The Ammodo Science Award for groundbreaking research is intended to stimulate potentially groundbreaking research. Such research is usually the result of team work, and for that reason this Award is for research being carried out by a group of researchers working together, and is intended to recognise the contribution of every member of the group. The Ammodo Science Award for groundbreaking research is presented biennially to research projects in two of the following scientific disciplines: Biomedical Sciences, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences.
The Ammodo Science Award for groundbreaking research consists of two prizes of EUR 1,200,000 each. The coming edition of the Award will be presented to one research project in the field of Natural Sciences and one in the field of Social Sciences. The rectors of the fourteen Dutch universities that are members of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) may each nominate one research project per scientific domain. Ammodo will announce the winners in January 2020.
The Ammodo Science Award for groundbreaking research focuses on potentially groundbreaking research and ensures that all researchers involved in the winning project are recognised and rewarded. In 2020, the Award will be presented for the first time to two research groups.
The three laureates of the Ammodo Science Award for fundamental research 2019, Nadine Akkerman, Teun Bousema and Birte Forstmann each receive a ERC Consolidator Grant.
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.See profile
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.See profile
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.See profile