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 2022-2023
- Peter Bijl (chair)
- Hieke Huistra (vice-chair, Communications)
- Jojanneke van der Toorn (Finance)
- Katharine Fortin (Governance)
- Niko Wanders (Interdisciplinary Research)
- Martijn Huysmans (Education)
- Helen King (Social)
- Pooyan Tamimi Arab (Selection)
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.
Contact Person: Niko Wanders
Members: Peter Bijl, Peter Pelzer, Erik van Sebille, Valentijn Karemaker, Michelle van Vliet.
Contact Person: Özge Bilgili
Members: Dan Hassler-Forest, Pooyan Tamimi Arab, Jojanneke van der Toorn, Valentijn Karemaker.
Contact Person: Jarno Hoekman
Town Hall Meetings
Contact Person: Peter Pelzer
Members: Martine Veldhuizen.
True or False?
Contact Person: Martijn Huysmans
Members: Hieke Huistra, René Koekkoek.
Contact person: Dan Hassler-Forest
Members: Yvonne Vercoulen.
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.
Every Utrecht Young Academy generation organises a project on a topic that sparks their interest. For example, the second generation organised the VMBO vlog project and the fourth generation's project focused on understanding the diversity of ways in which Utrecht University uses "the future" or "futures" in education, research, and strategies.
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.