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Belle Derks new Young Academy chair

22 January 2018

The members of The Young Academy today elected Belle Derks, Professor of Social, Health & Organisational Psychology at Utrecht University, as their new chairperson. Derks will assume the tasks of the current chairperson, Rens Vliegenthart, on 1 April 2018. Her appointment commences on 26 March for a two-year term.

Linguist Martijn Wieling (Assistant Professor with the Department of Information Science, University of Groningen) will become the vice-chairperson and experimental psychologist Stefan van der Stigchel (Associate Professor of Psychology, Utrecht University) will join the board, which also includes philosopher Behnam Taebi (Associate Professor in Ethics of Technology, Delft University of Technology) and chemist Patricia Dankers (Professor in Biomedical Materials, Eindhoven University of Technology).

About Belle Derks

Belle Derks (38) studies the psychological, physiological, and neural consequences of negative stereotyping for women and ethnic minorities at work and in educational settings. How do they cope with the prejudices that they encounter at work or school, and how do these prejudices impact their motivation and performance? Under what circumstances do they undertake collective action to improve their situation, or instead choose to focus on improving only their own position (for example the ‘queen bee’ phenomenon)? Derks was awarded the prestigious VENI and VIDI grants for this research by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Derks is also deeply interested in the issue of gender inequality in science. On behalf of the Dutch Network of Women Professors (LNVH), she has studied the pay gap between male and female researchers in the Netherlands.

About The Young Academy

The Young Academy is part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). It is an independent platform of young scientists and scholars who are in the international vanguard in their fields. The Young Academy develops activities focusing on interdisciplinarity, science policy, the interface between science and society, and internationalisation. Membership is for a five-year period.

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