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Alumnus Information Law is the winner of the UvA Thesis Prize 2019. He researched the revival of the right to answer in the digital era.

Winner Thesis Prize 2019 Jan van Vegchel
UvA Thesis Prize winner Jan van Vegchel
Jan van Veghel
Jan van Veghel wins the UvA Thesis Prize (photo Monique Kooijmans)

The Faculty Prizes went to Inge Daemen (Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences), Weixuan Li (Faculty of Humanities), Linde Titulaer-de Baaij (Faculty of Medicine), Stefanos Tyros (Economics and Business) and Amber Woutersen (Faculty of Science).

The six winners received the prizes on Saturday 15 June during the annual University Day of the UvA. Of 110 submissions, six were nominated, one for each faculty, with the exception of the Faculty of Dentistry. The six nominees presented their research in a one-minute film to the visitors of the University Day, after which they answered several questions from presenter Abdelkader Benali. Chairman of the jury and Faculty of Science dean Peter van Tienderen handed out the prizes.

The winning thesis

In his winning thesis De revival van het recht van antwoord in het digitale tijdperk; invulling van de leemte tussen rechtspraak en Nederlandse media-zelfregulering Jan van Vegchel is asking the question whether the introduction of a right to answer in The Netherlands is useful and maybe even necessary in this time and age. In his thesis he also describes how this kind of Dutch right to answer could be visualized.

According to the jury, Jan van Vegchel wrote a strong, socially relevant and topical thesis. The answer to the question whether it makes sense to add to the existing possibilities to defend yourself as a person or legal person against incorrect information, is described in a clear, very structured, systematic and methodological and varied way.

The Faculty winners

Faculty winners
The Faculty winners (Photo: Monique Kooijmans)

Inge Daemen wrote the thesis An EMDR group therapy with traumatized ex child slaves in India. The jury qualified her research as a well structured randomized controlled trial in a difficultly accessible population, in which the research question receives a clear answer.

Weixuan Li wrote the thesis Deciphering the art and market in the Dutch Golden Age: Insights from digital methodologies. The jury found that reading the thesis was a special reading experience, in which an often discussed topic is researched with the fresh perspective of an outsider.  

Linde Titulaer-de Baaij wrote the thesis Evidence Based Practice in Health Care.    
Delayed versus immediate oxytocin infusion after amniotomy for induction of labour: a randomised controlled pilot trial.
According to the jury in this thesis the just and socially relevant question is asked what the effects are of administering oxytocin immediately or delayed during induced pregnancies.

Stefanos Tyros wrote the thesis Retirement planning and financial incentives: The impact of announced cuts in pensions. The jury stated that the outcome of this thesis is socially-economically relevant and provides important information about the way and moment in which radical management changes should be communicated to the directly involved.

Amber Woutersen wrote the thesis The Origin and Evolution of the Nitrariaceae. The jury thinks that this is an impressive thesis in every way; it shows creativity and methodological versatility while using innovative and ambitious research.

The jury report (in Dutch) and public summaries can be obtained by sending an email to