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Professor Wim de Vries has been nominated for the prestigious 2020 Huibregtsen award for his work on “integral analyses of nitrogen effects for an effective policy”. The jury selected six out of a total of 25 submitted research projects. The jury praises De Vries’ ‘outstanding work, through which he positions the Netherlands distinctively on the international stage.’ The Huibregtsen award will be distributed on 5 October during the Science & Society Evening. The event will be live-streamed.
The Huibregtsen prize is a prestigious one and is awarded only to research that combines scientific excellence and innovation. Moreover, the research project must have exceptional societal value and outreach, above and beyond what might be expected of a researcher in this position.
In the past year, De Vries became a public figure as a nitrogen expert using his broad expertise to provide the media with insight into the nitrogen issues and to lend his knowledge and advice to policymakers. Among others, he was asked to contribute to the Meten en Berekenen (measure and calculate) Advisory Committee (Hordijk Commission), initiated by minister Schouten. This committee consults on existing methods of measuring and calculating nitrogen levels.