Maastricht Young Academy


Are you an early career academic at Maastricht University? How do you get your voice heard on the important issues affecting your work? At the Maastricht Young Academy (MYA), we are here to amplify your concerns, opinions and ideas because we want to make our university a better place for everyone.

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How do we do this?

We know everyone is facing challenges, so we host the Growing Up in Science series to talk about our failures along with our successes.
To stimulate debate on pressing topics within our community, we organize events such as topical film screenings at Lumière Cinema.
We value diversity and know it can be challenging, so we sponsor intercultural training.
We ensure the implications for junior academics are considered in policies including Recognition & Rewards and the assignment of Starters Grants.

Here are some recent examples of our activities.
We work according to our founding regulations, which can be read here.

Close collaboration with the Executive Board

We have access to and can comment on important projects and decisions because of our close collaboration with the Maastricht University Executive Board. We are regularly consulted on our views on important matters, such as the Covid-19 policy for researchers.  We have advised on national projects like Recognition and Rewards, the Smarter Academic Year, and other issues on the agenda of our Academic Affairs office and Executive Board.

Always looking for new projects and ideas

The MYA is always looking for new projects and ideas! Send Vanessa LaPointe (the current MYA Chair) an email ( with your proposal, idea or question and she will contact you as soon as possible. 

Recent activities

Two new MYA members

We are proud to announce that Janosch Prinz (FASoS) and Marijn ten Thij (FSE) have been selected as the newest members of the MYA. We look forward to their contributions!

Your annual appraisal

We would like to remind our colleagues that it is your right to have an annual appraisal. Read more here and reach out if you have experienced impediments to getting one!

Everyone Professor

The Maastricht Young Academy believes that all Assistant and Associate Professors should be able to call themselves "Professor". Read more here.

All MYA members meet monthly in an informal setting to discuss progress on our projects, debate policy advice we wish to propose, or give updates on what's going on in our university. Agenda items vary, although a number of topics recur regularly, such as Recognition & Rewards, academic citizenship, and community outreach.