Utrecht Network Award
The Utrecht Network Award is awarded every Network Anniversary or during a Rectors meeting to a person who has made a major contribution to the Network.
To date there have been three recipients of the Award, Dr Jeroen Torenbeek, Utrecht University (2012), Professor Gianni Galloni, University of Bologna (2014) and Patricia De Clopper, University of Antwerp (2017).
During the 2017 Rectors meeting in Hull the President of the Utrecht Network, Francesco Girotti was honoured to present the 2017 Utrecht Network Award to Patricia De Clopper from the University of Antwerp.
Patricia was one of the founding members of the Utrecht Network and during her working life she has shown unstinting commitment to the Network. Patricia has served on the Steering Committee and the Summer Schools Task Force and was to the forefront of the development of the Summer Schools (one of the defining features of the Utrecht Network). Patricia has been instrumental in creating a prominent brand for the Network in the field of short programmes.
The presentation of the Utrecht Network Award is a recognition to the energy and support Patricia has given the Utrecht Network over the last 30 years.
At the 2014 AGM in Krakow, Utrecht Network President, Marita Foster, was honoured to present the 2014 Utrecht Network Award to Professor Gianni Galloni from the Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna. Gianni is one of the founding fathers of the Network and over the years has actively participated in a wide range of Network activities. His insight and enthusiasm have contributed much to the vision and structure of the Network we share today.
In particular, Gianni should be remembered as the instigator of the Summer School activity within the Network. For six years Gianni ran the Utrecht Network Summer School on Human Rights, Democracy and Inclusion. This Summer School provided the model for future Summer Schools, which have provided a platform for members of staff and students across the Network to collaborate and work together in a multi-disciplinary setting.
The first Utrecht Network award was presented to Dr Jeroen Torenbeek from the Universiteit Utrecht. Jeroen’s contribution to the Network cannot be underestimated – as the founding figure of the Network, Jeroen is responsible for laying the foundations of the Network, which have enabled the Network to grow and prosper. Jeroen and his early colleagues in the Network took the idea of interdisciplinary exchanges and developed it, encouraging new cooperations with Networks in the USA and Australia, which are still very successful today.