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About the KNAW

The Academy is the forum, the voice and the conscience of science in the Netherlands. Its institutes lead the way here and abroad with their research and collections. Its activities are based on the conviction that knowledge and creativity are the most important ingredients for well-being and prosperity.

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    Academy policy

    The Academy is required by law to adopt a strategic plan every four years. The policy for the years ahead is articulated in ‘Knowledge-based! Strategic Agenda for 2021-2025’.

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    Academy's duties

    The Academy’s duties are defined by law. Briefly, they are: to serve as a learned society representing the full spectrum of scientific and scholarly disciplines; to act as a management body for national research institutes; to advise the Dutch Government on matters related to scientific pursuit.

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    Organisation, board and management

    The Academy is both a learned society and an organisation of national research institutes. The Academy Board defines the overall policy and budget. The director general has overall responsibility for day-to-day management of the Academy. 

    Organisation, board and management

    Members of the Academy

    Since its inception, the Academy has been a learned society of outstanding Dutch scientists and scholars. Membership is awarded on the basis of scientific and scholarly achievement. Members are appointed for life.

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    The Young Academy

    The Young Academy is a dynamic and innovative platform of researchers active in a range of disciplines who have outspoken views about science and science 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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    Society of Arts

    The Society will give artists a place to share ideas with professionals in science and other artistic disciplines. They will focus on the role of the arts in society and the relationship between science and the arts. 

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    Scientific cooperation is indispensable for tackling the international challenges of our time. The Academy also wishes to increase the international influence of science on policy by linking scientific knowledge to current issues.

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    History of the Academy

    In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, governments throughout Europe founded national academies to promote science and scholarship and international cooperation in research. The Dutch institution, the present-day Academy, was founded in 1808.

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    The Trippenhuis

    The Trippenhuis Building on Amsterdam’s Kloveniersburgwal canal was built for the brothers Louys (1605–1684) and Hendrick Trip (1607–1666). The Academy has been associated with this remarkable building since its foundation.

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    Venue hire

    With its historic architecture, the Trippenhuis is an exceptional venue for your event. 

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