Sciences

Walter Immerzeel – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Walter Immerzeel researches climate change in mountainous regions in Asia and its consequences for the availability of water for the millions of people living downstream. Immerzeel was the first to map the water cycle in the high mountains of the Himalayas. Over the next few years, he aims to understand thoroughly how natural disasters in mountain areas are related to their location and extreme weather, focusing on landslides, avalanches and glacial lakes.

ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Louis Vermeulen – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Louis Vermeulen studies how derailments in the genetic material of stem cells can cause colon cancer. In doing so, he focuses specifically on the earliest development of tumors. He combines biochemistry and genetics with mathematical and physical models to map the dynamics of stem cells. With his innovative approach, he has made a major contribution to fundamental concepts within molecular oncology.

ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Christian Lange – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Christian Lange studies classical Arabic and Persian literature and is a pioneer in the field of Arabic digital humanities. His innovative analysis of digitized historical texts has yielded new insights, including into how Islamic criminal law was actually applied and how the five senses were understood throughout the centuries in different intellectual Islamic traditions. Lange’s research provides a multicoloured picture of the rich Islamic civilization.

ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Social Educational Neuroscience Amsterdam – Winner
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2020

One thing is clear: we need to understand how people interact with each other and above all what motivates them to make choices in their social interactions that are positive for themselves and others as well as for future generations and the natural world. This is what the nine-member team Social Educational Neuroscience Amsterdam (SENSA) at the VU University in Amsterdam is working on. It is investigating what happens in the brains of children and adolescents during all sorts of often subconscious, social interactions, the assumption being that the sooner you understand what is going on in the young, still developing brains, the greater the chance that you, their teacher or parent, can influence them in a positive way.

ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Stephanie Wehner – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2019

Stephanie Wehner is working on a fundamental challenge: how entanglement can be created over long distances in order to then make a quantum internet possible. Entanglement is a central concept in quantum mechanics, enabling safe communication and super-fast coordination. She now wants to realise this in the planned quantum network around Delft.

www.ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Nadine Akkerman – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2019

Nadine Akkerman has described in unprecedented detail the letter correspondence of Elizabeth Stuart, a distant ancestor of Queen Elizabeth. With her innovative research methods, such as the use of 3D X-ray scanners to read unopened letters, she is a forerunner in discovering the role of women in the politics and espionage of the seventeenth century.

www.ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Jeroen Geurts – Laureate 2017
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo KNAW Award
- 2017

Jeroen Geurts was a pioneer in tracking difficult to detect abnormalities in the brains of MS patients. In the course of this work he came up with a new theory about the cause of MS, one which fundamentally differs from the theory that most of his colleagues have adhered to for many years. Jeroen Geurts is a Biomedical Sciences laureate of the Ammodo KNAW Award 2017.

Sciences

Rivke Jaffe – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Rivke Jaffe conducts research on urban space and everyday urban life. She has published on topics including crime and citizenship in Jamaica, the popular culture of illegality, and public-private security arrangements. Jaffe explores how technologies that are supposed to lead to increased security – such as guns, barbed wire, cameras and algorithms, but also animals such as police dogs – can simultaneously reproduce or increase social inequality.

ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Lisa Herzog – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Lisa Herzog analyses how moral and democratic norms can play a greater role in our economic system. What does it mean to act morally when employees feel like small cogs in the wheel of a large organisation? Herzog explores socially relevant issues such as these, always looking at the economic system from a philosophical perspective.

ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Annemieke Aartsma-Rus – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Annemieke Aartsma-Rus has made an important contribution to research in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Patients with this serious hereditary muscle disease lack the protein dystrophin, because the gene code for dystrophin is unreadable. Thanks in part to the fundamental pioneering work of Aartsma-Rus, an exon skipping therapy is now available in the USA and Japan that can make the genetic code readable again. This can slow down disease progression for Duchenne patients.

ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Jacco van Rheenen – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2019

Jacco van Rheenen developed a groundbreaking form of microscopy, allowing individual cells to be tracked for weeks in a living organism. This new form of research provides valuable information about the behaviour of, and the interaction between, cells. For example, he was the first person to film the process of metastatic cancer.

www.ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Lenneke Alink – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2019

Lenneke Alink takes the understanding of child maltreatment to a higher level with high-quality experimental research. She has a broad interest in the subject looking at both the role of chaos in the household, but also at that of the stress system in cases of abuse and neglect. Her work maps out the causes and consequences of this horrific problem – an important step towards solving it.

www.ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Birte Forstmann – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2019

Birte 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.

www.ammodo-science-award.org

 

Sciences

Appy Sluijs – Laureate 2017
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo KNAW Award
2017

Appy Sluijs discovered that 56 million years ago, due to a chain-reaction in the oceans and the atmosphere, there was a rise in the greenhouse effect on the Earth. Palm trees grew at the poles and the Arctic Ocean became as warm as a subtropical swimming pool. Could something similar happen again? Appy Sluijs is a Natural Sciences laureate of the Ammodo KNAW Award 2017.

