The awards are the highest academic prizes in the Netherlands
Linda Steg, professor of Environmental Psychology at the University of Groningen, will receive the Stevin Prize, whilst Pauline Kleingeld, professor of Ethics and its History at the University of Groningen, will receive the prestigious “Spinoza Prize” in September. These are the highest scientific awards in the Netherlands.
Cisca Wijmenga, Rector Magnificus of the RUG, is very proud: “In Groningen we are mostly humble and would say ‘it could be less’, but for this time I say ‘this is just fantastic!’ A very justifiable achievement for both laureates, and what an honor for our university to have these talented female professors in-house. I hope they will be able and able to offer our students a lot of inspiration for a long time to come. ” As reported by the GIC.
Outside of the RUG, professors Nynke Dekker (TU Delft), Jan van Hest (TU Eindhoven) and Sjaak Neefjes (Leiden) will receive the Spinoza Prize, and professor Ton Schumacher (Netherlands Cancer Institute) will also receive a Stevin Prize.
The six top scientists will receive a € 2.5 million payout for their excellent, pioneering and inspiring work. The quality of the researcher is paramount in both grants; the Spinoza Prize focuses on scientific work and fundamental issues, and the Stevin Prize primarily honors social impact.