logo
Erik van Lieshout

Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art 2018 awarded to Erik van Lieshout

The international jury for the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art has unanimously selected Dutch visual artist Erik van Lieshout as this year’s laureate. Van Lieshout will receive a cash prize of EUR 100,000, half of which is meant to finance a publication and/or exhibition. The award ceremony will take place in Amsterdam on Thursday 27 September 2018. The Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art is Netherlands’ most prestigious prize for visual artists. It is financed from a private fund and was established thirty years ago. To mark this milestone, the Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven will be hosting a major jubilee exhibition from 14 July to 30 September 2018.

For more information click here.

Heineken Young Scientists Awards 2018 Call for Nominations OPEN

Heineken Young Scientists Awards 2018
Call for nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Heineken Young Scientists Awards.

For more information click here.

Heineken Prizes 2018 Call for Nominations OPEN

Call for nominations 2018

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Heineken Prizes.

For more information click here

Heineken Prizes 2016 Winners

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken presents Heineken Prizes for Science and Art

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken presented the Heineken Prizes for Science and Art this afternoon to Jennifer Doudna, Stephen Jackson, Georgina Mace, Judith Herrin, Elizabeth Spelke and Yvonne Dröge Wendel.

The Heineken Prizes are the largest international research prizes in the Netherlands and are awarded every other year. The winners are selected by juries consisting of leading international researchers put together by the Academy.

The Heineken Prizes amount to USD 200,000 each. The Heineken Prize for Art consists of EUR 50,000 and EUR 50,000 to be spent on a publication or exhibition.

The Heineken Prizes are named after Dr Henry P. Heineken (1886-1971); Dr Alfred H. Heineken (1923-2002) and Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken (1954), chair of the Dr H.P. Heineken Foundation and the Alfred Heineken Fondsen Foundation, which finance the Heineken Prizes.

Heineken Prizes 2016 Winners

Left to right Elizabeth Spelke, Georgina Mace, Judith Herrin, Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken, Stephen Jackson, José van Dijck, Yvonne Dröge Wendel, Jennifer Doudna (Photo Frank van Beek) (Click the photo to enlarge)

 

Jennifer Doudna

Jennifer Doudna, Professor of Biomedical Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley (US), will receive the 2016 Dr H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics for her pioneering research into the structure and functioning of RNA molecules and RNA protein complexes.
> Video
> Laudatio

 

Steve Jackson

Stephen (Steve) Jackson, Professor of Biology at the University of Cambridge (UK), will receive the 2016 Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Medicine for his fundamental research into DNA repair in human cells and for the successful application of knowledge of that process in the development of new cancer drugs.
> Video
> Laudatio

 

Georgina Mace

Georgina Mace, Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems at University College London (UK), will receive the 2016 Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences for developing scientific criteria for the world’s most comprehensive list of threatened species and for establishing priorities for nature conservation.
> Video
> Laudatio

 

Judith Herrin

Judith Herrin, Emeritus Professor of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies at King’s College London (UK), will receive the 2016 Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for History for her groundbreaking research into Medieval cultures in Mediterranean civilisations and for establishing the crucial significance of the Byzantine Empire in history.
> Video
> Laudatio

 

Elizabeth Spelke

Elizabeth Spelke, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, Cambridge (US), will receive the 2016 C.L. de Carvalho-Heineken Prize for Cognitive Sciences for her pioneering research into the cognitive development of infants.
> Video
> Laudatio

 

Yvonne Dröge Wendel

Dutch visual artist Yvonne Dröge Wendel was awarded the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art 2016. The international jury has praised Wendel’s work for its originality, inventiveness and vitality.
> Video
> Laudatio

 

Heineken Young Scientist Awards

At the same event, the five Heineken Young Scientist Awards (EUR 10,000 each) were presented to five young Dutch researchers: microbiologist Edze Westra, biomedical scientist Mariëtte Boon, ecologist Wouter Halfwerk, historian Karwan Fatah-Black, and neuroscientist Jasper Poort.

The Heineken Young Scientists Awards offer encouragement to talented young researchers. They are awarded every other year to promising researchers whose outstanding work sets an example for others of their generation.

Heineken Young Scientists Awards 2016 Winners

Left to right José van Dijck, Edze Westra, Mariëtte Boon, Alexander de Carvalho,Karwan Fatah-Black, Louisa de Carvalho, Wouter Halfwerk, en Jasper Poort (Photo Frank van Beek) (Click the photo to enlarge)

 

Edze Westra, research fellow at the University of Exeter (United Kingdom)
Dr E.R. Westra (32) is receiving the 2016 Heineken Young Scientists Award for Biochemistry and Biophysics for his cross-disciplinary study of CRISPR-Cas, a natural adaptive immune system in bacteria.

