Raf de Bont among new members of The Young Academy

The Young Academy (De Jonge Akademie) of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has announced the names of their new batch of members. Among them is Raf de Bont, assistant professor of Scientific History at FASoS.

Every year, The Young Academy appoints ten new, talented researchers to strengthen its ranks. The Young Academy is an independent platform of young scholars within the KNAW, with activities in the areas of interdisciplinarity, science policy, and the interface between science and society. In 2015, The Young Academy will celebrate its tenth anniversary.

Members not only have a demonstrated quality in science and scholarship, but also have a broad interest in the practise and communication thereof. Membership is for five years. The official inauguration of the new members will take place on 26 March 2015 at the Academy’s Trippenhuis.

The central question in the research of Raf de Bont (1977) is how science and scholarship have influenced modern society and vice versa. He focuses in particular on the history of life sciences and social sciences in North-West Europe from 1800. De Bont has shown, for example, that the introduction of a new scientific workshop, the field laboratory, was crucial in the development of ecological sciences. In his current, highly interdisciplinary research, he is focussing on the role of the ecological specialist in international environmental conservation since the 1930s.

Among the fifty members of The Young Academy, there is another member from UM: Alexander Sack. The Young Academy also has alumni. Among them are two UM scholars: Marjolein van Asselt and Monica Claes.

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