Tuesday 1 March, Professor of Human Nutrition Martijn Katan was appointed Academy Professor by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). The president of the academy, Professor Pim Levelt, came to Wageningen to present the award, which includes KNAW financing of one million euros, an amount that the university will match.
‘Martijn Katan is also aware of the tensions between fundamental scientific research and industrial applications,’ continued Levelt. ‘He continuously reminds his researchers that they must not let themselves be influenced by industry.’ The Academy Professorships are intended for professors between 55 and 65 who no longer manage to do scientific research because of their administrative obligations. It gives them the chance to train new researchers and get back to science themselves. / WK