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) 

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 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

Open Science

Contact Person: Sanli Faez

Members: Daniel Oberski, Lars Tummers


Contact Person: Borja Martinovic

Members: Wim Otte

True or False?

Contact Person: Tom Wennekes 

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

Climate Change

Contact Person: Erik van Sebille

Members: Susanne Knittel, João Trabucho Alexandre, Elaine Mak, Liesbeth van der Grift

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

Generation Project: Public Lecture

Every UYA generation organizes a public lecture for a broad audience.