Academy Medal for Robert-Jan Smits
Mar 20, 2017
Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General for Research and Innovation – European Commission, will receive the 2016 Academy Medal, awarded every other year by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of science in the Netherlands. The award will be presented in Amsterdam on Monday 29 May 2017.
Micro-organisms will help African farmers
Mar 14, 2017
Sorghum is the fifth most important cereal in the world. In sub-Saharan Africa, many farmers rely on this grain for food and feed. But Striga, a parasitic weed, can have a devastating impact on crop yield. With an 8-million-dollar grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, an international team will now explore the potential of soil microbes to offer crop protection. The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) is coordinating this 5-year project.
Academy Beijerinck Prize for American virologist Raul Andino
Feb 27, 2017
The Academy Beijerinck Virology Prize (EUR 35,000) has been awarded this year to Raul Andino, a virologist affiliated with the University of California in San Francisco. The Beijerinck Premium (EUR 25,000) goes to Marit van Gils, a promising AIDS researcher at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam.
United States travel ban seriously hinders free practice of science
Feb 10, 2017
The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and The Young Academy support the statements published by the International Council for Science (ICSU), the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) and EuroScience.