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KNAW Early Career Award for scientists Lianne Cremers and Elanie Rodermond

21 November 2023
Twelve young researchers, including two from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, from various domains of science, each receive a KNAW Early Career Award. The award is intended for researchers in the Netherlands who are at the beginning of their careers and have innovative, original ideas.

Lianne Cremers
Assistant professor in visual and medical anthropology at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Organizational Sciences (& University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology).

Lianne Cremers focuses on the interaction and consequences of prolonged crisis situations for human well-being. She combines anthropology, disaster studies, and organizational sciences, with a notable emphasis on the voices of vulnerable groups. For example, she offers a new perspective on medication adherence in patients in Khayelitsha, South Africa, emphasizing that non-use of medications is often related to complex personal considerations. In other research, Cremers encourages citizen engagement in policy-making, such as the impact of COVID-19 on young people, and integrates creative communication methods such as films and art exhibitions. This original, creative approach connects science and society.

Elanie Rodermond
Associate professor in Criminology at the Faculty of Law and the Dutch Study Center on Crime and Law Enforcement.

Elanie Rodermond was the first in the Netherlands to map all terrorism suspects and investigated the lead-up to such extreme acts. In her research, she draws on methods from criminology and legal disciplines. Her findings show, among other things, that terrorists have more similarities with perpetrators of regular crime than previously thought. She warns against special terrorist departments, as they can hinder rehabilitation and in some cases reinforce radical ideas. Rodermond also focuses on female offenders (an underrepresented group), online extremism, and intervention strategies.

The Prize

The KNAW Early Career Award consists of a cash prize of 15,000 euros. This amount can be used at the discretion of the laureates for their research careers.

All laureates also receive the art object "Extended Jewellery" by Laura Klinkenberg. This is a brass screw with a 'twist,' symbolizing both the process of coming up with new ideas and the contrariness in art and science. The creator of the artwork won the art competition at the first edition of the KNAW Early Career Award.

Read about the other laureates on the KNAW website.