Nieke Roos
6 September 2021

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded Bart Jacobs the Stevin Prize, honoring him for the applications and breadth of his research in security, privacy and identity. A professor at the Radboud University Nijmegen, he’s an internationally renowned and appreciated cybersecurity specialist. According to NWO, he “doesn’t mince his words and speaks out consistently on many issues confronting society and citizens in relation to digital privacy and security.” He will receive 2.5 million euros, to be spent on scientific research and activities related to knowledge utilization.

RU Bart Jacobs Studio Oostrum
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This year, a total of six researchers have been awarded the highest distinction in Dutch science by NWO for their outstanding, pioneering and inspiring work. Four will receive the Spinoza Prize, including quantum pioneer Lieven Vandersypen from Delft University of Technology. Two will get the Stevin Prize – Jacobs is accompanied by Judi Mesman, professor of the Interdisciplinary Study of Societal Challenges at Leiden University. The key focus of both prizes is the quality of the researcher – whereas the Spinoza Prize emphasizes the scientific work and fundamental questions, the Stevin Prize primarily honors the societal impact. The awards will be presented at a ceremony that takes place on Wednesday 13 October.