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2020 Hall of fame

In 2020, many of our staff and students have again won prestigious prizes and been awarded important research subsidies.

Our researchers have been appointed to academic associations because of their outstanding achievements and/or have been consulted by society on the grounds of their specific expertise. Our students have won prizes for their innovative contributions to research. Traditionally, at the end of the year and the start of the new year we look back on these successes. Some prizes are individual awards to researchers, while others are the result of research teamwork. We are proud of all these successes.

NWO Spinoza Prize

NWO Stevin Prize

Ton Schumacher (l) won the Stevin Prize, Sjaak Neefjes the Spinoza Prize.
Sjaak Neefjes (l) won the Spinoza Prize, Ton Schumacher the Stevin Prize.

European grants

ERC Consolidator Grants:

ERC Advanced Grant:

Elseline Hoekzema received an ERC Starting Grant
Elseline Hoekzema received an ERC Starting Grant

ERC Starting Grants

  • Eiko Fried - Institute of Psychology
  • Elseline Hoekzema - Institute of Psychology
  • Baoxu Pang - Medicine/LUMC, Human genetics
  • Jewellord Nem Singh - Political Science
  • Jonathon Matthew Hoye - Institute of Security and Global Affairs

Proof of Concept grants

Dennis Hetterscheid - Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research
Christine Mummery - Medicine/LUMC, Anatomy and Embryology

Amanda Foks received an ERA-CVD Grant for the proposal on which she was lead applicant.
Amanda Foks received an ERA-CVD Grant for the proposal on which she was lead applicant.

Horizon 2020

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

International Credit Mobility programme

The Faculty of Law will start a collaboration with the Philosophy Faculty of the University of Sarajevo.
The Faculty of Law will start a collaboration with the Philosophy Faculty of the University of Sarajevo.

Other European grants and acknowledgements

The Institute of Security and Global Affairs and the Leiden University College receive a grant for a European network for excellent education.
The Institute of Security and Global Affairs and Leiden University College receive a grant for a European network for excellent education. In the picture: Daan Weggemans, one of the teamleaders.

Other international prizes, subsidies and appointments

Ad IJzerman wins prestigious Nauta Pharmacochemistry Award
Ad IJzerman wins prestigious Nauta Pharmacochemistry Award
Liesbeth de Lange (right) received the Lewis B. Sheiner Lecturer Award.
Liesbeth de Lange (right) received the Lewis B. Sheiner Lecturer Award.

And also:

NWO

Science Groot (ENW-Groot)

  • Remus Dame (main applicant) - Leiden Institute for Chemistry, with TU Delft, VU and the Hubrecht Institute 
  • Consortium with Jos Raaijmakers (main applicant) - NIOO and Insitute of Biology Leiden (IBL), together with Gilles van Wezel and Ariane Briegel (IBL) and Corné Pieterse (Utrecht University)
  • Consortium with Ingrid Meulenbelt (main applicant) -  LUMC, Clinical Epidemiology, together with other LUMC scientists and the TU Delft
  • Tjerk Oosterkamp (main applicant), with Dirk Bouwmeester- Leiden Institute of Physics
  • Erik Danen - Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research, together with researchers from the TU Delft, Eindhoven University of Technology, Radboud University Nijmegen and Utrecht University. 
2020 Hall of Fame
Marcellus Ubbink received a ENW Klein grant for his research on the evolution of enzymes.

Leiden researchers also participate in Science Groot projects lead by other universities. These are, amongst others: Roeland Merks - Mathematical Institute; Anjali Pandit - Leiden Institute for Chemistry; Irene Groot- Leiden Insitute for Chemistry; Simon Portegies Zwart and Elena Sellentin - Leiden Observatory, with Holger Hoos - Leiden Institute for Advanced Computer Science, Suzanne Verberne (Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Studies)


ENW-KLEIN

  • Tinde van Andel - Institute of Biology Leiden, and Eric Schranz (Wageningen University)
  • Mitra Baratchi - Leiden Insitute for Advanced Computer Science
  • Henk Hoekstra - Leiden Observatory
  • Marcellus Ubbink - Leiden Institute for Chemistry
Cátia Antunes received a Vici grant to study the economic advantages of Dutch colonial history.
Cátia Antunes received a Vici grant to study the economic advantages of Dutch colonial history.

