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Albert Heck elected member KNAW and EMBO

Albert Heck elected member KNAW and EMBO

May 2014

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has selected seventeen new members, including Albert Heck, professor Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics at Utrecht University. Academy members are prominent researchers active in all the disciplines. New members are nominated by peers from within and outside the Academy. 

The Academy has approximately five hundred member, divided between its Humanities and Social Sciences Divistion and its Science Division. Member are appointed for life. The new members will be installed on 8 September 2014 at the Trippenhuis Building, the Academy's headquarters. 

Furthermore, Albert Heck has been appointed by EMBO as a new member. In total 106 outstanding researchers in the Life Sciences were newly elected in this special year for EMBO on the occassion of its 50th anniversary. The EMBO Membership currently comprises of more than 1600 life scientist. 

“For the 50th anniversary of EMBO we are extremely pleased to welcome significantly more researchers to our membership than in previous years,” EMBO Director Maria Leptin said. “In the past decades, many of the concepts, techniques and insights of molecular biology have been applied to fundamental questions in other disciplines of the life sciences. Molecular explanations are now emerging for the origins and functions of complex systems like the brain and the living world around us. We wanted to reflect more of these exciting developments in our membership.”

EMBO Members make invaluable contributions to the organization by providing suggestions and feedback on the activities of EMBO. They serve on selection committees for EMBO programmes and mentor young scientists. Their input has helped to promote excellence in life sciences since 1964.

The other newly elected members from the Netherlands are:

  • Ineke Braakman - Utrecht University
  • Thijn Brummelkamp – Netherlands Cancer Institute
  • Mike Jetten - Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Rene Ketting - IMB Mainz, Germany




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