Sciences

Patricia Dankers – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Patricia Dankers designs, synthesizes, and investigates synthetic biomaterials that can control, mimic or even surpass complex biological processes in the human body. Using intelligent chemistry ageing or damaged tissue can be repaired. It is part due to her fundamental research that heart valves and vascular grafts made of synthetic biodegradable biomaterials exist, as well as synthetic hydrogels for the culture of stem cells.

 ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Floris de Lange – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Floris de Lange studies how human perception arises from neurobiological processes in the brain. By measuring brain activity very precisely, he determines how information “flows” through the brain. Among other things, he has shown that our brain works like a prediction machine, actively using everything it learns to predict the future. Recently, De Lange has been studying why curiosity and surprise are important to the brain.

ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Guardians and Caretakers of the Genome – Winner
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2020

For decades the Guardians and Caretakers of the Genome research team at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam has been focusing on how exactly cells do in fact repair themselves. What is unique about this team is that they study this process, in relation to ageing and cancer, at difference levels of complexity: In relation to cancer and ageing, for example, they are looking atfrom single individual molecules to as well as at complete physiological processes within the cell or the patient.

ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Ewout Frankema – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2019

Ewout Frankema studies the historical roots of global inequality between the poor and the rich. This inequality grew dramatically between 1750 and 1990, and since then it has hardly reduced at all. In his integrated historical approach, he combines research into the ecological and geographical conditions in which rural societies develop with the economic, political and social relations which are shaped by mankind.

www.ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Teun Bousema – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2019

Teun Bousema unravels the life cycle of Plasmodium falciparum, a parasite carried by mosquitoes that causes malaria. He is particularly interested in how a parasite from an infected human is then reintroduced to a new mosquito, and it was Bousema who discovered, among other things, that some people have an immune reaction that prevents this step from happening.

www.ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Toby Kiers – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2019

Toby Kiers is interested in the interaction between plants and micro-organisms in the soil. An active trade in nutrients takes place between roots and fungi which can be described using economic theory that is actually meant for human markets. Her original approach provides new insights into the evolution of societies in the natural world.

www.ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Ammodo KNAW Award
AMMODO ✕ KNAW
March 2015 - present

Ammodo and the KNAW both attach importance to wholly unfettered fundamental scientific research. Ammodo and the KNAW have joined forces to give extra impetus to this type of research at the present time. In 2015 the Ammodo KNAW Award is established, whereby every two years eight laureates are each awarded a cash prize of 300,000 euros. This amount may be spent by the laureate at his/her discretion on a fundamental scientific research project.

ammodo-knaw-award.org

Sciences

Walter Immerzeel – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Walter Immerzeel researches climate change in mountainous regions in Asia and its consequences for the availability of water for the millions of people living downstream. Immerzeel was the first to map the water cycle in the high mountains of the Himalayas. Over the next few years, he aims to understand thoroughly how natural disasters in mountain areas are related to their location and extreme weather, focusing on landslides, avalanches and glacial lakes.

ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Rivke Jaffe – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Rivke Jaffe conducts research on urban space and everyday urban life. She has published on topics including crime and citizenship in Jamaica, the popular culture of illegality, and public-private security arrangements. Jaffe explores how technologies that are supposed to lead to increased security – such as guns, barbed wire, cameras and algorithms, but also animals such as police dogs – can simultaneously reproduce or increase social inequality.

ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Patricia Dankers – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Patricia Dankers designs, synthesizes, and investigates synthetic biomaterials that can control, mimic or even surpass complex biological processes in the human body. Using intelligent chemistry ageing or damaged tissue can be repaired. It is part due to her fundamental research that heart valves and vascular grafts made of synthetic biodegradable biomaterials exist, as well as synthetic hydrogels for the culture of stem cells.

 ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Louis Vermeulen – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Louis Vermeulen studies how derailments in the genetic material of stem cells can cause colon cancer. In doing so, he focuses specifically on the earliest development of tumors. He combines biochemistry and genetics with mathematical and physical models to map the dynamics of stem cells. With his innovative approach, he has made a major contribution to fundamental concepts within molecular oncology.

ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Lisa Herzog – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Lisa Herzog analyses how moral and democratic norms can play a greater role in our economic system. What does it mean to act morally when employees feel like small cogs in the wheel of a large organisation? Herzog explores socially relevant issues such as these, always looking at the economic system from a philosophical perspective.

ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Floris de Lange – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Floris de Lange studies how human perception arises from neurobiological processes in the brain. By measuring brain activity very precisely, he determines how information “flows” through the brain. Among other things, he has shown that our brain works like a prediction machine, actively using everything it learns to predict the future. Recently, De Lange has been studying why curiosity and surprise are important to the brain.

ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Christian Lange – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Christian Lange studies classical Arabic and Persian literature and is a pioneer in the field of Arabic digital humanities. His innovative analysis of digitized historical texts has yielded new insights, including into how Islamic criminal law was actually applied and how the five senses were understood throughout the centuries in different intellectual Islamic traditions. Lange’s research provides a multicoloured picture of the rich Islamic civilization.

ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Annemieke Aartsma-Rus – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2021

Annemieke Aartsma-Rus has made an important contribution to research in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Patients with this serious hereditary muscle disease lack the protein dystrophin, because the gene code for dystrophin is unreadable. Thanks in part to the fundamental pioneering work of Aartsma-Rus, an exon skipping therapy is now available in the USA and Japan that can make the genetic code readable again. This can slow down disease progression for Duchenne patients.

ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Guardians and Caretakers of the Genome – Winner
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2020

For decades the Guardians and Caretakers of the Genome research team at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam has been focusing on how exactly cells do in fact repair themselves. What is unique about this team is that they study this process, in relation to ageing and cancer, at difference levels of complexity: In relation to cancer and ageing, for example, they are looking atfrom single individual molecules to as well as at complete physiological processes within the cell or the patient.

ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Social Educational Neuroscience Amsterdam – Winner
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2020

One thing is clear: we need to understand how people interact with each other and above all what motivates them to make choices in their social interactions that are positive for themselves and others as well as for future generations and the natural world. This is what the nine-member team Social Educational Neuroscience Amsterdam (SENSA) at the VU University in Amsterdam is working on. It is investigating what happens in the brains of children and adolescents during all sorts of often subconscious, social interactions, the assumption being that the sooner you understand what is going on in the young, still developing brains, the greater the chance that you, their teacher or parent, can influence them in a positive way.

ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Jacco van Rheenen – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2019

Jacco van Rheenen developed a groundbreaking form of microscopy, allowing individual cells to be tracked for weeks in a living organism. This new form of research provides valuable information about the behaviour of, and the interaction between, cells. For example, he was the first person to film the process of metastatic cancer.

www.ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Ewout Frankema – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2019

Ewout Frankema studies the historical roots of global inequality between the poor and the rich. This inequality grew dramatically between 1750 and 1990, and since then it has hardly reduced at all. In his integrated historical approach, he combines research into the ecological and geographical conditions in which rural societies develop with the economic, political and social relations which are shaped by mankind.

www.ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Stephanie Wehner – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2019

Stephanie Wehner is working on a fundamental challenge: how entanglement can be created over long distances in order to then make a quantum internet possible. Entanglement is a central concept in quantum mechanics, enabling safe communication and super-fast coordination. She now wants to realise this in the planned quantum network around Delft.

www.ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Lenneke Alink – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2019

Lenneke Alink takes the understanding of child maltreatment to a higher level with high-quality experimental research. She has a broad interest in the subject looking at both the role of chaos in the household, but also at that of the stress system in cases of abuse and neglect. Her work maps out the causes and consequences of this horrific problem – an important step towards solving it.

www.ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Teun Bousema – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2019

Teun Bousema unravels the life cycle of Plasmodium falciparum, a parasite carried by mosquitoes that causes malaria. He is particularly interested in how a parasite from an infected human is then reintroduced to a new mosquito, and it was Bousema who discovered, among other things, that some people have an immune reaction that prevents this step from happening.

www.ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Nadine Akkerman – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2019

Nadine Akkerman has described in unprecedented detail the letter correspondence of Elizabeth Stuart, a distant ancestor of Queen Elizabeth. With her innovative research methods, such as the use of 3D X-ray scanners to read unopened letters, she is a forerunner in discovering the role of women in the politics and espionage of the seventeenth century.

www.ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Birte Forstmann – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2019

Birte 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.

www.ammodo-science-award.org

 

Sciences

Toby Kiers – Laureate
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo Science Award
2019

Toby Kiers is interested in the interaction between plants and micro-organisms in the soil. An active trade in nutrients takes place between roots and fungi which can be described using economic theory that is actually meant for human markets. Her original approach provides new insights into the evolution of societies in the natural world.

www.ammodo-science-award.org

Sciences

Jeroen Geurts – Laureate 2017
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo KNAW Award
- 2017

Jeroen Geurts was a pioneer in tracking difficult to detect abnormalities in the brains of MS patients. In the course of this work he came up with a new theory about the cause of MS, one which fundamentally differs from the theory that most of his colleagues have adhered to for many years. Jeroen Geurts is a Biomedical Sciences laureate of the Ammodo KNAW Award 2017.

Sciences

Appy Sluijs – Laureate 2017
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo KNAW Award
2017

Appy Sluijs discovered that 56 million years ago, due to a chain-reaction in the oceans and the atmosphere, there was a rise in the greenhouse effect on the Earth. Palm trees grew at the poles and the Arctic Ocean became as warm as a subtropical swimming pool. Could something similar happen again? Appy Sluijs is a Natural Sciences laureate of the Ammodo KNAW Award 2017.

Sciences

Ammodo KNAW Award
AMMODO ✕ KNAW
March 2015 - present

Ammodo and the KNAW both attach importance to wholly unfettered fundamental scientific research. Ammodo and the KNAW have joined forces to give extra impetus to this type of research at the present time. In 2015 the Ammodo KNAW Award is established, whereby every two years eight laureates are each awarded a cash prize of 300,000 euros. This amount may be spent by the laureate at his/her discretion on a fundamental scientific research project.

ammodo-knaw-award.org