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Patti Valkenburg, Professor of Youth and Media at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), will receive the Dr Hendrik Muller Prize for Behavioural and Social Sciences from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) on 12 September 2011. The prize consists of a sum of 25,000 euros.

Patti Valkenburg, Professor of Youth and Media at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), will receive the Dr Hendrik Muller Prize for Behavioural and Social Sciences from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) on 12 September 2011. The prize consists of a sum of 25,000 euros.

Valkenburg has developed her own field of study, namely the use and influence of media on children and young people. She has developed theories to understand, for example,, the effects of media on children's imaginations, and devised a model to explain what media preferences children of different ages have. Her ideas have been an important starting point in developing the Kijkwijzer (the classification system for film, programmes and video games in the Netherlands). Her research provides scientific insight into how a child deals with social media during his or her youth, and what influence genetic predisposition and the environment within and outside the family have on this.Valkenburg is one of the leading figures in this field of study: she is the most cited European researcher in her field, has received numerous international prizes and plays an important role in the organising bodies of this field of study.

Prof. Valkenburg (1958) began her academic career late on in life - she started studying when she was 30 - but then rapidly scaled the heights of academia. Since obtaining her docotral degree in 1995, her research has been continuously funded by the KNAW, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the European Research Council. Valkenburg has been Professor of Youth and Media at the UvA’s department of Communication Science since 1998, and she is founder and scientific director of the Center for Research on Children, Adolescents and the Media, one of the largest of its kind in the world. Earlier this year she was appointed the first Distinguished Research Professor at the UvA’s Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Valkenburg was also appointed a member of the KNAW this year.

The KNAW has awarded the Dr. Hendrik Muller Prize to a leading researcher in the field of behavioral and social sciences every two years since 1991. The prize is funded by the Dr Hendrik Muller's Vaderlandsch Fonds Foundation.. The prize will be awarded to Valkenburg in a special ceremony, which will take place on Monday,12 September 2011 at the Trippenhuis, the KNAW headquarters.