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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. 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)


Dr Diederik Roest

(member since 20-03-2014)

Dr Diederik Roest
Dr Diederik Roest

Dr. Diederik Roest (1977) is assistant professor theoretical physics /string cosmology at the University of Groningen.

Roest is interested in the mathematical properties of the string theory, but he likes connect abstract theory with concrete experiments. An example of this is his research with which he wants to find out how clues for the existence of the string theory can be demonstrated through observation on the largest distance scales, like cosmic background radiation. Roest is hoping that the new measurement results of the Planck-satellite will contain clues of the fact that the string theory is indeed playing a role in nature. From the passion to also pass on complex science, Diederik Roest wants to contribute to the confidence in science.


Prof. Herman Paul

(member since 19-03-2013)

What kind of characteristics does a good scientist need? The research of historian Herman Paul (1978) focusses on the persona of the scientist and releases a lot of reactions.

For his project Paul is actively looking for international cooperation and also explains in the media why the project is (also) relevant for those who want to combat scientific fraud. The questions what (historical) science is and how you can practice science best, are central in his research. In two interview compilations with scientists – a genre that he would like to expand – he questioned colleagues in other academic fields about their way of thinking and behaving.


Prof. Irene Tieleman

(member since 19-03-2013)

Prof. Irene Tieleman
Prof. Irene Tieleman

Ecologist Irene Tieleman (1973) developed an own way of doing research during her study, that is recognized as unique throughout the world.

Her research focuses on the way how birds live and survive in a wide range of different environments and how birds cope with changes therein. The role of bacteria and fungus in the lives of birds is a playing an increasingly important role in her work. Fascinated by the interaction between organism and environment, she makes much use of knowledge outside ecology to get better insights in adaptation mechanisms. An example of this is that she succeeded to get a better view on thermodynamics of birds in blistering hot deserts through the miniaturization of electronics. As Rosalind Franklin Fellow of her university she is very aware of the importance of female role models for young scientific talent.

See also: Introfilmpje Irene Tieleman (in Dutch)


Alumni of De Jonge Akademie

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