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UvA researchers Saskia Bonjour, Helmer Helmers and Selma de Mink have been named members of The Young Academy of the Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). In 2019, these UvA academics, together with seven fellow academics from other universities, will join a select group of top young researchers.

Membership is for a period of five years. The new members will officially be installed on 21 March 2019.

Bonjour, Saskia, Challenges to Democratic Representation

Saskia Bonjour

Dr Saskia Bonjour (1980) conducts research into migration and migration policy. She teaches in the field of gender, racism and intersectionality from a political and historical perspective. Through her interdisciplinary research, she has become a leading international expert in her field. As member of The Young Academy, she will draw attention to (in)equality along the lines of ethnicity and race at Dutch universities, with a focus on the implications for researchers’ careers.

Helmer Helmers

Helmer Helmers

Dr Helmer Helmers (1977) studies early Dutch literature and culture. He has established several national and international research partnerships, also with other fields. His project Maritime Archaeology Meets Cultural History focused on the question of how cultural history and archaeology can learn from each other and generated much publicity. Within The Young Academy, Helmers will work towards achieving a more transparent and equitable policy for research grants, with particular attention for the Matthew Effects, in which the same people repeatedly receive grants, which in turn gives them a stronger position to receive follow-up grants. 

Selma de Mink, Anton Pannenkoek Institute, Astronomy

Selma de Mink

Dr Selma E. De Mink (1983) carries out research into astrophysics and massive stars. After obtaining her PhD in 2010, she received three of the world’s most prestigious astronomy fellowships and worked at various prestigious institutes, including NASA. She now heads a research group that studies the life of binary stars and the formation of black holes with the help of, among other things, computer simulations and the latest gravitational wave detections. De Mink likes to share her enthusiasm for her own field with the wider public and dedicates herself to promoting young women in the field of theoretical astrophysics.