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The Scopus Young Researcher Awards have been presented for the first time in the Netherlands. The University of Amsterdam (UvA) scooped up two of the three awards.

Martin Vinck, affiliated with the UvA's Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS), and psychologist Roger Kievit received the award (a cash prize and a trophy) from jury president Martin Schuurmans and Felix Haest on behalf of scientific publisher Elsevier.

Three prizes were awarded in three broad research areas in the Dutch competition for the first time this year:

  • Life Sciences (LS), winner: Martin Vinck (UvA)
  • Sciences & Engineering (SE), winner: Jana Juan Alcañiz (TUD)
  • Humanities & Social Sciences (HS), winner: Rogier Kievit (UvA)

The female Spanish winner Alcañiz, in a category that was previously dominated by men, is characteristic of the many foreign talents who come to the Netherlands to pursue an academic career.

Selection criteria 

The winners were determined based on a pre-selection from Elsevier's Scopus database, followed by a thorough evaluation by a professional jury made up of an independent president, Martin Schuurmans, and three experts: Eppo Bruins (director of Technology Foundation STW) for the SE category, Colja Laane (director of the Netherlands Genomics Initiative) for the LS category and Lex Meijdam (dean of the Tilburg School of Economics and Management at Tilburg University) for the HS category.

The jury members assessed the candidates based on, among other things, the number of publications and citations, the reach and quality of the journals in which they were published, how often they were named as first author and the relevance of the research field for future research.

About the Dutch Scopus Young Researcher Awards

Following the lead of 15 other countries, including China, India, Russia, Australia and the UK, the Scopus Young Researcher Awards were presented for the first time in the Netherlands on Tuesday, 11 June 2013. The awards were established by the publisher Elsevier with the aim of recognising and rewarding the talent, knowledge and expertise of young scientists from all over the world. The award serves as an encouragement and incentive for other young scientists wishing to make a career in the world of science. It is also important for the Netherlands if it wants to remain one of the top knowledge economies in the world.