Vici grants

Vidi grants

  • Anar Ahmadov - Leiden University College The Hague
  • Tazuko van Berkel - Leiden University Institute for the Arts in Society
  • Camiel Boon - Medicine/LUMC, Ophthalmology 
  • Quentin Bourgeois - Faculty of Archaeology
  • Michiel van Elk - Institute of Psychology
  • David Holmes - Mathematical Institute
  • Daniela Kraft - Leiden Institute of Physics
  • Maaike van Putten - Medicine/LUMC, Human Genetics
  • Thom Sharp - Medicine/LUMC, Molecular and Cellular Biology and NECEN
  • Annemarthe van der Veen - Medicine/LUMC, Immunology
  • Wouter Veenendaal - Political Science

Veni grants

  • Maria Arias - Leiden Observatory
  • Sherria Ayuandini - Cultural Anthropology and Developmental Sociology
Tom Teuns received a Veni grant
Tom Teuns received a Veni grant
  • Mariëtte Boon - Medicine/LUMC, Internal Medicine
  • Laura Kervezee - Medicine/LUMC, Cellular and Chemical Biology
  • Alise Muok - Institute of Biology Leiden
  • Milica Nikolić - Institute of Psychology
  • Nadine Raaphorst - Institute of Public Administration
  • Matus Rybak - Leiden Observatory
  • Tomas Stolker - Leiden Observatory
  • Tom Theuns - Political Science
  • Alex Uta - Leiden Institute for Advanced Computer Science

Rubicon grants

  • Liubov Belyaeva will go to Imperial College London  - Leiden Insitute for Chemistry
  • Janna Marie Bas-Hoogendam will go to the National Institute of Mental Health in the United States - Institute Psychology
  • Elisa Giacomelli will start a research project at Memorial Sloan Kettering, United States - Medicine/LUMC, Anatomy and Embryology
  • Aleksandrina Skvortsova will go to McGill University, Canada - Institute of Psychology
Monica Varela Alvarez received an NWO grant for 'adventurous' research: do cells neigbouring pyroptotic cells die sooner?
Monica Varela Alvarez received an NWO grant for adventurous research: do cells neighbouring pyroptotic cells die sooner?

NWO XS grants

  • Yasmine Abouleila - Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research
  • Gabriel Forn Cuni - Institute of Biology Leiden
  • Monica Varela Alvarez - Institute of Biology Leiden
  • Sander Wezenberg - Leiden Institute for Chemistry

Communication prizes

Science Diplomacy Fund

  • Egbert Fortuin – Leiden University Centre for Linguistics
  • Fokke Gerritsen – Netherlands Institute in Turkey
  • Mark Dechesne - Dual PhD Centre and Faculty of Humanities
  • Annemieke Geluk – Medicine/LUMC, Infectious Diseases
  • George Miley - Leiden Observatory
  • Jan Aarts – Leiden Institute of Physics
  • Jos Schaeken – Leiden University Centre for Linguistics
  • Niels Schiller – Leiden University Centre for Linguistics
  • Pancras Hoogendoorn - Medicine/LUMC, Pathology
Alex Brandsen, digital archaeologist, received a grant from NWO's Telt programme, together with his colleagues.
Alex Brandsen, digital archaeologist, received a grant from NWO's Telt programme, together with his colleagues.

PhD Scholarships from NWO and Sustainable Humanities Office 

  • Maarten Bogaards - Leiden Iniversity Centre for Linguistics
  • Juul Eijk - Institute for Area Studies
  • Patricia Kret - Institute for History
  • Marie Kolbenstetter - Faculty of Archaeology

Other NWO grants

Rik Mom returns to Leiden University on an NWO Tenure Track
Rik Mom returns to Leiden University on an NWO Tenure Track

Dutch Research Agenda (Nationale Wetenschapsagenda, NWA)

  • Multi-million grant for BioClock consortium with Joke Meijer (lead applicant) - Medicine/LUMC, dept. of Neurophysiology, with dozens of partners such as the Leiden Institute for Environmental Sciences, Institute of Biology Leiden, Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research, Clinical Psychology, Leiden University Treatment and Expert Center (LUBEC), Naturalis, Center for Human Drug Research and Janssen Pharmaceuticals. 
Joke Meijer is lead applicant for a consortium that received funding from the NWA to study our biological clock
Joke Meijer is lead applicant for a consortium that received funding from the NWA to study our biological clock

ZonMW

KNAW

Three new KNAW members with a link to Leiden University:

  • Henk te Velde - Institute for History
  • Maria Yazdanbakhsh - Medicine/LUMC, Immunology/Parasitology
  • Marcel van den Brink - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, VS: internal medicine, oncology and immunology (Leiden alumnus, MD and PhD)

KNAW appoints two Leiden researchers to the Social Sciences Council

And...

Frank Takes, LIACS, takes part in the POPNET consortium that received funding from PDI-SSH. This picture shows Takes when he won the Faculty of Science award for Teacher of the Year in 2017.
Frank Takes, LIACS, takes part in the POPNET consortium that received funding from PDI-SSH. This picture shows Takes when he won the Faculty of Science award for Teacher of the Year in 2017.

