PROJECTS

An overview of all projects
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
Guido van der Werf – Laureate 2017
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo KNAW Award
2017

Guido van der Werf researches the amount of greenhouse gases that are entering the atmosphere because of the burning of forests, grasslands and peat bogs. With the help of models, satellite photos and drones he charts the contributions of burning, deforestation and the expansion of agricultural land on the greenhouse effect. Guido is a Natural Sciences laureate of the Ammodo KNAW Award 2017.

Sciences
Asifa Majid – Laureate 2015
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo KNAW Award
2015

Why are we so bad at describing what we smell? Why do we have words for colours but not for scents? Have we lost that capability in evolution? Or is it due to our upbringing? Asifa Majid undertakes innovative fieldwork among various cultures and peoples to find new answers to questions about connections between brains, language and culture. Asifa Majid is a Humanities laureate of the Ammodo KNAW Award 2015.

ammodo-knaw-award.org

Sciences
Eveline Crone – Laureate 2017
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo KNAW Award
- 2017

Eveline Crone discovered that not every part of the human brain develops at the same time. In puberty brain centers determining emotions develop more quickly than those which control rational decision making. This helps explain unrestrained, irresponsible and risky adolescent behaviour. How does the adolescent brain use this turbulent phase to learn to take creative but balanced decisions? Eveline Crone is a Social 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
Roshan Cools – Laureate 2017
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo KNAW Award
2017

Roshan Cools discovered that medicines which affect our brains do not always have the same effect: a substance that increases concentration in a person’s brain, can actually reduce the flexibility of that brain. For someone else the effects may be the opposite. Cools is searching for the brain mechanisms behind something that has preoccupied philosophers throughout the ages: human will power. Roshan Cools is a Social Sciences laureate of the Ammodo KNAW Award 2017.

Sciences
Olivier Hekster – Laureate 2017
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo KNAW Award
2017

Olivier Hekster revisits the labelling of Roman Emperors such as Nero, Caligula and Commodus as ‘mad’ by looking at their use of the mass-media of antiquity: effigies on coins, statues and inscriptions on buildings. How did these Emperors attempt to establish their power over their vast empire using such communications? Olivier Hekster is a Humanities 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

Sciences
Alicia Montoya – Laureate 2017
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo KNAW Award
2017

Through studying 18th-century library sales catalogues, Alicia Montoya discovered that at a time when the Enlightenment changed thinking in Europe, religious books were still the biggest sellers. She questions what the impact of the philosophical transformation was amongst the wider population, outside the small circle of the intellectual elite. Has the hegemony of knowledge and reason been overstated? Alicia Montoya is Humanities laureate of the Ammodo KNAW Award 2017.

Sciences
Eva van Rooij – Laureate 2017
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo KNAW Award
2017

Eva van Rooij was the first person to discover that microRNA molecules, components of living cells which have only recently been discovered, play a role in heart diseases. She is now investigating other molecular mechanisms that affect our cardiac cells. Is it possible to influence these so as to limit damage to such cells or even reverse it? Eva van Rooij is a Biomedical Sciences laureate of the Ammodo KNAW Award 2017.

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

Sciences
Guido van der Werf – Laureate 2017
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo KNAW Award
2017

Guido van der Werf researches the amount of greenhouse gases that are entering the atmosphere because of the burning of forests, grasslands and peat bogs. With the help of models, satellite photos and drones he charts the contributions of burning, deforestation and the expansion of agricultural land on the greenhouse effect. Guido is a Natural Sciences laureate of the Ammodo KNAW Award 2017.

Sciences
Roshan Cools – Laureate 2017
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo KNAW Award
2017

Roshan Cools discovered that medicines which affect our brains do not always have the same effect: a substance that increases concentration in a person’s brain, can actually reduce the flexibility of that brain. For someone else the effects may be the opposite. Cools is searching for the brain mechanisms behind something that has preoccupied philosophers throughout the ages: human will power. Roshan Cools is a Social Sciences laureate of the Ammodo KNAW Award 2017.

Sciences
Alicia Montoya – Laureate 2017
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo KNAW Award
2017

Through studying 18th-century library sales catalogues, Alicia Montoya discovered that at a time when the Enlightenment changed thinking in Europe, religious books were still the biggest sellers. She questions what the impact of the philosophical transformation was amongst the wider population, outside the small circle of the intellectual elite. Has the hegemony of knowledge and reason been overstated? Alicia Montoya is Humanities laureate of the Ammodo KNAW Award 2017.

Sciences
Asifa Majid – Laureate 2015
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo KNAW Award
2015

Why are we so bad at describing what we smell? Why do we have words for colours but not for scents? Have we lost that capability in evolution? Or is it due to our upbringing? Asifa Majid undertakes innovative fieldwork among various cultures and peoples to find new answers to questions about connections between brains, language and culture. Asifa Majid is a Humanities laureate of the Ammodo KNAW Award 2015.

ammodo-knaw-award.org

Sciences
Olivier Hekster – Laureate 2017
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo KNAW Award
2017

Olivier Hekster revisits the labelling of Roman Emperors such as Nero, Caligula and Commodus as ‘mad’ by looking at their use of the mass-media of antiquity: effigies on coins, statues and inscriptions on buildings. How did these Emperors attempt to establish their power over their vast empire using such communications? Olivier Hekster is a Humanities laureate of the Ammodo KNAW Award 2017.

Sciences
Eva van Rooij – Laureate 2017
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo KNAW Award
2017

Eva van Rooij was the first person to discover that microRNA molecules, components of living cells which have only recently been discovered, play a role in heart diseases. She is now investigating other molecular mechanisms that affect our cardiac cells. Is it possible to influence these so as to limit damage to such cells or even reverse it? Eva van Rooij is a Biomedical Sciences laureate of the Ammodo KNAW Award 2017.

Sciences
Eveline Crone – Laureate 2017
AMMODO ✕ Ammodo KNAW Award
- 2017

Eveline Crone discovered that not every part of the human brain develops at the same time. In puberty brain centers determining emotions develop more quickly than those which control rational decision making. This helps explain unrestrained, irresponsible and risky adolescent behaviour. How does the adolescent brain use this turbulent phase to learn to take creative but balanced decisions? Eveline Crone is a Social Sciences laureate of the Ammodo KNAW Award 2017.