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Former Fellows Akkerman and Cramer New Members of Young Academy

The Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has selected ten new talented researchers with a broad interest in scientific endeavour and science communication to add to its ranks. Two of these newly selected members are former fellows: historian Nadine Akkerman (2015/16) and psychologist Angélique Cramer (2016/17).

Dr Nadine Akkerman (English literature and cultural history, Leiden University)
Nadine Akkerman (born in 1978) researches civil wars and refugees in the early modern period and is mainly active in the field of women’s history. She was, for instance, the first to write a book on English female spies in the seventeenth century. She looks for interfaces between literature and history and between humanities and science. She uses, for example, advanced 3D x-ray scanners to read seventeenth century letters without having to open them or even touch them. She was also guest curator at various exhibitions for a wide public. Within The Young Academy, Nadine Akkerman wishes to work for a versatile and varied staff composition in Dutch research projects.

Dr Angélique Cramer (models and methods for clinical psychology, Tilburg University)
Angélique Cramer (born in 1979) is one of the founders of the network approach to psychopathology, in which a disorder such as a depression is considered as a possible consequence of symptoms that cause one another. In 2013, she was awarded a doctorate with honours for a dissertation relating to psychological methodology and has rapidly developed into an expert on network models and complex dynamic systems. She directs a successful research line in which she and her team focus on better methods for assessing networks for individuals.
In her column ‘De Gereedschapskist’ (‘The Toolbox’) in the monthly journal de Psycholoog, Angélique Cramer introduces methodological and statistical issues to a wider public. Via The Young Academy, Angélique Cramer wishes to make research more diverse, more inclusive and to give it a greater interdisciplinary character by, for instance, initiating projects with the aim of exploring new ways of working.