The NWO Spinoza Prize is the highest award in Dutch science. Each year, NWO awards the NWO Spinoza Prizes to three or four researchers working in the Netherlands who according to international standards belong to the absolute top of science. The NWO Spinoza Laureates do outstanding and groundbreaking research, which has a large impact. They are an inspiration for young researchers. The laureates each receive 2.5 million euros to spend on scientific research. The NWO Spinoza Prize is a mark of honour and a stimulus for further research. With this initiative NWO encourages top research in the Netherlands.
On Friday, 10 June 2016 at 16.00 hours, NWO chairman Jos Engelen will announce which researchers have received the NWO Spinoza Prize this year. The announcement will form the conclusion of the Bessensap event [link naar Bessensap] at the Rode Hoed in Amsterdam.
On 13 September 2016 the ceremonial awarding of the NWO Spinoza Prizes will be held at the Nieuwe Kerk in The Hague. The laureates will then present their research and their plans for spending the prize money.
Spinoza Prize Laureates 2015
In September 2015, organic chemist René Janssen, religious studies scholar Birgit Meyer, statistician Aad van der Vaart and human geneticist Cisca Wijmenga presented their plans for using the NWO Spinoza Prize: 2.5 million euros per person for scientific research.
Prof.dr.ir. R.A.J. (René) Janssen (1959) is professor of molecular materials and nanosystems at the Eindhoven University of Technology.
Prof. Dr. B. (Birgit) Meyer (1960) is professor of religious studies at Utrecht University.
Prof.dr. A.W. (Aad) van der Vaart (1959) is professor of stochastics at Leiden University.
Prof. Dr. T.N. (Cisca) Wijmenga (1964) is professor of human genetics at the University of Groningen and the University Medical Center Groningen.