The Utrecht Young Academy was founded in 2016 as a platform for young academics who want to engage with and influence the University and Society. As of now, the Utrecht Young Academy has 44 members.

The Utrecht Young Academy has multiple organisational committees: Governance, Finance, Social Activities, Selection, Education, Interdisciplinary Research, and Communication. The UYA Board consists of one member from each committee. Every two years a new board is assembled. The members elect the chair and vice-chair during the general assembly.

Board during academic year 2023-2024

  1. Peter Bijl (chair)
  2. Hieke Huistra (vice-chair, Communications)
  3. Valentijn Karemaker (Finance)
  4. Katharine Fortin (Governance)
  5. Karin Jongsma (Interdisciplinary Research)
  6. Martijn Huysmans (Education)
  7. Pooyan Tamimi Arab (Selection, Social)

Project Committees

The Utrecht Young Academy has multiple committees that work on projects focused on the three areas that are a part of its Mission: academia, policy, and society.

Climate Change

Contact Person: Sanne Akerboom and Michelle van Vliet

Members: Peter Bijl, Peter Pelzer, Valentijn Karemaker


Contact Person: Özge Bilgili

Members: Dan Hassler-Forest, Pooyan Tamimi ArabVerena SeibelValentijn Karemaker

Open Science

Contact Person: Jarno Hoekman

Town Hall Meetings

Contact: Board

True or False?

Contact Person: Martijn Huysmans

Members: Hieke Huistra


Contact person: Dan Hassler-Forest 

Members: Yvonne Vercoulen

Public Engagement

The Utrecht Young Academy has a number of projects that engage with the city of Utrecht and society at large. Among these are our collaboration with Studium Generale, our climate help desk (KlimaatHelpdesk), the elementary school project True or False?, the VMBO vlog project, and The Utrecht Film Intervention.

Evaluation Report

In our Evaluation Report 2016-2019, you can find a summary of our history, current structure, past and ongoing projects, and plans for the future.