New Scientist announces nominees Science Talent 2018

24 April 2018

The popular science magazine New Scientist today presents on its website the 25 nominees for the title of the greatest science talent of the Netherlands and Flanders.

The field of work of the nominees is very diverse: from research into smart negotiation algorithms to the development of the next generation of lie detectors. The public can vote via to help determine which scientist will be crowned New Scientist Science Talent 2018 on 31 May. The online ballot box is open through May 6.

The election is entering its fourth year this year. Last year Bastiaan Rijpkema, philosopher of law at Leiden University, won. He was the first social scientist to walk away with the prize. The election offers young scientists a platform on which they can show their research to a wider audience. ‘Scientific research in the Netherlands and Flanders is brimming with youthful talent – both inside and outside the walls of universities,’ says Jim Jansen, editor-in-chief of New Scientist. ‘This year we decided to open up the competition also to knowledge institutions other than the eighteen universities in the Netherlands and Flanders. As a result, the field of participants is more varied than ever.’

Public and jury opinion
The universities and knowledge institutions nominated their young talents in recent months. From these candidates, 25 top talents were selected. A professional jury, this year chaired by Stan Gielen (NWO president) and further consisting of Melanie Peters (Rathenau Institute director), Lieve van Hoof (Young Academy co-chair), Joos Vandewalle (KVAB president) and Jim Jansen, will examine the 25 nominees in the coming weeks.
To determine the winner, the opinion of the online voting public is combined with that of the jury. Both count for 50 percent in the final result. The winner of the title New Scientist Science Talent 2018 will receive a cash prize of 2,500 euros, made possible by the Rathenau Institute.

Award ceremony
On 31 May the winner will be announced during the event New Scientist Live in TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht. This evening the five best scoring talents will give a presentation about their research. There will also be lectures by stem cell researcher Hans Clevers, astronomer Vincent Icke and aging expert Andrea Maier. The festive award ceremony will follow at the end of the evening. Tickets are available via

The nominees?
Tim Baarslag (Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science)
Mirte Bosse (Wageningen University)
Hannelore Bové (Hasselt University)
Yoeri van de Burgt (Eindhoven University of Technology)
Corentin Coulais (University of Amsterdam)
Michiel Dusselier (Catholic University of Leuven)
Cleo Goyvaerts (Free University of Brussels)
Kasper van Gelderen (Utrecht University)
Willemijn Hobo (Radboud UMC)
Marlieke van Kesteren (Free University Amsterdam)
Anne Lafarre (Tilburg University)
Damya Laoui (Free University of Brussels)
Jeroen Leijten (Twente University)
Lucas Lindeboom (Maastricht University)
Maartje Luijten (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Peter Mooij (Delft University of Technology)
Angelique van Ombergen (University of Antwerp)
Bas Overvelde (AMOLF)
Emily Petroff (ASTRON)
Gerwin Smit (Delft University of Technology)
Laura Steenbergen (Leiden University)
Gert Stulp (University of Groningen)
Marjolein Vanoppen (Ghent University)
Jacco de Vries (Nikhef)
Sophie van der Zee (Erasmus University Rotterdam)



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