Jochem de Bresser wins Christiaan Huygens Science Award for Mathematics

9 October 2017

On 9 October 2017, Jochem de Bresser received the Christiaan Huygens Science Award for his PhD research in 2013. ‘His doctoral thesis, which focused on expectations and goals associated with pensions, is extremely valuable both for scholarship and society,’ according to jury chairperson Jan Kiviet.

The Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Ms Jet Bussemaker, presented the award to De Bresser for his doctoral research, which he carried out at Tilburg University’s Center for Economic Research in 2013. ‘His doctoral thesis is extremely valuable both for scholarship and society. It is very well written. His studies have already had the necessary impact and will continue to do so, certainly in the foreseeable future,’ said jury chairperson Jan Kiviet. The award, a bronze statuette and a cash prize of EUR 10,000 euros, was presented to De Bresser in the Oude Kerk in Voorburg.

Jochem de Bresser

Jochem de Bresser (born in Utrecht on 26 February 1986) received his PhD on 19 December 2013 from Tilburg University’s Center for Economic Research, for his thesis Between Goals and Expectations: Essays on Pensions and Retirement. His PhD supervisors were Arthur van Soest and Frederic Vermeulen. De Bresser is an assistant professor in the Econometry & Operations Research department at Tilburg University, the same university from which he graduated cum laude in economics in 2010. Prior to his MA, he earned a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences (graduating summa cum laude) at Utrecht University’s Roosevelt Academy.

Honourable mentions

The jury

The jury for the Christiaan Huygens Science Award is appointed annually and consists of Academy members. The chairperson this year was Jan Kiviet, Professor of Econometrics at the University of Amsterdam The other members were Eric van Damme, Professor of Micro-economics at Tilburg University and Peter Leeflang, Professor of Marketing at the University of Groningen.

About the Christiaan Huygens Science Award

The Christiaan Huygens Science Award is presented annually to a researcher whose doctoral research has made an important and socially relevant contribution to science. Each year, the award is presented in one of the disciplines – mathematics, physics or astronomy – that owe their development to the work of Dutch mathematician and scientist Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695).

Support

In any given year, the competition and the award presentation are sponsored by an organisation that is closely involved in the discipline in which the award is being made. This year, that organisation is Aegon. In addition to Aegon, Shell and ESA/ESTEC also support the work of the Christiaan Huygens Science Award Foundation.