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Hans Vliegenthart Thesis Award

In the Netherlands, we don’t tend to stick our heads above the parapet. Yet, in an increasingly global academic environment this is precisely what we should be doing. Utrecht University too should be showcasing its achievements. This is why the Utrecht University Fund has set up the Hans Vliegenthart Thesis Award, which awards a cash prize of 2.000 Euro for the best thesis of the year.

In 2014, participation is open to from students and alumni in the Life Sciences (Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacy) whose Master theses have been awarded a mark of 8/10 or higher in the year 2014.

Submission date: before 19 January 2015
Please read the regulations and conditions for entry

Postal address

Utrecht University Fund, mentioning Vliegenthart Thesis Award
PO Box 80125, 3508 TC Utrecht

Visiting address

Utrecht University Fund
Heidelberglaan 8, room 028, Utrecht

The Vliegenthart Thesis Award will be presented on Saturday 11 April 2015 in Utrecht.

Previous winners of the Vliegenthart Thesis Award

2013: Tabitha van Zinnen: ‘Pussy Riot's Punk Prayer: Blasfemie, parrèsia en de strijd om vrijheid
2012: Max Potters: "Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics of the 2D Euler and Shallow Water Models"
2011: Koen Docter: 'Cruel murderers, dangerous fanatics or exotic strangers'
2010: Kay Wiebrands: ‘A role of epithelial-mesenchymal transitions in carcinogenic progression’.
2009: Isis Bûtot: "The Literary as Translation: The Linguistic Homelessness of the Language of the Novel".
2008: Filip Schuurman: "Dynamics of Sharp Meander Bends on an Intertidal Mudflat"
2007: Luuk Slooter, author of the thesis "Cité Dreams: An Analysis of the French Suburban Riots of 2005".
2006: Hinze Hogendoorn, author of the thesis "The state of the art in visual object recognition".
2005: Frédérique Brinkerink, author of the thesis "Canova à Paris, Chinard à Rome", about sculptor Chinard.

About Hans Vliegenthart


Hans Vliegenthart, Professor Emeritus in Bio-Organic Chemistry, was President of the Utrecht University Foundation from 1999 to 2004. In his role as president, he meant a lot to both the University and the University Foundation.

Since the nineties, the University and the University Foundation have worked hard to forge closer links with Utrecht alumni. The starting point was the development of a joint alumni relations strategy. In 1999, the University-wide alumni relations strategy and the duties of the Foundation were integrated into one organisation, governed by the University Foundation Board.

It was Vliegenthart’s responsibility to realise our ambition of strengthening alumni relations. His efforts have been very successful. Thanks to, among other qualities, his leadership skills, his authority within the University, and his tremendous commitment, Utrecht’s alumni relations strategy has born fruit and developed into a fully-fledged alumni programme. Vliegenthart also gave his attention to another area of activity of the University Foundation: the establishment of special chairs.


Hans Vliegenthart is an eminent scientist, who, until 2003, published hundreds of articles, particularly in the field of organic chemistry. Over the years, he has received many accolades for his scientific achievements, such as:

  • Membership of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (1990)
  • Honorary doctorates from the University of Debrecen, Hungary (1992); the University of Science and Technology in Lille, France (1993); and from the University of Stockholm, Sweden (1997)
  • Knighthood in the Order of the Netherlands’ Lion (1998)
  • Utrecht University Silver Medal (2003)