The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has selected four professors from the University of Amsterdam to be new members.
The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has selected four professors from the University of Amsterdam to be new members: Patti Valkenburg, Peter Wattel, Arthur Wilde, Jan Bergstra. In total, 20 new members have been inducted into the KNAW.
■ Prof. Patti M. Valkenburg (1958) is Distinguished Research Professor at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. She combines this position with her professorship in Youth and Media at the University of Amsterdam.
■ Prof. Peter J. Wattel (1956) is professor of European Tax Law. He is also the Advocate General at the Supreme Court of the Netherlands.
■ Prof. Arthur A.M. Wilde (1956) is professor of Cardiology. He conducts research on, among other things, the mechanism and the genetic background of cardiac arrhythmias and the origin of sudden cardiac death.
■ Prof. Jan A. Bergstra (1951) is professor of Computer Science. He is also professor of Applied Logic at Utrecht University. Bergstra focuses on, among other things, interactive software development and innovation.
The KNAW advises the government on developments in science and scholarship, promotes national and international academic cooperation, is active in assessing the quality of academic research and is responsible for 18 internationally-renowned research institutes.
The Academy has about 500 members and has functioned as a learned society of top academics since 1808. Members are chosen on the basis of high-quality academic achievements. Membership is for life. When an Academy member reaches the age of 65, he or she must make way for a new member.
Members of the KNAW meet to share knowledge and debate science policy and other issues of interest to science, scholarship and society. Together they represent a broad spectrum of academic disciplines and are active on boards and committees of the Academy.