J.C. Ruigrok Prize for behavioral sciences

I am the 2023 recipient of the J.C. Ruigrok prize for behavioural sciences, awarded by the Koninklijke Hollandse Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (KHMW). I am beyond excited for this wonderful recognition and look forward to the award ceremony on July 7th, 2023

KNAW Early Career Partnership

I am one of the ten researchers that have been awarded with a KNAW Early Career Partnership to organize an interdisciplinary meeting. With the KNAW Early Career Partnership grant, I will organize the meeting "An interdisciplinary perspective on developmental sensitivities in dealing with social rejection" on November 16, 2023.

The theme of the meeting is dealing with social rejection, which we will highlight from different perspectives and disciplines. Keynote speakers are Prof. dr. Dr. Eveline Crone, dr. Daphne van de Bongardt, Prof. dr. Dr. Patti Valkenburg; Dr. Amy Orben and Prof. Dr. Arne Popma. I am very happy with the award and I am sure it will be a very inspiring day. 


if you are interested to join the meeting, please contact me at achterberg@essb.eur.nl 

EUR Research Prize 2022

In recognition of my "outstanding academic performance" and "the way my innovative ideas leverage impact in society at large", I received the EUR Research Prize on November 8th 2022 at the 109th Dies Natlis. 


The Research Prize is awarded to a promising researcher at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) who has performed exceptional research and is just embarking on a research career. I am incredibly honored to have been selected out of many excellent candidates within the EUR.


Pre-conference workshop Flux 2022

In September, we organised the flux pre-conference workshop " The Developmental Neuroscience Cycle: from research design to societal impact" in Paris.


When conducting developmental neuroscience research, we all face similar challenges, but these difficulties are rarely reflected in our scientific papers. Questions such as, how to balance between the perfect research design and feasibility? How to manage the data in such a way that it is open and safe? How to translate science to a broader public without being too unnuanced?


Pre-pandemically, these kinds of experiences were sometimes shared at the coffee machine or during lunch, but in current times we often have to solve these challenges in solitude.


During this one-day preconference workshop, we wanted to reflect upon several challenges (and opportunities!) that we have experienced in running longitudinal studies. Together with the Flux community, we had interactive discussions on what practical, logistical, and creative solutions we as developmental neuroscientists have for the challenges we concur in our research field.


Read all about our pre-conference workshop in this blog.

VNOP Dissertation Award 2022

On Wednesday, May 25, I received the Dutch Association of Developmental Psychology (VNOP) dissertation prize for my research on social emotion regulation in children. 


The jury stated: "Her doctoral research is impressive. Not only in terms of the number of participants and the range of methods used, but also in terms of the innovative insights she describes in her research. Moreover, it is developmental psychology pur-sang, using a longitudinal design and combining the contribution of genes and environment in studying social emotion regulation."


Read the EUR news item here


L-CID Symposium at OHBM 2022

Our Leiden-CID symposium was selected for the Organisation of Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) meeting in Glasgow! The symposium included 4 speakers that presented their recent work based on data collected with the Leiden-CID study. 


Read more about our symposium here 


Open Science Award 2021

I am excited to share that I was one of the winners of the Convergence Health and Technology Open Research Awards 2021, which was a collaborative effort between the Convergence AllianceRotterdam R.I.O.T. Science ClubOpen Science Community Rotterdam, and Open Science Community Delft.


These awards are aimed at rewarding researchers who are adopting open research practices in healthcare and technology. Open research practices improve transparency, openness, reproducibility, and replicability, essential to achieving quality research.

DNM PhD Thesis Prize 2021

On June 10, I received the prize for best dissertation from the Dutch Neurofederation, the network of Dutch neuroscientists, for my thesis 'Like me, ore else...'. Achterberg obtained her doctorate cum laude from the Gravitation Program 'Samen Uniek' of the Leiden Consortium on Individual Development (L-CID. 


Read the news item on Leiden University here