An active, independent, and diverse group of young researchers
Introducing the Utrecht Young Academy

The Utrecht Young Academy (UYA) is a select group of enthusiastic and ambitious young academics at Utrecht University. Operating as an independent organisation within the university, the UYA aims to exchange critical perspectives on academia, policy, and society in Utrecht and beyond.

UYA is a collaboration platform for generating ideas among young academics and influencing decision makers on science and education policy. Throughout the year, UYA members organise a wide variety of inspiring activities for scholars, students and the public in order to boost the relationship between academia and society.

Interested in becoming a member?

UYA members come from all backgrounds, fields, and disciplines, and have a passion for science and humanities. Every year, 8 new members will be selected. This year, potential candidates can be nominated by deans and programme directors. If you are interested in becoming a member or if you know a suitable candidate, please read the guidelines for the selection procedure and more information.


15 October 2019
In the midst of all the political chaos, climate change issues seem to have fallen by the wayside. Unjustifiably so, says Liesbeth van de Grift.
Logo Betweter Festival 2019
14 October 2019
At the Betweter science festival, UYA member Dan Hassler-Forest gave a lecture about science fiction, dystopias, and the crisis of our imagination.
Sanne Akerboom at the Makkelijk Praten podcast
7 October 2019
Scientists from Utrecht University talk about their research (and funny science facts) in the 'Makkelijk Praten' podcast.
Scientists4Future Bloc at Climate Strike
6 October 2019
The Consensus Statement by Scientists4Future NL has collected over 2000 signatures. The Utrecht Young Academy also signed the statement.
EU stars
4 October 2019
A consortium of scientists from 9 European universities from 8 different countries will be built over the next 3 years.




31 October 2019 14:00 - 17:00
The annual meeting of the Young Academies of Dutch universities will be hosted by the Utrecht Young Academy.
12 November 2019 20:00 - 21:30
As Arctic sea ice rapidly melts, tensions rise over the area’s vast resources. Political geographer Dr Duncan Depledge on a looming clash between East & West.
26 November 2019 20:00 - 21:30
Neurobioloog Dr. Fenella Fleischmann on what Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities tells us about nationalism today.
27 November 2019 16:00 - 17:30
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