The NWO Spinoza Prize is the highest award in Dutch science. Each year, NWO awards the NWO Spinoza Prizes to three or four researchers working in the Netherlands who according to international standards belong to the absolute top of science. The NWO Spinoza Laureates do outstanding and groundbreaking research, which has a large impact. The laureates each receive 2.5 million euros to spend on scientific research. The NWO Spinoza Prize is a mark of honour and a stimulus for further research.
Photo up: Baruch Spinoza who lived from 1632-1677 was a Dutch philosopher and mathematician.
This year NWO awards Spinoza Prizes to Wilhelm Huck and Mihai Netea.
His work focuses on research into the physical-organic, chemical and biological processes that take place in human cells. He applies his knowledge of this complex entity in his search for one of the holy grails in his field: to construct a synthetic cell.
He conducts research into how the immune system recognises microorganisms, including the dangerous fungus Candida albicans, which is causes blood poisoning. Netea has made significant discoveries in this area. He was one of the first people to work in this research area internationally and is a pioneer in his field.
The festive award ceremony for the NWO Spinoza Prizes will take place in the Nieuwe Kerk in The Hague on Tuesday 13 September. During the ceremony, the laureates will explain their research to the audience and how they intend to use the financial part of their prize.
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