Anne-Marije Zwerver is awarded the Minerva Prize. The prize is awarded yearly by the Netherlands’ Physical Society (NNV) to young and promising women and non-binary physicists who excel in experimental and/or theoretical physics.
With the Minerva Prize, the NNV and the DPC (Dutch Physics Council) want to make a positive contribution to increasing gender diversity within the Dutch physics field. The final award ceremony will take place during Physics@Veldhoven 2023 conference (4–5 April).
The jury was highly impressed by Anne-Marije’s work, both in the field of physics and in the field of outreach, education and science communication. She spearheaded measurements of the first quantum dot qubits made in an industry cleanroom, an achievement that made headlines around the world. She was also the first to shuttle an electron spin across multiple silicon quantum dots.
A previous remarkable Minerva laureate is Julia Cramer, who received the award a year after she finished her PhD at QuTech in 2017.
Anne-Marije displays a great talent for and commitment to outreach, education and science communication, through a large number of interviews for national radio and newspapers, podcasts, public events, blog posts and contributions to the high school curriculum. Notable and recent hightlights are her appearance on the popular science channel De Universiteit van Nederland on the works of a quantum computer (YouTube), the news about her work with Intel (Volkskrant, Parool, De Nieuws BV on NPO Radio 1), and her interview on the popular technology podcast De Technoloog.