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  • 30 September 2022

    News from the Institute for Neuroscience: what is the effect of hierarchy on moral behavior?

    Researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience show that powerful hierarchical situations make it easier to commit harmful actions, as agency and empathy are split across multiple individuals.

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  • 26 September 2022

    Bob Pinedo Cancer Care Award 2022 for Laurence Zitvogel

    Laurence Zitvogel is receiving this year’s Bob Pinedo Cancer Care Award for her pioneering research and passionate commitment to improving the quality of treatment and care for cancer patients.

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  • 26 September 2022

    Action needed now so scientists are ready for the next pandemic

    To be properly prepared for future large-scale infectious disease outbreaks, Dutch scientists need to better cooperate, both within and beyond their discipline. They also need to share research data with one another more frequently. In a new advisory report, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW, “the Academy”) argues that policymakers and knowledge institutions have an important role to play in making this possible. According to the Academy, by already creating the right conditions right now, scientists can get straight to work if the situation calls for it.

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  • 13 September 2022

    Our microbes, our health: Current research on the human microbiome

    We are colonized from birth by myriads of microbes in and on our body that constitute our microbiome. Numerous studies have shown that the composition and activity of our microbiome in various body sites are associated with health and disease.

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  • 13 September 2022

    Seven new research projects awarded grants from the Academy Institutes Research Fund

    Seven new research projects have been awarded grants from the Academy Institutes Research Fund. The projects include those concerning climate change and soil quality, data availability and re-use, and manipulation of public opinion on social media.

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  • 8 September 2022

    Climate research initiative in the Netherlands needed to achieve a climate-neutral society

    Climate scientists, united in a temporary advisory body set up by NWO and KNAW, are recommending that a ‘Dutch Climate Research Initiative’ (Klimaatonderzoek Initiatief Nederland – KIN) be established as soon as possible. The objective of the new DCRI is to make a substantial contribution to accelerating the transformations needed to achieve a sustainable, climate-neutral society by 2050. The Task Force report published today details the potential design and function of the KIN.

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  • 6 September 2022

    New release: A beginner's guide to Dutch academia online edition

    In 2018 The Young Academy produced a guide for foreign researchers who would like to work in the Netherlands. Today 6 September 2022 we present the revised and updated online edition.

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  • 23 August 2022

    Press release Hubrecht Institute: Optimization of human small intestinal organoids

    Researchers from the Organoid group (formerly the Clevers group) have improved human small intestinal organoids – miniature versions of the small intestine. This will help them to better study the functioning of the small intestine during health and disease. Specifically, the researchers managed to develop organoids that contain mature Paneth cells, which were not present in the previous human small intestinal organoids. The results of the study were published on the 23rd of August 2022 in Cell Stem Cell.

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  • 14 July 2022

    Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences: advisory report on social safety in academia

    To combat inappropriate behaviour at academic institutions, much more needs to be done in the way of prevention. The current approach focuses mainly on handling complaints, but social safety at universities and research institutes can only really be improved by making workplace behaviour a systematic subject of discussion.

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  • 5 July 2022

    Long-term strategic vision needed to deal with impact of pandemic on academia

    Like the rest of society, the world of academia was turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic. In its report The pandemic academic, published on 5 July, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences surveys the impact of the crisis on academia.  Which of the changes brought about by the pandemic do we wish to retain, and which not?  The report also looks in depth at how pandemic impacted trust in academic research and the relationship between academia, society and politics.

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  • 16 June 2022

    Brenda Penninx new vice president Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

    Brenda Penninx is to be the new vice president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences effective 1 September. She succeeds Marileen Dogterom, who became president of the Academy on 1 June. Brenda Penninx is professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology at VU Amsterdam and Amsterdam UMC (VUmc location) and will combine this position with her work as vice president of the Academy.

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  • 2 June 2022

    Lorentz Medal awarded to physicist Daan Frenkel

    Daan Frenkel, emeritus professor at the University of Cambridge, is receiving the award from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences for his pioneering and innovative work in theoretical physics.

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  • 12 May 2022

    Royal Academy selects 22 members

    The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has elected 22 new members, including three foreign members. Academy members, leading researchers from across all the disciplines, are selected for their scientific and scholarly achievements.

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  • 22 April 2022

    National platform for Ukrainian scientists

    Knowledge institutions and the AcademicTransfer career platform are launching the nationwide platform for Ukrainian refugee scientists: AcademicsNLforUkraine. This is where the national offer of guest workplaces and research facilities, such as labs and workshops, will be located for temporary use by Ukrainian researchers.

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  • 4 March 2022

    Dutch knowledge institutions suspend partnerships with Russia and Belarus

    The Russian military assault on Ukraine has profoundly shocked knowledge institutions in the Netherlands, as represented by Universities of the Netherlands, the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Dutch Research Council, the Dutch Federation of University Medical Centres and The Young Academy.

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  • 28 February 2022

    KNAW-response to the military invasion of Ukraine

    In response to last week’s military invasion of Ukraine by Russia, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) joins its fellow academies in All European Academies (ALLEA) and wholeheartedly underwrites the below statement made by the ALLEA presidency in support of Ukraine, its citizens, its academics, and its academic Institutions.

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  • 1 September 2020

    New national action plan for diversity and inclusion

    In the national action plan for greater diversity and inclusion in scientific education and research, Ingrid van Engelshoven, the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science, presents ambitions and actions to create an inclusive, diverse and safe learning and working environment. This action plan means that the Dutch scientific education and research sector, together with the government, is taking the next step in the area of diversity and inclusion.

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