Today was a very good day! I was awarded the Gratama Science Prize for young scientists who distinguish themselves by their innovative, societally relevant, and high-profile research. A great honor!
After a lunch with board members and guests of the Gratama Foundation, I received the prize during the opening of the academic year, which took place in the Pieterskerk in Leiden. As I said in my acceptance speech: "This prize is not only my crowning glory but also an encouragement to continue doing where my passion lies: research that is both theoretically as well as practically relevant. Because this is what I think science is all about, that in the end we can utilize the knowledge we generate. That, in my eyes, is the real science prize."