Inger Leemans and Guido van der Werf appointed members of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has chosen twenty-three new members, including Inger Leemans and Guido van der Werf of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

04/28/2021 | 10:10 AM

Inger Leemans
Leemans is Full Professor of cultural history at the Faculty of Humanities and head of research of the NL-Lab Humanities Cluster at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Inger Leemans studies historical themes at the cutting edge of the individual, culture and society. With a focus on the early modern period between 1500 and 1850, the professor conducted research into pornography and radical enlightenment, emotions in an economic context (for example on the stock exchange) and the unexplored world of the smells of the past. She makes original choices, both in her designs and her methods. From the start she has been a pioneer in digital humanities, embraces expertise from various disciplines and combines micro and macro narratives. Leemans uses history to think about modern-day values. Thanks to her approach, she is able to discuss sensitive themes as well.

Guido van der Werf
Van der Werf is Full Professor of global carbon cycle and use of land in the Faculty of Science. Guido van der Werf is a respected authority in the field of wildfires. He demonstrates that these phenomena are not bound by place or time. They occur almost anywhere on earth and almost year round and have a tremendous impact on local residents, nature and climate. Using satellite images, drones, and smart analysis techniques, Van der Werf was able to illustrate that fire destroys all kinds of vegetation totalling the size of Europe every year. He was the first person to quantify the CO2 emissions of these fires based on satellite data. Van der Werf’s research is of great societal importance and is extensively quoted, for example in the reports issued by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Members of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences are leading scientists in various fields and are chosen based on their academic achievements. The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences has approximately five hundred fifty members. Membership is for life. The new members will be installed on Monday 13 September. All newly appointed members are included on the website of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.