Mathematician Arne Smeets (1986) works at the interface of algebra, geometry and number theory. Smeets is regarded as an expert in applying abstract techniques from logarithmic and birational geometry to specific problems in number theory. He has won several teaching awards. He is also devoted to community building in his field. Smeets hopes to contribute to improving science policy by focusing on thematic diversity and by highlighting the importance of smaller disciplines. As part of The Young Academy, Smeets plans to examine whether the existing mechanisms for research funding are effective enough to benefit all disciplines equally.
Professor of Mathematics KU Leuven
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven