van Leeuwenhoek Award

The KNVM/NVMM science committee offers the Van Leeuwenhoek Awards to young post-docs in microbiology (<5 years after obtaining a PhD degree, the NWO extension rules apply) employed at a Dutch university or research institute for the best publication as first, last and/or corresponding author published in the past year. The prizes are annually awarded at the KNVM/NVMM Scientific Spring Meeting. The jury consists of members of the KNVM/NVMM science committee.

You can mail your submission to (deadline January 15th for publications that were published in the previous year).

The Van Leeuwenhoek Awards are established to commemorate Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, known for his pioneering work in microscopy. He was the first to observe microorganisms and therefore became the ‘father of microbiology’.​​​​​​​

Antoni van Leeuwenhoek



  • Adela Melcrova Lateral membrane organization as target of an antimicrobial peptidomimetic compound.
  • Johan van der Plas Causal chemoprophylactic activity of cabamiquine against Plasmodium falciparum in a controlled human malaria infection: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study in the Netherlands.


  • Luca Zaeck
    Low levels of monkeypox virus-neutralizing antibodies after MVA-BN vaccination in healthy individuals

    Nat Med. 2023 Jan;29(1):270-278. doi: 10.1038/s41591-022-02090-w.
    Erasmus MC Rotterdam​​​​​​


  • Daniel Hurdiss
    Fluoxetine targets an allosteric site in the enterovirus 2C AAA+ ATPase and stabilizes a ring-shaped hexameric complex
    Sci Adv. 2022 8:eabj7615.
    Utrecht University
  • Julia Kurth
    Methanogenic archaea use a bacteria-like methyltransferase system to demethoxylate aromatic compounds
    ISME J . 2021 15:3549-3565.
    Radboud University Nijmegen

  • Catalin Bunduc
    Structure and dynamics of a mycobacterial type VII secretion system
    Nature. 2021 593:445-448.
    ​​​​​​​VU University Amsterdam​​​​​​​


  • Wouter Versantvoort
    Multiheme hydroxylamine oxidoreductases produce NO during ammonia oxidation in methanotrophs. 
    Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2020;117(39):24459-24463.
    Radboud University Nijmegen​


  • Louis Ates
    Mutations in ppe38 block PE_PGRS secretion and increase virulence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
    Nature microbiology 3.2 (2018): 181-188.
    VU University Medical Center Amsterdam 


  • Antoni Hendrickx
    Antibiotic-driven dysbiosis mediates intraluminal agglutination and alternative segregation of Enterococcus faecium from the intestinal epithelium.
    MBio, 6(6), e01346-15.