Mariëtte Boon, researcher at Leiden University Medical Centre
Dr M.R. Boon (27) is receiving the 2016 Heineken Young Scientist Award for Medicine for her research on ‘brown fat’, a special type of fat cell that converts glucose and lipids into body heat.

Wouter Halfwerk, assistant professor at VU University Amsterdam
Dr W. Halfwerk (35) is receiving the 2016 Heineken Young Scientists Award for Environmental Sciences for his creative research on how humans alter communication between animals in nature.

Karwan Fatah-Black, assistant professor at Leiden University
Dr K.J. Fatah-Black (35) is receiving the 2016 Heineken Young Scientists Award for History for his study of Dutch formal and informal transatlantic trade in the Golden Age, especially the trade in slaves.

Jasper Poort, researcher at University College London
Dr J. Poort (33) is receiving the 2016 Heineken Young Scientists Award for Cognitive Sciences for his research on how our brain takes rapid decisions by focusing on the most important information available.

For more information about the Heineken Prizes, please visit www.knaw.nl/heinekenprizes or contact Irene van Houten, Communications Department Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, telephone +31 6 1137 5909.

Yvonne Dröge Wendel ontvangt de prestigieuze Dr. A.H. Heinekenprijs voor de Kunst 2016

Op donderdag 29 september 2016 reikt Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken de Dr. A.H. Heinekenprijs voor de Kunst 2016 uit. De laureaat is beeldend kunstenaar Yvonne Dröge Wendel. Zij ontvangt 100.000 euro, waarvan de helft is bestemd voor een publicatie en/of een tentoonstelling.
De prijs wordt dit jaar voor de vijftiende maal toegekend. De officiële ceremonie vindt plaats in de Beurs van Berlage te Amsterdam.
Bij die gelegenheid worden ook de vijf wetenschappelijke Heinekenprijzen uitgereikt en vijf prijzen voor jonge wetenschappers, die aan een Nederlandse onderzoeksinstelling promotieonderzoek hebben verricht.

Download persbericht (pdf)

Five exemplary researchers receive Heineken Young Scientists Awards

Talented young scientists receive Heineken Young Scientists Awards

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has announced the winners of the 2016 Heineken Young Scientists Awards. Each of the five recipients will receive EUR 10,000. Microbiologist Edze Westra, biomedical scientist Mariëtte Boon, ecologist Wouter Halfwerk, historian Karwan Fatah-Black, and neuroscientist Jasper Poort will be presented with their awards on Thursday 29 September at the Beurs van Berlage building in Amsterdam.

Heineken Young Scientists Award for Biochemistry and Biophysics: Edze Westra
Dr E.R. (Edze) Westra (32), research fellow at the University of Exeter (United Kingdom), is receiving the 2016 Heineken Young Scientists Award for Biochemistry and Biophysics for his cross-disciplinary study of CRISPR-Cas, a natural adaptive immune system in bacteria.

Heineken Young Scientists Award for Medicine: Mariëtte Boon
Dr M.R. (Mariëtte) Boon (27), researcher at Leiden University Medical Centre, is receiving the 2016 Heineken Young Scientist Award for Medicine for her research on ‘brown fat’, a special type of fat cell that converts glucose and lipids into body heat.

Heineken Young Scientists Award for Environmental Sciences: Wouter Halfwerk
Dr W. (Wouter) Halfwerk (35), assistant professor at VU University Amsterdam, is receiving the 2016 Heineken Young Scientists Award for Environmental Sciences for his creative research on how humans alter communication between animals in nature.

Heineken Young Scientists Award for History: Karwan Fatah-Black
Dr K.J. (Karwan) Fatah-Black (35), assistant professor at Leiden University, is receiving the 2016 Heineken Young Scientists Award for History for his study of Dutch formal and informal transatlantic trade in the Golden Age, especially the trade in slaves.

Heineken Young Scientists Award for Cognitive Sciences: Jasper Poort
Dr J. (Jasper) Poort (33), researcher at University College London, is receiving the 2016 Heineken Young Scientists Award for Cognitive Sciences for his research on how our brain takes rapid decisions by focusing on the most important information available.

