In December 2016, Nikhef/Utrecht University researcher André Mischke was elected for membership of Academia Europaea. André Mischke is Associate Professor and deputy team leader of the Dutch research group in the ALICE experiment at CERN. He has been involved in several international experiments such as NA49 at the CERN-SPS and STAR at the BNL-RHIC facility. His current main research focuses on the study of hot and dense QCD matter in collisions of heavy atomic nuclei at the Large Hadron Collider.
Last year, Mischke was awarded a Vici grant from NWO to determine the dynamical properties of the quark-gluon plasma, a new state of matter that is believed to have existed in the early expanding universe a few microseconds after the big bang. His group has a world-leading role in the measurements of heavy-flavour particles where they provided the first measurement of D-mesons in high-energy heavy-ion collisions. Moreover, he is involved in the development of diagnostic devices in medical imaging. He has many administrative positions on national and international level.
Earlier this year, Raimond Snellings also joined Academia Europaea.
About Academia Europaea
The object of Academia Europaea is the advancement and propagation of excellence in scholarship in the humanities, law, the economic, social, and political sciences, mathematics, medicine, and all branches of natural and technological sciences anywhere in the world for the public benefit and for the advancement of the education of the public of all ages in the aforesaid subjects in Europe.
Academia Europaea is a European, non-governmental association acting as an Academy. The members are scientists and scholars who collectively aim to promote learning, education and research. Founded in 1988, with about 3470 members which includes leading experts from the physical sciences and technology, biological sciences and medicine, mathematics, the letters and humanities, social and cognitive sciences, economics and the law.