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Communications scientist Patti Valkenburg has been appointed distinguished research professor by the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) effective 1 March 2011.

Professor Patti M. Valkenburg has been appointed distinguished research professor by the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) effective 1 March 2011. Valkenburg is the first distinguished research professor at the FMG. She will combine this special position with her professorship in Youth and Media at the UvA.

By establishing the distinguished research professorship, the FMG wants to honour professors with exceptional research and / or educational qualities. It is thought that distinguished research professors make a major contribution to academic innovation and collaboration between different disciplines within the faculty. In addition to further developing her research, Valkenburg is committed to promoting cooperation between the faculty researchers and departments dealing with youth.

About Valkenburg

Patti Valkenburg (1958) has been working for the UvA since 1995 and has been professor of Youth and Media at the department of Communication Studies since 1998. In her research, she focuses on the use and effects of media on youth. This involves all media (from television to the internet) and all age groups (from 0 to 20 years old). In 2003, Valkenburg received a Vici grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). In 2009, she was awarded the prestigious Advanced Investigator Grant worth 2.5 million euros from the European Research Council (ERC). Valkenburg is the founder and director of the UvA’s Center for Research on Children, Adolescents and the Media (CCAM). Thanks to the many grants that the CCAM has managed to acquire, this centre has grown into the largest of its kind worldwide.

More information on the CCAM can be found via the website below.

Symposium on Youth, Media and Education

To mark Valkenburg’s appointment as distinguished research professor and the fifth anniversary of the CCAM, the FMG is organising the symposium ‘Youth, Media and Parenting’ (Jeugd, Media en Opvoeding) on Thursday, 31 March from 15:00-17.00. The speakers - Prof. Patti Valkenburg, Dr Sindy Sumter, Dr Moniek Buijzen and Prof. Jochen Peter - will present the latest findings in the field of media influence on youth.

Note to editors

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