr Erin Wilson
Dr Erin Wilson

Erin Wilson is a University Lecturer in Religion and Politics. Her research is at the interface where religious studies, international relations and philosophy meet, and aims to develop a new theoretical framework for the role of religion in issues in national and international politics. Her research in the fields of human rights, migration, gender equality and radicalization is regularly applied to national and international politics and policy documents as well as by practical experts in societal organizations.


Prof. Jan Willem Veening

(member since 26-03-2015)

Prof. Jan Willem Veening
Prof. Jan Willem Veening

Jan-Willem Veening (born 1978) and his multidisciplinary team study how Streptococcus pneumoniae - the bacterium responsible for pneumonia and other illnesses - reproduces, becomes a pathogen and develops a resistance to antibiotics. His research combines clever genetic tricks, synthetic biology and advanced microscopy in a way that is altogether unique in the world in his field. Veening is aware of the social impact of his work and regularly contributes to public discussion of synthetic biology, the use of antibiotics and other issues.

See also: Jan Willem Veening nieuw bij de Jonge Akademie (in Dutch)


Dr Martijn Wieling

(member since 26-03-2015)

Dr Martijn Wieling
Dr Martijn Wieling

Wieling (born 1981) combines linguistics with information science and statistics. Because he has narrowed the technical gap between dialectometry and sociolinguistics – two fields that were long separated – it has become possible to identify the interlocking influences of geography and social factors on language variation. He has taken his research into language variation in a new direction by using articulography – the 3D recording of speech-movement inside the mouth – to study tongue and lip movements during speech. This focus could help second-language learners improve their pronunciation in the foreign language. Wieling is a fierce advocate of open access and of sharing data and methods.

Se also: Martijn Wieling: nieuw bij De Jonge Akademie en Dialectverschil komt door de tong (both in Dutch)


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