Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

For Science and Scholarship – The Academy in the Knowledge-driven Society

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The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences was founded in 1808 as an advisory body to the Dutch Government – a role that it continues to play today. The Academy derives its authority from the quality of its members, who represent the full spectrum of scientific and scholarly endeavor and are selected on the basis of their achievements. It is also responsible for fourteen internationally renowned institutes whose research and collections put them in the vanguard of Dutch science and scholarship.

Ignas Snellen: an honor to become a KNAW member

Seven Leiden professors have been elected as members of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). One of them is Ignas Snellen, professor of Observational astrophysics.

The Strategic Agenda for 2021-2025 identifies the following aims:

• To promote outstanding research: the Academy is a venue where top researchers from the entire spectrum of research can exchange knowledge and share it publicly. The Academy’s institutes are leaders that constantly respond to international developments;

• To support young researchers so as to make science future-proof;

• To nourish and enrich debate within society, with alternative forms of advice, contributions to public debate, and activities for a broad target group;

• To promote international cooperation and to strengthen the position of the Netherlands in international scientific endeavor, among other things through more 'science diplomacy'.

Future Phases

Check out an overview of each competition phase below - complete rules for each phase will be released as the competition progresses.


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To apply or join the program, please submit an application.