Today it was announced that Bas van Bavel has won the Spinoza Prize. The NWO Spinoza Prize of 2.5 million euros is the highest award in Dutch science. In addition to Bas van Bavel, 5 other scientists received this prize. The researchers receive the prize for their excellent, pioneering and inspiring work. According to the selection committee for the Spinoza Prize, Van Bavel has a broad interest and a powerful research agenda, in which he always manages to find surprising, original angles of approach. He is internationally highly regarded, writes in leading international journals and has won a large number of prizes.