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 40 members.

Governance and Committees

The Utrecht Young Academy has multiple organisational 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) 

Project Committees

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.

Interdisciplinary Education

Contact Persons: Susanne Knittel and João Trabucho Alexandre, 

Members: Tessa Diphoorn, Laura Filion, Annemarie Kalis, Elaine Mak, Brianne McGonigle, Francien Peterse, Rianka Rijnhout, Tom Wennekes

Interdisciplinary Research

Contact Person: Mira Scholten

Members: Laura Fillion, Erik van Sebille, Niko Wanders


Contact Person: Jojanneke van der Toorn

Members: Fenella Fleischmann, Borja Martinovic, Brianne McGonigle, Divya Raj

Open Science

Contact Person: Sanli Faez

Members: Daniel Oberski, Lars Tummers

True or False?

Contact Person: Tom Wennekes 

Members: Fenella Fleischmann, Tim Mainhard, Elaine Mak, Francien Peterse, Lieke Stelling, Joas Wagemakers

Climate Change

Contact Persons: Liesbeth van de Grift and Niko Wanders

Members: Peter Bijl, Sanli Faez, Susanne Knittel, Elaine Mak, Peter Pelzer, Erik van Sebille, João Trabucho Alexandre

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, 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

Generational Project: Public Lecture

Every Utrecht Young Academy generation organises a public lecture for a broad audience.