Biomedical Sciences

Teun Bousema Laureate 2019

Teun Bousema unravels the life cycle of Plasmodium falciparum, a parasite carried by mosquitoes that causes malaria. He is particularly interested in how a parasite from an infected human is then reintroduced to a new mosquito, and it was Bousema who discovered, among other things, that some people have an immune reaction that prevents this step from happening.


Jacco van Rheenen Laureate 2019

Jacco van Rheenen developed a groundbreaking form of microscopy, allowing individual cells to be tracked for weeks in a living organism. This new form of research provides valuable information about the behaviour of, and the interaction between, cells. For example, he was the first person to film the process of metastatic cancer.



Nadine Akkerman Laureate 2019

Nadine Akkerman has described in unprecedented detail the letter correspondence of Elizabeth Stuart, a distant ancestor of Queen Elizabeth. With her innovative research methods, such as the use of 3D X-ray scanners to read unopened letters, she is a forerunner in discovering the role of women in the politics and espionage of the seventeenth century. 


Ewout Frankema Laureate 2019

Ewout Frankema studies the historical roots of global inequality between the poor and the rich. This inequality grew dramatically between 1750 and 1990, and since then it has hardly reduced at all. In his integrated historical approach, he combines research into the ecological and geographical conditions in which rural societies develop with the economic, political and social relations which are shaped by mankind.


Natural Sciences

Toby Kiers Laureate 2019

Toby Kiers is interested in the interaction between plants and micro-organisms in the soil. An active trade in nutrients takes place between roots and fungi which can be described using  economic theory that is actually meant for human markets. Her original approach provides new insights into the evolution of societies in the natural world. 


Stephanie Wehner Laureate 2019

Stephanie Wehner is working on a fundamental challenge: how entanglement can be created over long distances in order to then make a quantum internet possible. Entanglement is a central concept in quantum mechanics, enabling safe communication and super-fast coordination. She now wants to realise this in the planned quantum network around Delft.


Social Sciences

Lenneke Alink Laureate 2019

Lenneke Alink takes the understanding of child maltreatment to a higher level with high-quality experimental research. She has a broad interest in the subject looking at both the role of chaos in the household, but also at that of the stress system in cases of abuse and neglect. Her work maps out the causes and consequences of this horrific problem - an important step towards solving it. 


Birte Forstmann Laureate 2019

Birte Forstmann works at the intersection between our behaviour on the one hand and the anatomy of our brains on the other. How do they relate to each other? And what mechanisms in the brain make it possible for a person to respond to his or her environment? In her research she focuses mainly on the subcortex, a large structure in the middle of the brain that plays a major role in Parkinson's disease.