Twelve young researchers, three from each of the four academic fields of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), received an KNAW Early Career Award. The prize is intended for researchers in the Netherlands who are at the start of their careers and who have innovative, original research ideas. The KNAW Early Career Award will be awarded for the second time this year.
One of the winning researchers is senior researcher at QuSoft and Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam, Korteweg-de Vries Institute & Institute of Physics, Michael Walter (1985). His work connects quantum computers to black holes to gain new insights into how they work. With his research at the interface of mathematics, physics and computer science, he plays a pioneering role in international projects. His research results are applied in quantum computers in laboratories in The Netherlands and abroad. In addition to his work as a researcher, Walter has developed innovative courses for students and pupils, written several software packages, and regularly organizes seminars and workshops.
The other winners come from the full spectrum of science. They conduct research into, for example, whistleblowing in the European Union, the influence of maternal stress on the development of children, the difference in the rate of brain degradation in different population groups, vibrating socks for Parkinson patients, and (de)colonization on the basis of sound recordings from Southeast Asia.
The KNAW Early Career Award consists of a sum of 15,000 euros, made available from the KNAW Academy Fund. This amount may be spent by the winners at their discretion on their research career.