Krijn Rietveld Memorial Innovation Award
In honor of Krijn Rietveld (1956 – 2018), Leiden University Fund and Royal DSM have launched the Krijn Rietveld Memorial Innovation Award to recognize and reward excellence in innovative research that contributes to a brighter society.
Krijn Rietveld was a scientists and business leader who dedicated his life to bio-sciences. In 1985 Krijn received his PhD from Leiden University, after which he started his life-long career at Royal DSM. Always optimistic and with a great sense of humor, Krijn knew how to build bridges between business and the academic world. For Krijn, science and innovation was all about looking at the world we live in, studying the challenges we face and working together across disciplines to deliver innovative solutions that contribute to our planet and the people living on it. These behaviors and beliefs underpin the Krijn Rietveld Memorial Innovation Award.
Award for the best thesis or dissertation
This prestigious award accompanies a cash prize of €10,000 (ten thousand euros) and will be handed out annually, starting in 2020, for the best thesis (MSc), dissertation (PhD) or post-doc research at Leiden University in the field of bio-sciences or data sciences in relation to nutrition. The award is intended to help the winner make the all-important connection between his or her scientific achievement and commercial and industrial success.