Maurits van der Molen, professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), was presented with the UvA's Stapenning honorary medallion on Friday 28 June.
Louise Gunning, president of the UvA Executive Board, presented the honorary medallion during a symposium marking the end of the annual Summer School organised by the Cognitive Science Center Amsterdam (CSCA).
Van der Molen received the Stapenning honorary medallion in recognition of his exceptional academic achievements and tireless dedication to the UvA. He played a leading role in promoting brain research within the field of developmental psychology and was one of the founding fathers of biological Developmental Psychology. This involved the integration of various disciplines within the field of psychology.
Van der Molen was also one of the first to recognise the potential of MRI scan research for his field, especially in cerebral development studies on the behaviour of both adults and children. Through his innovative research methods, he was able to set up various avenues of research and managed to generate ample funding.
Van der Molen was also the driving force behind the establishment of the CSCA, and served as its first director. Furthermore, he also served as chair of the UvA's Developmental Psychology programme group for many years. During this time, he transformed the unit into one of the world’s leading programme groups in its field, a testament to his managerial and organisational talents.