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  • The academic year is too long and too full Sep 06, 2021

    The Dutch academic year is exceptionally long. This causes a high work pressure for instructors and students and leaves little time for research and other core scientific duties. The Young Academy compared the Dutch academic year with other countries and is making concrete recommendations for improvement.

  • New CRISPR/Cas9 technique corrects cystic fibrosis in cultured human stem cells Aug 10, 2021

    Researchers from the group of Hans Clevers (Hubrecht Institute) corrected mutations that cause cystic fibrosis in cultured human stem cells. In collaboration with the UMC Utrecht and Oncode Institute, they used a technique called prime editing to replace the ‘faulty’ piece of DNA with a healthy piece. The study, published in Life Science Alliance on August 9th, shows that prime editing is safer than the conventional CRISPR/Cas9 technique.

  • Cultural historian Dirk van Miert new director of Huygens ING Jun 29, 2021

    Dirk van Miert, Associate Professor of Early Modern Cultural History at Utrecht University, has been appointed the new director of the Huygens ING, an Academy research institute dedicated to the study of history and culture, effective 1 October. He succeeds Lex Heerma van Voss, who is retiring.

  • Diana Suhardiman appointed KITLV director Jun 17, 2021

    Diana Suhardiman, expert on land and water governance and Research Group Leader at the International Water Management Institute, has been appointed director of the KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies effective 1 January 2022. KITLV is part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr Suhardiman succeeds Gert Oostindie, who became the institute’s director in 2001 and who is retiring at the end of this year.

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