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Hall of Fame 2022

In 2022, many of our staff and students won fantastic prizes and were awarded important research grants. This is our traditional review of these successes as the end of one year marks the beginning of another.

Some prizes and grants recognise the achievements of individual researchers, whereas others are the result of academic teamwork. We are proud of all these successes.

Below are the most important prizes, appointments and achievements of our students and staff. For a more detailed overview per faculty, see the right side of the page.

NWO Spinoza Prize

Video: Ignas Snellen talks about his research

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European grants

ERC Synergy Grant

ERC Advanced Grant

ERC Consolidator Grant

ERC Starting Grant

Eduard Fosch-Villaronga sitting next to a white care robot
Eduard Fosch-Villaronga wants to make care robots safe and suitable for society

Proof of Concept Grant

Erasmus+

Horizon Europe Grant

NWO grants

NWO Zwaartekracht grant

  • Berna Güroğlu - Institute of Psychology

Vici

Kat Stewart holding a crested newt in her hands
Kat Stewart with a crested newt, one of the species she is focusing on in her Vidi project. Photo: Manon de Visser

Vidi

Veni

  • Kate Bellamy - Centre for Linguistics  
  • Wout Broekema - Institute for Security and Global Affairs
  • Linda Geven - Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology
  • Alisa van de Haar - Centre for the Arts of Society
  • Joseph Jean - Archaeology/KITLV
  • Svetlana Kharchenkova - Leiden University Institute for Area Studies
  • Jingjing Li - Institute for Philosophy
  • Valérie Pattyn - Institute of Public Administration
  • Annachiara Raia - African Studies Centre Leiden
  • Joris van den Tol - Institute for History

Rubicons

  • Renske Janssen is going to the University of Edinburgh, Centre for Legal History, United Kingdom - Centre for the Arts of Society
  • Girija Joshi is going to Centre d’Études de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud, France - Institute for History
  • Anne van der Meij is going to the University of Toronto, Canada
  • Mia Thomaïdou is going to Rutgers University of Criminal Justice, United States - Institute of Psychology
  • Yana van der Weegen is going to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School, United States - Medicine/LUMC, Human Genetics

NWO Open Competition

Sam Botan studying pottery from the ancient Aksumite Empire
Sam Botan studying pottery from the ancient Aksumite Empire

NWO Mosaic Grant

  • Sam Botan - Archaeology
  • Sara Bolghiran - Leiden University Institute for Area Studies
  • Rüya Akdag - Institute of Psychology

NWO NWA Grant

Special appointments 

Appointment as Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Professor

  • Thea Hilhorst (Erasmus University Rotterdam), appointed at the Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University
  • Peter Scholten (Erasmus University Rotterdam), appointed at the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs at Leiden University
  • Marlou Schrover (Leiden University), appointed at the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • Olaf van Vliet (Leiden University), appointed at the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Appointment as Medical Delta Professor

A total of eight professors were jointly inaugurated as 'Medical Delta Professor' at Leiden University, the LUMC, Delft University of Technology, Erasmus University and/or Erasmus MC.

Other University awards

Krijn Rietveld Memorial Innovation Award

  • Anne Dirkson - Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science

Comenius grants

Comenius Senior Fellow grants

Comenius Teaching Fellow grants

  • Steven Lauritano - Centre for the Arts in Society
  • Tessa Mulder - Medicine/LUMC, Internal Medicine
  • Siavash Rafiee Rad - Leiden University Institute for Area Studies
  • Anouk van der Weiden - Institute of Psychology

Faculty Teaching Prize

Astrid Van Weyenberg - Centre for the Arts in Society

Astrid Van Weyenberg, winner of the teaching prize
The Leiden winners of the KHMW's Young Talent Prize

Six new members of Young Academy Leiden

  • Francesca Arici - Mathematical Institute
  • Marcel van Daalen - Leiden Observatory
  • Ahmed Mahfouz - Medicine/LUMC, Human Genetics
  • Katharina Natter - Institute of Political Science
  • Sara Petrollino - Leiden University Centre for Linguistics
  • Jan van Rijn - Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science

Five new Teaching Fellows appointed

  • Max van Lent - Institute of Tax Law and Economics
  • Aris Politopoulos - Archaeology
  • Emily Strange - Institute of Environmental Sciences
  • Claire Vergerio - Institute of Political Science
  • Astrid Van Weyenburg - Centre for the Arts in Society

Two new Leiden members of The Young Academy

  • Max van Duijn - Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science
  • Vasiliki Kosta - Institute of Public Law

New members of KHMW

  • Koos Biesmeijer - Institute of Environmental Sciences
  • Niels Blokker - Institute of Public Law

New member of KNAW

  • Maghiel van Crevel - Leiden University Institute for Area Studies

On the Dies Natalis on 8 Feburary an honorary doctorate was awarded to:

American anthropologist Rosemary Joyce

Rosemary Joyce receives her honorary doctorate. She attended the ceremony via a video link

University Medal

Mr. K.J. Cath Prize

In 2022, the following were awarded a royal honour::

  • Koen Caminada - Institute of Tax Law and Economics
  • Jan van Dijk - Medicine/LUMC, Neurophyiology
  • Liesbeth Eurelings-Bontekoe - Emeritus Professor by Special Appointment of Professional Training of Psychologists in Healthcare, Institute of Psychology
  • Jaap Harlaar - Medicine/LUMC, Clinical Biomechanics
  • Ad Ijzerman - Emeritus Professor of Pharmacochemistry, Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research
  • Catholijn Jonker - Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science
  • Jasper Knoester - Decaan Wiskunde en Natuurwetenschappen
  • Willem Otterspeer - Emeritus Professor of University History, Humanities
Emeritus Willem Otterspeer receives a royal honour from Mayor Henri Lenferink
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