Birte Forstmann, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the UvA, is among the eight winners of the 2019 Ammodo Science Award.
This Award was introduced to encourage highly talented researchers in a crucial and advanced phase of their scientific career. Forstmann will receive a monetary prize of 300,000 euro to explore new directions in pure scientific research in the coming years.
Forstmann works at the intersection between our behaviour on the one hand and the anatomy of our brains on the other. How do they relate to each other? And what mechanisms in the brain make it possible for a person to respond to his or her environment? In her research she focuses mainly on the subcortex, a large structure in the middle of the brain that plays a major role in Parkinson's disease.
The biannual Ammodo Science Award is an initiative of the Ammodo Foundation. The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences is responsible for the nomination and selection procedures.
The Ammodo Science Award was introduced to encourage highly talented researchers in a crucial and advanced phase of their scientific career. Through the Award, Ammodo aims to strengthen curiosity-driven science in the Netherlands across the board. Every two years eight Ammodo Science Awards are given to internationally acclaimed scientists in four scientific categories: Biomedical Sciences, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. The laureates have to be connected to a university or institute in the Netherlands, and they should have obtained their PhD at the most fifteen years ago.