KHMW

Four new Leiden members of the KHMW: 

  • Andrea Evers - Institute of Psychology
  • Erwin Muller - Institute for Security and Global affairs 
  • Sjaak Neefjes - Leiden Institute for Chemistry, and Medicine/LUMC, Immunology
  • Menno Schilthuizen - Institute of Biology Leiden

Other national prizes, grants and appointments

Collaborations

Martin van Hecke wins the 2020 Dutch Physics Award.
Martin van Hecke wins the 2020 Dutch Physics Award.
Marika Keblusek received a NIAS-KNAW Fellowship to study ‘alba amicorum’.
Marika Keblusek received a NIAS-KNAW Fellowship to study ‘alba amicorum’.
Ahab Bdaiwi wins Faculty Impact Prize Humanities 2020. With his platform for Shi’i Studies he wants to engage in a dialogue with society
Ahab Bdaiwi wins Faculty Impact Prize Humanities 2020. With his platform for Shi’i Studies he wants to engage in a dialogue with society
Rick Honings was appointed Scaliger Professor
Rick Honings was appointed Scaliger Professor
Ymre Schuurmans is visiting professor at the University of Cape Town in South-Africa
Ymre Schuurmans is visiting professor at the University of Cape Town in South-Africa
Ruben van Uden wrote the best paper in the pre-PhD phase, at the Institute for Private Law, and also won the Van Wersch Springplank Prize for active and talented young researchers
Ruben van Uden wrote the best paper in the pre-PhD phase, at the Institute for Private Law, and also won the Van Wersch Springplank Prize for active and talented young researchers
Bianca Westhoff wins the poster prize NVP Winter Conference on Brain & Cognition'
Bianca Westhoff wins the poster prize NVP Winter Conference on Brain & Cognition
Arianne Pranger received the LUS Online Teaching Prize from LUS chairman Dirk van Vugt
Arianne Pranger received the LUS Online Teaching Prize from LUS chairman Dirk van Vugt

Comenius Grants

Comenius Senior Fellowships

  • Lettie Dorst - Leiden University Centre for Linguistics
  • Suzanne Mol - Education and Child Studies

Comenius Teaching Fellowships

  • Hossam Ahmed - Institute for Area Studies 
  • David Ehrhardt - Leiden University College The Hague
  • Anne van der Wal-Remy - Institute for History
  • Tarlach McGonagle - Institute of Public Law

Other teaching prizes

New members Leiden Teachers' Academy

The Leiden Teachers' Academy has five new members. They are the winner of the University's LUS Education Prize, Arianna Pranger, and four other lecturers nominated by the faculties:

  • Felienne Hermans - Mathematical Institute
  • Alexandra Langers - Medicine/LUMC
  • Arianne Pranger - Medicine/LUMC
  • Brandon Zicha - Leiden University College The Hague
  • Natascha van der Zwan - Institute of Public Administration
In 2018, Bart Krans (right) also won a teaching prize in post graduate law education.
In 2018, Bart Krans (right) also won a teaching prize in post graduate law education.

Teamwork

Chair of Catena Faisal de Ling receives the Sustainability Prize 2020 awarded by LUGO and PKvV
Chair of Catena Faisal de Ling receives the Sustainability Prize 2020 awarded by LUGO and PKvV
Eregalerij 2020  LUC student Sylvie Ramakers made itthrough the very strict selection of Yenching Academy Beijing
LUC student Sylvie Ramakers made it through the very strict selection of Yenching Academy in Beijing

Awards to bachelor's students

And:

Award to master's students

Master's student in Mathematics Pim Spelier won the ASML Thesis Prize
Master's student in Mathematics Pim Spelier won the ASML Thesis Prize
Lise Mitsinga writes the best AB annotation, during the 'Administrative law in Europe' course
Lise Mitsinga writes the best AB annotation, during the 'Administrative law in Europe' course

In 2020, the following people received a royal distinction:  

Linguist Ingrid Tieken received a royal distinction from the deputy mayor of The Hague.
Linguist Ingrid Tieken received a royal distinction from the deputy mayor of The Hague.

On the Dies Natalis on 8 February, Leiden University bestowed an honorary doctorate on Professor L. Ntsebeza, professor of Sociology and African Studies at Capetown University

Honorary doctor Lungisile Ntsebeza (centre) with his honorary supervisor Jan-Bart Gewald and professor of Developmental Sociology Marja Spierenburg.
Honorary doctor Lungisile Ntsebeza (centre) with his honorary supervisor Jan-Bart Gewald and professor of Developmental Sociology Marja Spierenburg.

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