The jury

The jury consists of:

Dr. ir. Melanie Peters, chair of the jury

Dr. Melanie Peters became director of the Rathenau Instituut on 1 February 2015.

She has a broad background in science, industry and the public sector, combined with ample experience of national and international politics and social relations. She studied food technology at Wageningen University, and became a certified toxicologist at Imperial College, London, where she was also awarded a PhD in biochemistry.

Dr. Peters worked as a scientific researcher at the University of Texas at Austin, and led a research team at Shell Research and Technology Centre Amsterdam. She has held various positions combining science, policy, politics and social issues at the Ministry of Agriculture, the Dutch Consumer Association, and as director of Utrecht University’s Studium Generale scientific discussion platform.

Dr. Peters is independent member of the national contact point for OECD guidelines on international Corporate Social Responsiblity. In 2018 she was appointed member of the Netherlands Commission for Unesco.


Prof. dr. dr. Patricia Dankers

Patricia Dankers is Professor of Biomedical Materials at the Faculty of Biomedical Technology and the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems at Eindhoven Technical University (TU/e). Ze studied Chemistry at Radboud University Nijmegen, and completed her first PhD in supramolecular chemistry and biomaterials at TU/e in 2006. She then worked at the company SupraPolix in Eindhoven, and the laboratory for Pathology and Medical Biology at the University Medical Centre Groningen. She defended her second PhD on kidney regeneration in the Medical Sciences at the University of Groningen in 2013. In 2010 she worked at the Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, United States. She then continued her university lecturing at the TU/e, where she was promoted to associate professor in 2014, and to full professor in 2017. 

The mission of her research group is to educate and train students and to perform research in the areas of biomaterials, supramolecular chemistry and regenerative medicine. Her research focus is on the design, synthesis and application of new functional biomaterials that are inspired by nature. A Veni and Vidi laureate (2008, 2017), Patricia Dankers was awarded an ERC starting grant and an ERC proof of concept grant (2012, 2017). She was member of the first ‘Jonge Gezondheidsraad’ (2011-2013), and has been a member (since 2015) and member of the board (since 2016) of ‘De Jonge Akademie’ of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dankers is committed to informing and inspiring the general audience about science and research. 



Prof. dr. Jan Willem Duyvendak, Professor of Sociology, University of Amsterdam, Director of NIAS

Jan Willem Duyvendak is Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam, after he had been director of the Verwey-Jonker Research Institute for Social Issues (1999-2003) and Professor of Community Development at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. With regard to his background training, he received his master’s degrees in both sociology and philosophy at the University of Groningen. Moreover, he did his doctoral research, which dealt with new social movements, at the University of Amsterdam. His main fields of research currently are the transformation of the welfare state, belonging and ‘feeling at home’, and nativism. His latest books include The Politics of Home. Nostalgia and Belonging in Western Europe and the United States (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), Crafting Citizenship. Negotiating Tensions in Modern Society (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, co-authored with Menno Hurenkamp and Evelien Tonkens), European States and Their Muslim Citizens. The Impact of Institutions on Perceptions and Boundaries (Cambridge University Press 2014, co-edited with John Bowen, Christophe Bertossi, Mona Lena Krook), New York and Amsterdam. Immigration and the New Urban Landscape (NYU Press 2014, co-edited with Nancy Foner, Jan Rath and Rogier van Reekum) and Players and Arenas. The Interactive Dynamics of Protest (Amsterdam University Press 2015, co-edited with James M. Jasper), The Culturalization of Citizenship. Belonging and Polarization in a Globalizing World (Macmillan 2016, co-edited with Peter Geschiere and Evelien Tonkens.)

In 2013-2014, Duyvendak was Distinguished Fellow at the Advanced Research Collaborative at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In Spring 2016 he was Research Fellow at the Paris Institute for Advanced Studies. Since July 2017 he is Executive Committee Chair at Council for European Studies. Since January 1st 2018 he is director of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (NIAS-KNAW).



ana leeAna Lee, MSc., Senior Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Specialist, L’Oréal Benelux

Ana Lee holds a master’s degree in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences with a Science Based Business specialization from Leiden University. She is currently responsible for the Scientific and Regulatory affairs department of L’Oréal Netherlands. Within this position she ensures among others the compliance of the Group’s wide range of products with relevant regulations and oversees the post-marketing surveillance. She represents L’Oréal at the Dutch Cosmetics Association (NCV) in the technical committee, which deals with all matters concerning legislation with regard to the safety of the products and developments relating to cosmetic ingredients.




