Maastricht Young Academy

Top row from left to right: Mark Kawakami (FoL), Jill Lobbestael (FPN), Lilian Tsourdi (FoL), Christof Defryn (SBE), Vanessa LaPointe (FHML), Mariolina Eliantonio (FoL), Lauren Wagner (FASoS), Rico Möckel (FSE), Francesco Gentile (FPN), Paul Smeets (SBE), Melissa Siegel (SBE), Steven Kelk (FSE)

Bottom row from left to right: Christoph Rausch (FSE), Bram Akkermans (FoL, vice-chair MYA), Adam Dixon (FASoS), Katlijn Haesebrouck (SBE, chair MYA), Anna Harris (FASoS)

The following MYA members are not in the picture: Anique de Bruin (FHML), Blanche Schroen (FHML), Federico de Martino (FPN) and Lotte Lemmens (FPN).

mya group photo 2020

Science Policy

The MYA aims to be the voice of early career academic staff members. The members focus on policy issues at the level of Maastricht University, but also seek to contribute to debates and policy at local, regional and national level. This relates to policy on academic education as well as on research. The science policy sub-group addresses topics such as career development of early career academics, and the specific challenges faced by young academics in an increasingly stringent academic labour market. As MYA also seeks to build bridges between academics at different stages of their careers, they also advocate policy changes beneficial to academics of all ages and at all levels of seniority.

Science Communication

The MYA believes strongly that researchers should do more to contribute to society than simply advancing their own individual agendas. Outreach and good communication are an inherent part of this. Their aim in these outreach activities is to convey their passion about the work that is undertaken at the university to the public and to raise awareness about the value and role of science in society.

The MYA promotes science communication and outreach from several perspectives including (but not limited to):

  • engaging with local newspapers, radio and television
  • facilitating high school activities that bring students and university researchers in closer dialogue;
  • organising public lectures and events.

Interdisciplinary research

To understand the complex problems of today, there is a need for perspectives from different disciplines. True scientific and methodological innovation requires pushing the boundaries of specific disciplines. Because of its interdisciplinary composition, the MYA offers many opportunities to stimulate interdisciplinary research. The MYA members are involved in interdisciplinarity in two ways; first, by promoting interdisciplinary research, and second by actively engaging in interdisciplinary research.


For the MYA internationalisation refers to the concept of seeing the world as the space in which they work, and promoting the benefits of connections between students, staff and other people in that space. Concretely the MYA will advise on matters such as: how to better attract and retain international staff and to make them feel welcome, how to enhance the international profile of the university, and the creation of strong, international alumni networks.

Academic Citizenship at Maastricht University

What does it mean to be a good academic citizen? The Maastricht Young Academy has launched an academic citizenship initiative, which seeks to facilitate a university-wide conversation about how to be good academic citizens. The initiative focusses on five topics: human resources, leadership, mentoring, community, and service. 

Academic Citizenship at Maastricht University

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