In 2024, the Heineken Prizes will celebrate their 60th anniversary of the very first Heineken Prize: the Dr H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics. The award was introduced by Alfred Heineken in 1964 in honour of the 77thbirthday of his father, Henry Pierre Heineken. Since then, the Heineken Prizes have become internationally leading awards for top scientists.

The nomination and selection process of the Heineken Prizes is being redesigned after the board of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences decided in 2023 to suspend collaboration after almost 60 years. As a result, the Heineken Prizes are in a transition period. To make sure the transition is as unwaveringly committed as possible and ensure the quality of the nomination and selection process, it has been decided to organise the upcoming edition of the Heineken Prizes differently.

The 2024 anniversary edition will focus on the prize with which it all began 60 years ago: the Dr H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics.  In addition, as in previous years, the Heineken Young Scientists Awards will be presented to promising young researchers whose outstanding work sets an example for other young scientists. The presentation of the remaining five Heineken Prizes will be postponed until 2026.

The Heineken Prizes remain committed to promoting excellence in science and honouring the visionary minds that shape the future. We look forward to celebrating this special anniversary in 2024 with leading scientists from around the world and promising young scientists from the Netherlands.