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Three young academics from the University of Amsterdam (UvA), six from VU Amsterdam and one from Amsterdam UMC have been appointed as members of the Amsterdam Young Academy (AYA): the network of young academics at VU Amsterdam, UvA and Amsterdam UMC.
First row, above: Aminesh Trivedi, Aybüke Özgün, Evgenia Lysova, Frederic Béen, Gea Dreschler. Second row, below: Lisa Beinborn, Mark Boukes, Melissa Hooijmans, Tessa Blanken, Yusuf Celik. Photo: Sander Nieuwenhuys.

AYA is a network of promising, young Amsterdam academics whose research extends beyond their own discipline. It was founded in 2018 by a number of Amsterdam-based members of De Jonge Akademie and commits to interdisciplinary research, social dialogue and research policy.

The ten new members in 2023 are:


  • Tessa Blanken (Psychology)
  • Mark Boukes (Corporate Communication)
  • Aybüke Özgün (Epistemology and philosophy)


  • Animesh Trivedi (Computer Science)
  • Lisa Beinborn (Natural Language Processing)
  • Evgenia Lysova (Organizational Behaviour)
  • Gea Dreschler (Linguistics)
  • Frederic Béen (Chemistry)
  • Yusuf Celik (Digital Humanities & Islam)

Amsterdam UMC

  • Melissa Hooijmans (Radiology en Nucleaire Medicine)