The NWO Spinoza Prize is the highest Dutch award in science. NWO awards the prize to Dutch researchers who rank among the absolute top of science. NWO awards the NWO Spinoza Prizes each year to researchers working in the Netherlands and who according to international standards belong to the absolute top of science. The Spinoza Laureates perform outstanding and ground-breaking research, which has a large impact. They inspire young researchers. They receive 2.5 million euro each for scientific research.
Spinoza Prize Laureates 2015
This year, NWO awards Spinoza Prizes to four leading scientists working in the Netherlands: organic chemistry authority René Janssen, religious studies scholar Birgit Meyer, statistician Aad van der Vaart and human genetics professor Cisca Wijmenga. NWO chairman Jos Engelen announced this on 12 June 2015.
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.
On 14 September 2015 the festive ceremony of the NWO Spinoza prizes took place in the Nieuwe Kerk in The Hague. The laureates presented their research plans for the premium.