Ten new Young Academy members

13 November 2017

The Young Academy has selected ten new talented researchers to add to its ranks. The members are all exceptional researchers with a broad interest in scientific endeavour and science communication. Membership is for a five-year period. The new members will be officially inducted on 26 March 2018.

The ten new members of The Young Academy are:

Dr Han Thomas Adriaenssen (history of philosophy, University of Groningen)
Han Thomas Adriaenssen (born in 1985) is one of the most talented young philosophers in the Netherlands. His works include a book on the medieval roots in the thinking of René Descartes. He has also given lectures on the importance of considering less familiar thinkers and not only the great philosophers. Han Thomas Adriaenssen was chosen on three occasions as lecturer of the year at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Groningen. In addition to philosophy, he also studied Russian and Italian and maintains close contacts with secondary schools and their philosophy teachers. Han Thomas Adriaenssen has been part of the Young Academy of Groningen since 2016, where his work includes science policy and encouraging interdisciplinary research projects.

Dr Nadine Akkerman (English literature and cultural history, Leiden University)
Nadine Akkerman (born in 1978) researches civil wars and refugees in the early modern period and is mainly active in the field of women’s history. She was, for instance, the first to write a book on English female spies in the seventeenth century. She looks for interfaces between literature and history and between humanities and science. She uses, for example, advanced 3D x-ray scanners to read seventeenth century letters without having to open them or even touch them. She was also guest curator at various exhibitions for a wide public. Within The Young Academy, Nadine Akkerman wishes to work for a versatile and varied staff composition in Dutch research projects.

Dr Lisa Becking (marine biology, Wageningen University and Research)
As a marine biologist, Lisa Becking (born in 1978) studies sea life. She investigates how marine organisms adjust to changes in their environment and uses this knowledge for nature conservation. In Indonesia, she compares the development of sponges, jellyfish and shellfish in dozens of salt water lakes, which may be considered as natural laboratories for climate change. She also performs ecological studies to support nature policy in the Caribbean Netherlands, e.g. by helping coral reef restoration, by tracking turtles and by mapping out the biodiversity of the Saba Bank. Within The Young Academy, she wishes to increase awareness among the general public and researchers of subaquatic wonders. Lisa Becking also wishes to initiate a debate on board a ship between scientists and artists concerning creative processes, which are, after all, used by both groups.

Dr Angélique Cramer (models and methods for clinical psychology, Tilburg University)
Angélique Cramer (born in 1979) is one of the founders of the network approach to psychopathology, in which a disorder such as a depression is considered as a possible consequence of symptoms that cause one another. In 2013, she was awarded a doctorate with honours for a dissertation relating to psychological methodology and has rapidly developed into an expert on network models and complex dynamic systems. She directs a successful research line in which she and her team focus on better methods for assessing networks for individuals.
In her column 'De Gereedschapskist' (‘The Toolbox’) in the monthly journal de Psycholoog, Angélique Cramer introduces methodological and statistical issues to a wider public. Via The Young Academy, Angélique Cramer wishes to make research more diverse, more inclusive and to give it a greater interdisciplinary character by, for instance, initiating projects with the aim of exploring new ways of working.

Dr Barbora Hola (international criminal law, Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement and VU Amsterdam)
Legal expert and criminologist Barbora Hola (born in 1980) specialises in international crime, international criminal law and transitional justice. She has demonstrated that the sentences handed down by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda are sound and are therefore not, as many claimed, a type of Russian roulette. Her work has been quoted in judgments of the International Criminal Court. Every year, Barbora Hola travels with students to Bosnia, where they visit various legal bodies, researchers, lawyers and judges. Together with colleagues, she has also set up the public website www.whenjusticeisdone.org, on which she shows what happens to war crimes perpetrators after their conviction.

Dr Hanneke Hulst (anatomy and neurosciences, VUmc)
Neuroscientist Hanneke Hulst (born in 1983) specialises in multiple sclerosis (MS). She researches cognitive disorders in people with MS and asserts that we can do more to combat these problems than simply providing patients with tips and tricks. For instance, together with the Dance for Health Foundation, she has investigated the effects of a dance programme on the cognitive functions of people with MS. Hanneke Hulst is a great advocate of interdisciplinary research and of communication with the general public and patients. She writes columns about the experiences of patients suffering from MS and published a book Cognitie, ván wetenschappers vóór mensen met MS en hun omgeving (Cognition, from researchers for people with MN and their environment), with a DVD for those who have difficulty with reading. Her dream for the future is 'that debates in society about vaccination, migration and integration, global warming, or nationalism versus globalism, are based on more than "just an opinion".'

Prof. Arfan Ikram (epidemiology, Erasmus MC)
Arfan Ikram (born in 1980) is Professor of Epidemiology at Erasmus MC and Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard University. He researches neurological disorders such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and strokes. Arfan Ikram has shown that approximately 30 percent of dementia cases can be prevented by better cardiovascular checks. Arfan Ikram, is, as he puts it 'a second generation Dutchman who was born and raised – and still lives in – Rotterdam South.' He wishes to focus on tapping into target groups and talented people who are usually excluded from scientific development.

Dr Dora Matzke (mathematical psychology, University of Amsterdam)
Dora Matzke (born in 1982) is a mathematical psychologist. She develops models that allow researchers to assess how much time people require to cease an action. Dora Matzke believes that research in psychology and in other disciplines must be far more transparent. She also carries out replication studies that assess whether previous research has been performed properly. She has also set up an information source to which researchers at the University of Amsterdam can turn for questions about statistical methods.

Dr Daniel Oberski (methodology and statistics, Utrecht University)
Daniel Oberski (born in 1981) is a deviser of frequently used methods that trace and remove the effects of measurement errors from research results. His work is used in software for questionnaires and in reports of Statistics Netherlands. Daniel Oberski would like to demonstrate to a wide public, including policymakers and journalists, the humour of uncertainty, behind which deep insights lie hidden about what uncertainty really means, how uncertainties come about and how, despite uncertainties, you can nevertheless take decisions.

Dr Bettina Reitz-Joosse (Latin language and literature, University of Groningen)
Bettina Reitz-Joosse (born in 1984) researches how the Romans viewed the world around them. She has studied Latin texts concerning antique buildings, monuments and the landscape. Bettina Reitz-Joosse attracted worldwide attention when, together with a colleague, she showed that the Italian fascists under the leadership of Mussolini had placed a Latin message for the future under an obelisk in Rome. She calls herself a classicist 'in heart and soul' and is convinced that classical antiquity can also play a significant role in contemporary society. Given her international background (born in Germany, studied in Oxford, doctorate PhD in Leiden, postdocs in Rome and Philadelphia and now researcher in Groningen), she would like to assist in placing Dutch research policy in a broader perspective.