Heineken Prizes

Dr H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics 2024

Ruedi Aebersold and Matthias Mann

A tribute to the field that analyses the large-scale network of proteins: proteomics

Biochemists Ruedi Aebersold and Matthias Mann will be awarded the Dr H.P. Heineken Prize for Biochemistry and Biophysics 2024. The jury commends their pioneering work in proteomics, and especially their prolific and seminal contributions to new techniques to study proteins in a system-wide context. As a result of their achievements, we better understand how healthy cells work and what goes wrong in disease. Never before has the prize been awarded to two independent scientists.

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Heineken Young Scientists Awards

Heineken Young Scientists Award in the Medical/Biomedical Sciences 2024

Kevin ten Haaf

‘Efficient lung cancer screening can prevent deaths’

Kevin ten Haaf (1988) studied econometrics and management sciences at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. At Erasmus MC Rotterdam, he received his PhD (cum laude) on the optimisation of lung cancer screening in 2017. After this, he held several research positions at Erasmus MC and was a visiting scientist at the National University of Singapore. He has been an Assistant Professor in Public Health at the department of Public Health at Erasmus MC in Rotterdam since 2021.

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Heineken Young Scientists Award in the Humanities 2024

Lorena De Vita

‘Reconciliation between countries often requires uncomfortable compromises’

Lorena De Vita (1987) studied political science and international relations at Roma Tre University and the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2016, she received her PhD in international history from Aberystwyth University in Wales and has been an Assistant Professor in the history of international relations at Utrecht University since 2017. During her career, she has received several fellowships. She was, for instance, Joseph Wulf Fellow at the Memorial House of the Wannsee Conference in Berlin in 2015, Visiting Research Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2019, and Visiting Scholar at the University of Oxford in 2023.

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Heineken Young Scientists Award in the Natural Sciences 2024

Casper van der Kooi

‘Flowers Adapt Evolutionarily to Their Pollinators’

Casper van der Kooi (1990) studied evolutionary biology at the University of Groningen. He completed his PhD in computational physics in 2015 and in evolutionary biology in 2018. Following a postdoctoral position at the University of Groningen and a Humboldt Fellowship at the University of Würzburg in Germany, he rejoined the University of Groningen as a university lecturer in evolutionary biophysics in 2023.

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Heineken Young Scientists Award in the Social Sciences 2024

Manon van Scheppingen

‘Your personality changes even when you are an adult’

Manon van Scheppingen (born 1988) studied remedial education at VU University Amsterdam. In 2018, she received her PhD in developmental psychology from Tilburg University. During her PhD, she researched how personality develops in the context of parenthood and romantic relationships. Following a postdoctoral position at the University of Amsterdam, she has been a university lecturer in the department of Developmental Psychology at Tilburg University since 2019.

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