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, UYA has 40 members.
Governance and Committees
The UYA has multiple organizational committees: Governance, Finance, Social Activities, Selection, and Communication. The UYA Board consists of one member from every committee. Every two years a new board is assembled. The current board has been in office since 2017. The chair and vice-chair are elected by the members during the general assembly.
Board as of 2019
- Susanne Knittel (Chair)
- Liesbeth van de Grift (Vice-Chair, Finance)
- Francien Peterse (Social)
- Martine Veldhuizen (Governance)
- Erik van Sebille (Communications)
- Madelijn Strick (Selection)
The Utrecht Young Academy has multiple project committees that focus on the three areas that are a part of its Mission: academia, policy and society.
Contact Person: Rianka Rijnhout
Members: Brianne McGonigle, Susanne Knittel, Sanli Faez, João Trabucho Alexandre, Francien Peterse, Elaine Mak, Tom Wennekes, Laura Filion, Annemarie Kalis
Contact Person: Jojanneke van der Toorn
Members: Brianne McGonigle, Laura Filion, Divya Raj, Fenella Fleischmann, Borja Martinovic
Contact Person: Sanli Faez
Members: Daniel Oberski, Lars Tummers
Contact Person: Borja Martinovic
Members: Wim Otte
Contact Person: Tom Wennekes
Members: Francien Peterse, Elaine Mak, Joas Wagemakers, Fenella Fleischmann, Lieke Stelling
Contact Person: Erik van Sebille
Members: Susanne Knittel, João Trabucho Alexandre, Elaine Mak, Liesbeth van der Grift
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, the elementary school project True or False?, Movies and Science and The Utrecht Film Intervention.
Visit of Young Scientists/Academic Freedom
Contact Person: Liesbeth van de Grift
Members: Susanne Knittel and Borja Martinovich
Generation Project: Public Lecture
Every UYA generation organizes a public lecture for a broad audience.