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With this award the popular science magazine New Scientist gives young scientists the opportunity to present their research to a broad public. It is possible to vote for your preferred candidate until 7 September 2015.

R.J.A. Laeven

Dutch and Belgian universities had been invited to nominate 50 young scientists for the election of the Science Talent 2015. A jury of experts then compiled a top 25 of candidates, including Roger Laeven. The criteria for making the shortlist included the relevance of the research as well as its impact on society.

Laeven's research focuses on mapping financial contagion: how do financial crises spread across the world, what are the patterns exhibited and what are the implications for combating this contagion?


The public can vote for a candidate until 7 September. These votes carry the same weight as the jury’s votes.


The winner will be announced on 24 September during a festive event at Pakhuis de Zwijger. The winner will receive an award, a cash prize of € 1,500, and a set of reference books.


The jury consists of jury president Alexander Rinnooy Kan (University Professor of Economics and Business, University of Amsterdam), Melanie Peters (Director of the Rathenau Institute), Rianne Letschert (Professor of International Law, Tilburg University, chairman of the Young Academy), George Hal (astronomer and editor New Scientist) and Jim Jansen (chief editor of New Scientist).