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Nadia Ismaili and Lachezar Yanev new members of AYA

24 November 2022
Lachezar Yanev (associate professor of Criminal Law and Criminology) and Nadia Ismaili (associate professor Private Law) have been welcomed as new members of the Amsterdam Young Academy, an independent platform for and by scientists from different disciplines at the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The society develops visions on science, scientific policy and the relationship between science and society in Amsterdam. The opening took place on 8 November in the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, in a ceremony chaired by the rectors of VU Amsterdam and UvA: Jeroen Geurts and Peter-Paul Verbeek.

Yanev is looking forward to contributing to AYA’s work: “Interdisciplinarity has become the zeitgeist of present-day academia: from the way curricula of university programmes are (re-)shaped to the way research grants are allocated. It is, thus, ever more important to have meaningful discussion on this notion: on the nuances of intra- and interdisciplinarity, on the extent to which the pursuit of interdisciplinarity is attainable across the various scientific domains and on how we can better equip scholars with the tools they need to become (more) interdisciplinary. I cannot think of a better forum to explore these questions than the AYA, with my fellow colleagues from various VU and UvA faculties.”

Ismaili is likewise looking forward to participating within the AYA network: “Within AYA I want to devote myself, amongst other things, to debates on science policy. AYA has been keen to raise issues regarding recognition and rewards. Being a member of AYA would allow me exchange ideas and organize activities with my fellow colleagues from various VU and UvA faculties in which to think not only of ways to change recognition and rewards for current academics but also to recognize and reward potential excellence. It appears that for students from for example lower socio-economic or migrant backgrounds the likelihood to pursue an academic career is still rather low. It would be great to welcome more potential excellence to academia, as this would enrich the academic environment.”