Foto: Bram Saeys. Afscheidsreceptie Wim van Saarloos FOM Differ TU/e, 16-6-2015
Foto: Bram Saeys.


Prof. dr. ir. Wim van Saarloos, Professor of Theoretical Physics, vice-president KNAW

Completing his studies of Thoretical Physics and graduating in Leiden in 1982, Wim Saarloos worked at Bell Laboratories in the USA for a period of over 8 years. In 1991 he returned as a professor at the university of Leiden where he started a research group in the field of unbalanced forces in physics, for example: spontaneous pattern formation, front propagation and granular media. He was co-founder of the Lorentz Center, a workshop center where he worked as a director until 2009. In November 2009 Wim van Saarloos took the position of director at the FOM Foundation until in 2015 he was asked to lead the transition of the NWO, forming a new organisation model that combined four domains under one institutional organisation. On the 1st of January 2017 he will be returning to the University of Leiden as a professor of Theoretical Physics. On September 1st 2016 Wim van Saarloos was appointed vice-president of the KNAW from which he will be promoted to president of the KNAW in 2018. Wim van Saarloos received the Elisabeth Parvé Steyn Prize in 2012 for his accomplishments for women in science.




Prof. dr. Annelien Bredenoord, Professor of Ethics of Biomedical Innovation at UMC (Universitair Medisch Centrum Utrecht) and member of the first chamber of the State’s General (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) on behalf of D66.

Annelien Bredenoord is professor Ethics of Biomedical Innovation at UMC in Utrecht. She studied Theology and Political Science at the University of Leiden and completed her graduation at the medical faculty of the University of Maastricht in 2010. She concentrated on ethical and social issues concerning new biomedical technology such as genetics, stem cell research, biobanks and reproductive medicine. She guides and helps other graduates and students and has received a VENI grant for her ethics on stem cell research. Her current projects are being financed by ZonMw and KWF, to name a few.

She serves on the boards of multiple (inter) national committees such as the Ethics Committee of the International Society for Stem Cell Research, the Scientific Board of the European Meeting on Psycho-Social Aspects of Genetics, the scientific advice board of the NIAS Lorentz Program, the national Indication commission of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnostics (Preimplantatie Genetische Diagnostiek)  and the METC of UMC Utrecht (the Medische Ethische Toelatingscommissie). She was a member of the Jonge Gezondheidsraad (the Youth Health Commission) from 2011-2013 and has been a member of the KNAW Jonge Akademie (the young Academy) since 2014.

Science and technology are becoming more and more entwined with ethics, politics and modern day society. This is the main reason why Bredenoord always looks for cooperation with other disciplines and political and social organisations. She published more than 50 scientific articles and is a well-known public figure in the media, in her opinion scientific debate should not be limited to academics.

She has been a member of the Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal (the First Chamber of the State’s General) on behalf of D66 since June 2016. Her responsibilities include General Health, privacy and family law.



Angela MaasProf. dr. Angela Maas, Professor of Cardiology, Radboud University

After graduating as a medical doctor, Angela Maas (born 1956) specialized in Cardiology at the Antonius Hospital in Nieuwegein, where she obtained her registration in 1988.

Following her registration she worked in Arnhem for four years, she then transferred to the  Isala Clinics in Zwolle where she worked from 1992 until 2012. During the past 25 years she studied cardiovascular diseases, focusing on the differences between male and female. She attended multiple international training courses in Canada, USA and Berlin. In 2003 she started cardiologic consolation hours for women and in 2006 she was promoted on this subject at the UMCU. Since May 2012 she works as a Professor at the Cardiology department, specializing in female conditions at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. In 2010 she won the Corrie Hermann Award from the Dutch Association for Feminine Doctors (VNVA) and also obtained the Libelle Award. In 2014 she received the Hemesdorf award from the Radboud University. Currently she is one of the most powerful women in Dutch healthcare (Opzij 2010-2015). She is mostly interested in health problems and innovative research projects for middle-aged women. Accordingly, she gains new insights through consulting different academic disciplines such as gynecology, the vascular intern, cardiac imaging, cardio-oncology and first-line medicine. Within the department cardiology for women, Angela is also responsible for leading the Centre of excellence for Microvascular Coronary Disease (MCD). Apart from her job she is an active member in several committees, to name a few examples: the VNVA, the board of the national network of female professors (LNVH) and the national alliance of Gender & Health. She is also a member of the board of control of Saxenburghgroep in Coevorden/Hardenberg. On a European level, she has an important role in implementing gender sensitive care within the cardiovascular healthcare.