The Heineken Young Scientists Awards offer important encouragement to talented young scientists who set an example for other young researchers and scientists. On 30 March, the Academy announced the winner of the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art (EUR 50,000 in cash plus EUR 50,000 for a sculpture, a publication and/or an exhibition). On 10 May, the Academy announced the five winners of the Heineken Prizes (USD 200,000 each) for outstanding Dutch and foreign researchers.

Awards ceremony
The 2016 Heineken Young Scientists Awards will be presented on Thursday 29 September during an extraordinary meeting of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences at the Beurs van Berlage building in Amsterdam. The Heineken Prizes will be presented on the same occasion.

About the Heineken Young Scientists Awards
The Heineken Young Scientists Awards offer encouragement to talented young researchers. They are awarded every other year to promising researchers whose outstanding work sets an example for others of their generation. The winners work in the same disciplines as the Heineken Prize laureates and are selected by the same international juries assembled by the Academy. The Heineken Young Scientists Awards consist of a work of art designed by Jeroen Henneman (Amsterdam) and EUR 10,000.

About the Heineken Prizes
The Heineken Prizes are the most prestigious international science prizes of the Netherlands. They are awarded every other year. They are named after Dr Henry P. Heineken (1886-1971); Dr Alfred H. Heineken (1923-2002) and Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken (1954-), chairman of the Dr H.P. Heineken Foundation, the Dr A.H. Heineken Foundations and the C.L. de Carvalho-Heineken Foundation, which fund the prizes.

Heineken Prizes 2016 Winners

Five scientists awarded with prestigious Heineken Prizes 2016

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has awarded the 2016 Heineken Prizes to biochemist Jennifer Doudna (University of California), biologist Stephen (Steve) Jackson (University of Cambridge), ecologist Georgina Mace (University College London), historian Judith Herrin (King’s College London) and psychologist Elizabeth Spelke (Harvard University). The Heineken Prizes, amounting to USD 200,000 each, will be presented on 29 September 2016 in the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam.

Dr H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics:
Jennifer Doudna
Jennifer Doudna, Professor of Biomedical Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley (US), will receive the 2016 Dr H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics for her pioneering research into the structure and functioning of RNA molecules and RNA protein complexes.

Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Medicine:
Stephen Jackson

Stephen (Steve) Jackson, Professor of Biology at the University of Cambridge (UK), will receive the 2016 Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Medicine for his fundamental research into DNA repair in human cells and for the successful application of knowledge of that process in the development of new cancer drugs.

Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences:
Georgina Mace

Georgina Mace, Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems at University College London (UK), will receive the 2016 Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences for developing scientific criteria for the world’s most comprehensive list of threatened species and for establishing priorities for nature conservation.

Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for History:
Judith Herrin

Judith Herrin, Emeritus Professor of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies at King’s College London (UK), will receive the 2016 Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for History for her groundbreaking research into Medieval cultures in Mediterranean civilisations and for establishing the crucial significance of the Byzantine Empire in history.

C.L. de Carvalho-Heineken Prize for Cognitive Sciences:
Elizabeth Spelke

Elizabeth Spelke, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, Cambridge (US), will receive the 2016 C.L. de Carvalho-Heineken Prize for Cognitive Sciences for her pioneering research into the cognitive development of infants.

Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art:
Yvonne Dröge Wendel

The Academy announced last month that the 2016 Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art will be awarded to visual artist Yvonne Dröge Wendel. Award ceremony The 2016 Heineken Prizes will be presented on 29 September 2016 during a special meeting of the Academy in the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam. At the same ceremony, five Heineken Young Scientists Awards will be presented to talented young researchers who, in the opinion of the jury, serve as an example to other researchers in their field.

About the Heineken Prizes
The Heineken Prizes are the largest international research prizes in the Netherlands and are awarded every other year. The winners are selected by juries consisting of leading international researchers put together by the Academy.

The Heineken Prizes amount to USD 200,000 each. The Heineken Prize for Art amounts to EUR 100,000, half of which must be spent on a publication or exhibition. There are also five Heineken Young Scientists Awards for young researchers. These prizes amount to EUR 10,000 each. These winners will be announced shortly.

The Heineken Prizes are named after Dr Henry P. Heineken (1886-1971); Dr Alfred H. Heineken (1923-2002) and Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken (1954), chair of the Dr H.P. Heineken Foundation and the Alfred Heineken Fondsen Foundation, which finance the Heineken Prizes. More information about the Heineken Prizes is available at KNAW website. Note for media representatives only: Media questions can be sent to Kim van den Wijngaard (KNAW), +31 20 551 0744, +31 6 1272 0479. High resolution photos of the laureates are available here.

Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art 2016 awarded to Yvonne Dröge Wendel

The international jury for the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art has unanimously selected Dutch visual artist Yvonne Dröge Wendel as this year’s laureate. Dröge Wendel will receive a cash prize of EUR 100,000, half of which is meant to finance a publication and/or exhibition. The jury has praised Dröge Wendel’s work for its originality, inventiveness and vitality. The Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art is the Netherlands’ most prestigious prize for visual artists. It is financed from a private fund, the Dr A.H. Heineken Foundation for Art. The prize is being awarded for the fifteenth time this year. The award ceremony will take place on Thursday 29 September 2016 in Amsterdam.

For more information click here.

Call for nominations 2016

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Heineken Prizes.

For more information click here.

Heineken Prizes 2014 Winners

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken presents Heineken Prizes for Science and Art

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken presented the Heineken Prizes for Science and Art this afternoon to Christopher Dobson, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Kari Alitalo, Aleida Assmann, Jaap Sinninghe Damsté and James McClelland.

50th anniversary of Heineken Prizes
The prizes, which were presented at the Beurs van Berlage Building this afternoon in the presence of His Majesty King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands, were awarded for the first time fifty years ago. In her speech, Mrs De Carvalho spoke of the passion for science and art that led her father, Freddy Heineken, to establish the first Heineken Prizes. She herself added a prize for cognitive science and five Young Scientist Awards.

The Heineken Prizes have gained an impressive reputation worldwide. They are regarded as forerunners of the Nobel Prize; so far, fourteen Heineken laureates later became Nobel Prize winners.

From left: Wendelien van Oldenborgh, James McClelland, Jaap Sinninghe Damsté, Hans Clevers (president KNAW), Christopher Dobson, King Willem-Alexander, Kari Alitalo, Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken, Aleida Assmann (Photo Frank van Beek)

Christopher Dobson, University of Cambridge, winner of the Dr H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics, is receiving the award (USD 200,000) for uncovering the manner in which proteins in the human body sometimes misfold themselves and how that process may lead to age-related diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and diabetes.

Video

Laudatio

Kari Alitalo, University of Helsinki, winner of the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Medicine, is receiving the award (USD 200,000) for his pioneering research into how and when lymphatic and blood vessels grow and how that knowledge can lead to better treatments for cancer and other diseases.

Video

Laudatio

Jaap Sinninghe Damsté, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research/Utrecht University, winner of the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences, is receiving the award (USD 200,000) for discovering and developing chemical fossils, which are helping us reconstruct the history of earth’s biosphere.

Video

Laudatio

Aleida Assmann, University of Konstanz, winner of the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for History, is receiving the award (USD 200,000) for her contribution to the study of the ‘cultural memory’, i.e. how societies deal with their past through cultural expression, for example the news media, literature, the visual arts, music, buildings and monuments, and remembrance days.

Video

Laudatio

James McClelland, Stanford University, winner of the C.L. de Carvalho-Heineken Prize for Cognitive Science, is receiving the award (USD 200,000) for his important and fundamental contribution to the use of neural networks to model cognitive processes of the brain.

Video

Laudatio

Wendelien van Oldenborgh, visual artist, winner of the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art, is receiving an award of EUR 100,000, half of which is intended to fund a publication and/or exhibition.

Video

Laudatio

Heineken Young Scientist Awards

At the same event, the five Heineken Young Scientist Awards (EUR 10,000 each) were presented to five young Dutch researchers.

From left: Rob Middag, Celia Berkers, Alexander Vlaar, King Willem-Alexander, Irene van Renswoude, Hans Clevers, Martin Vinck (Photo Frank van Beek)

Celia Berkers (33), Utrecht University, is receiving the Heineken Young Scientists Award for Biochemistry and Biophysics for her research into the workings of the proteasome, a structure that breaks down proteins in biological cells.

Alexander Vlaar (32), Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam, is receiving the Heineken Young Scientists Award for Medicine for his research into acute lung injury as a side effect of blood transfusions in IC patients.

Rob Middag (30), University of Otago, New Zealand, is receiving the Heineken Young Scientists Award for Environmental Sciences for his field research into trace metals in oceans.

Irene van Renswoude (46), Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, The Hague, is receiving the Heineken Young Scientists Award for History for her study of free speech in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages.

Martin Vinck (30), Yale University, USA, is receiving the Heineken Young Scientists Award for Cognitive Science for his research into the role of electrical oscillation in cognitive processes.

For more information, visit http://www.knaw.nl/heinekenprizes or contact Irene van Houten, +31 6 1137 5909.