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The two Amsterdam-based universities, the UvA and VU Amsterdam, have a new platform for talented young researchers: the Amsterdam Young Academy (AYA). Three ABC associates are among the first thirty members.

Photo Credit: Sander Nieuwenhuys

AYA is intended to become a new, independent platform where talented young researchers from both universities can come together and foster novel perspectives on science and society.

The AYA is an initiative of five Amsterdam-based members and former members of The Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences: Kristine Steenbergh (VU), Rens Vliegenthart (UvA), Sjoerd Repping (AMC/UvA), Hilde Geurts (UvA) and Jeroen de Ridder (VU). The former members felt that, like other cities, Amsterdam deserved its own young academy, which should focus on free intellectual debate and have an independent, opinion-forming role. The academy will promote not only collaboration between the UvA and VU Amsterdam, but also between the two universities and the city of Amsterdam.


AYA will be officially launched on 6 November. The thirty new members will be installed by Taco Dibbits, General Director of the Rijksmuseum.

Among the new members are ABC associates Eddie Brummelman, Umberto Olcese and Shaul Shalvi.