Once every 5 years the Society for the promotion of Natural Sciences, Medicine and Surgery (GNGH) awards the Andreas Bonn medal in the fields of natural sciences, exact sciences and medicine for original PhD research. Sebastiaan de Vet received the medal in the domain natural sciences on 29 November for his PhD thesis ‘When the glacier left the volcano’, which he prepared at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) of the University of Amsterdam.
Twenty-three young scientists were nominated for the Andreas Bonn Medals during this round. A jury of the society decided to award the medals to Alexander Vlaar (domain medicine, Amsterdam Medical Centre), Job Briët (domain exact sciences, Centre for Mathematics and Informatics) and De Vet (domain natural sciences, IBED). According to the jury, ‘Dr de Vet has performed a fascinating study of the interactions of ice and wind with volcanic glass. Remarkable is the fact that the entire study was completed within 21 months. Equally remarkable are the great efforts that Dr de Vet has made to share his enthusiasm for the results, and for science in general, with a broad audience.’
The physician Andreas Bonn founded the Society for the promotion of Natural Sciences, Medicine and Surgery (GNGH) in 1790. A medal in his honour is awarded every five years for the best PhD theses at the University of Amsterdam in the fields of natural sciences, exact sciences and medicine. De Vet, who currently works as Science Officer and post-doc for IBED in the Earth Surface Science group received the award on 29 November at the annual meeting of the society.