An active, independent, and diverse group of young researchers
Introducing the Utrecht Young Academy

The Utrecht Young Academy (UYA) is a select group of enthusiastic and ambitious young academics at Utrecht University. Operating as an independent organisation within the university, the UYA aims to exchange critical perspectives on academia, policy, and society in Utrecht and beyond.

UYA is a collaboration platform for generating ideas among young academics and influencing decision makers on science and education policy. Throughout the year, UYA members organise a wide variety of inspiring activities for scholars, students and the public in order to boost the relationship between academia and society.

Interested in becoming a member?

UYA members come from all backgrounds, fields, and disciplines, and have a passion for science and humanities. Every year, 8 new members will be selected. If you are interested in becoming a member or if you know a suitable candidate, please read the guidelines for the selection procedure and more information.


9 September 2019
Joas Wagemakers writes in 'Nederlands Dagblad' about the recently enacted ban on burqas in specific (public) spaces.
6 September 2019
The earthquakes in Groningen are currently one of the most important societal issues in the Netherlands, says Rianka Rijnhout in her blogs.
sör alex /
4 September 2019
Academics from the Utrecht Young Academy discuss three timeless books in three lectures. Do they deserve to be praised as 'classics'?
Dr. ir. Niko Wanders
3 September 2019
Niko Wanders and Duurzaam Bedrijfsleven discuss the challenges that future droughts will pose to the Netherlands.
karim manjra /
2 September 2019
Academics from the Netherlands and abroad try to answer the question: have our hopes for the Post–Cold War era come true?