Patricia Dankers in board The Young Academy

Last Friday, Patricia Dankers became a member of the board of The Young Academy, a platform for top young scientists. The chair Rianne Letschert (starting September as Rector Magnificus at Maastricht University) stepped down which enabled a new member to join; Rens Vliegenthart (University of Amsterdam) became the new chairman.

Patricia Dankers

Patricia Y.W. Dankers PhD PhD is associate professor in the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems and the department of Biomedical Engineering, at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Her main research interest lies in the design, synthesis and characterization of functional supramolecular biomaterials for application in regenerative medicine. Her aim is to produce biomaterials that are indistinguishable from the natural extracellular matrix. Her particular research focus is on the kidney and the cardiovascular system.

Patricia Dankers during her installment meeting at De Jonge Akademie (in Dutch, video)

The Young Academy

The Young Academy is a dynamic and innovative group of top young scientists and scholars with outspoken views about science and scholarship and the related policy. The Young Academy organizes inspiring activities for various target groups focusing on interdisciplinarity, science policy, and the interface between science and society.  The Young Academy has fifty members. All are between 25 and 45 years of age and received their doctorates less than ten years before their appointment to the Academy. They represent a broad spectrum of scientific and scholarly disciplines and work at Dutch universities and a wide range of research institutes. Scientific excellence and a broad interest in science and science policy are essential for membership of The Young Academy.