The following prizes have been awarded during the ceremony of the Opening Academic Year 2019-2020.
Every year, Erasmus University Rotterdam awards the Education Prize to a member of the academic staff who has made a particularly commendable contribution to education at our university. We are proud to present this year’s winner of the Education Prize: Prof. dr. Han Smit.
Prof. dr. Han Smit is a Professor of Corporate Finance at EUR’s Business Economics Department. In addition, he serves as Academic Director of the Financial Economics specialisation master programme. He also was a visiting fellow at NIAS, Harvard and UC Berkeley. Moreover, Prof. Smit is a highly valued lecturer – as evidenced by the Financial Study Association’s warm support for his nomination. The FSA describes him as an enthusiastic lecturer who is able to inspire and motivate students to make the most of themselves. He shows them how to combine education with work experience and challenges them to undertake extracurricular activities. And finally, there is strong appreciation for his dedicated effort to develop a successful MOOC entitled ‘Advanced Valuation & Strategy’.
Professor H. W. Lambers Prize
The Professor H.W. Lambers Prize is presented every year to an outstanding student with two master degrees. This year’s winner is… Silvan Licher.
After rounding off the Medicine master programme in 2016, Silvan Licher started on his doctoral programme at Erasmus MC’s Epidemiology Department. During this programme he was awarded a cum laude master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology. The jury is impressed by the various extracurricular activities that Licher undertook during his studies; for example, establishing Erasmus MC Students for Clinical Applied Practice and Endeavour – or ESCAPE for short. ESCAPE was founded in partnership with the General Practice Department, for the benefit of students who want to broaden their knowledge of basic medicine. Licher is fascinated by the concept of multimorbidity. He plans to use the prize money to study this subject in greater depth – a laudable ambition in the jury’s view.
Erasmus University’s Research Prize is awarded to a promising member of EUR’s academic staff who has delivered an outstanding performance in the field of research. The winner of this year’s research prize is…. Dr Carlos Riumallo Herl.
Dr Carlos Riumallo Herl works as an assistant professor at Erasmus School of Economics’ Department of Applied Economics. His research interests are health economics and the economics of ageing, and more specifically the role of social policies in healthy ageing, financial risk protection and the long-term impact of health interventions on economic outcomes in developing countries. The jury is impressed by the recent award of two prestigious research grants to Dr Riumallo Herl: a LEaDing Fellowship (2018) and the H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship (2019). His research has a strong relevance for society – both in the Netherlands and further afield. Another impressive accomplishment on Dr Riumallo Herl’s part is his large network, which includes both academic and non-academic stakeholders – helping to increase the impact of his research both within and beyond academia.
Professor Bruins Prize
The Professor G. W. J. Bruins Prize is intended for research master students who excel in terms of academic performance and research qualities. We proudly present the winner, Maeve van den Aakster.
Maeve van den Aakster is an excellent student in the Infection & Immunity research master programme. The focus of her research is infectious diseases and the transfer of these viruses between animals and humans. In this context, Van den Aakster focuses more specifically on avian influenza virus, also known as ‘bird flu’. The aim of her work is to understand which wild birds can become infected with the bird flu virus, and if those birds can transmit the disease to chickens or humans. This ‘One health approach’ enables a better prediction of possible outbreaks and thereby helps to prevent an epidemic or organise timely interventions. The jury is impressed by Van den Aakster’s outstanding academic results and the various research internships she has done in the Netherlands and abroad. She already has a publication in the pipeline, which in turn contributes to EUR’s international visibility. Van den Aakster will be using the Professor Bruins prize money to travel to Hong Kong, where she will be working in clinical rotation for some time.
Rotterdam Thesis Award
The Rotterdam Thesis Award is a joint initiative of Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Municipality of Rotterdam. Through this award, we hope to encourage students to make an active contribution to social developments within the city itself. The winner of the 2019 Rotterdam Thesis Award is Myrthe van Delden, with her survey entitled ‘A design against crime’.
Mythe van Delden has made an extensive analysis of the fight against undermining crime in Rotterdam-Zuid. The jury lauds her extensive data collection activities and case studies, which have yielded valuable insights in a number of areas – nudging in the context of complex policy problems, for example. In her thesis, Van Delden not only focuses on combating crime via repressive measures; she also examines which options there are to influence people’s behaviour for the better. This alternative approach aligns very well with the Municipality’s wish to make more extensive use of positive behaviour influencing strategies and ‘positive safety’ in the fight against crime. Van Delden’s thesis can make a valuable contribution to this endeavour!