Former members of the jury

Foto Douwe BreimerMr. Prof. dr. dr. h. c. mult. D.D. Breimer, professor  of pharmacology at the University of Leiden

Prof. Dr. Douwe D. Breimer qualified as a pharmacist at the University of Groningen in 1970 and obtained his Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Nijmegen in 1974. His research is in the area of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug metabolism and drug delivery, using in vitro and animal models, as well as investigations in humans (healthy volunteers and specific patient populations).

He was Rector Magnificus of LeidenUniversity from Febr. 2001 until Febr. 2007; Director of Research of the academic research institute Leiden/Amsterdam Centre for Drug Research from 1991 to 2000 and Chairman of the Centre for Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences from 1984 to 1991.

He is currently chairman of the Board of Life Sciences Partners (LSP) in Amsterdam, a major European venture capital company. He is also a member of the Supervisory Board of the Technical University of Delft, of the Governing Body of University College Cork and of the Governing Body of  the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He is chairman of the national committee of Dutch Organization of Scientific Research (N.W.O) on systems biology and chairman of the sector plans on physics and chemistry in The Netherlands. Furthermore he is a member of the Supervisory Boards of the Centre for Human Drug Research and the National Centre for Biodiversity Naturalis. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the InternationalSchool for Protocol and Diplomacy in The Hague.

Foto Aafke HulkMrs. Prof. Dr. A.C.J. Hulk, Professor of French Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam

Aafke Hulk studied French language and literature at the University of Utrecht, where she obtained her doctorate in 1982. During and after completing her doctorate research she worked as an assistant, later associate professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, until her appointment as full professor of French linguistics at the University of Amsterdam. In 1999 she became member of the governing board of NWO for a period of 5 years. In 2002 she left Amsterdam and moved to Utrecht University where she occupied a chair in Romance linguistics. In September 2003 she returned to the University of Amsterdam where she became dean of the faculty of Humanities. From February 2008 until August 2010, she was guest-researcher at the Meertens institute, as collaborator and supervisor of  an international, NWO funded project on Early child bilingualism.

She has always combined her international research with an active participation in management tasks and board memberships of committees and organisations involved with the planning, funding and organisation of academic research.

From August 2010 till December 2013, she has been rector of NIAS, a research institute of the Dutch Royal Academy in Wassenaar ( ).

She continues her research at the University of Amsterdam.

Her main research interests are
– Early child bilingualism, in particular cross-linguistic influence and vulnerability
– L1 and L2 acquisition of Romance and Germanic syntax
– Interaction between linguistic theory and language acquisition


Foto Ellen van DonkMrs. Prof. Dr. E. van Donk,  Director of the Department of Aquatic Ecology of the NIOO-KNAW (Dutch Institute for Ecology) and professor of Aquatic Ecology at the University of Utrecht

Ellen van Donk is currently the Head of Department of Aquatic Ecology at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO) of the Royal Academy of Science (KNAW). She graduated from the University of Amsterdam in 1983 with a Ph.D in Aquatic Ecology.

Her research interests include plankton dynamics and ecology, phytoplankton succession, lake eutrophication and ecosystem stress, and food web studies. Her work aims to elucidate how ecological mechanisms, evolutionary principles and abiotic factors govern the dynamics and structure of food webs in aquatic ecosystems.

In 2000 she received a professorship in Limnology at the University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands) on a one-day-a-week basis and in 2001 a visiting professorship in Aquatic Ecology at the University of Oslo (Norway).