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Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health

Together for more healthy years

Impact Event: behind the scenes of academic impact

When:Th 15-09-2022
Where:DOT, Groningen
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It has been almost 5 years of the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health and a lot has happened since the opening in 2018. We have worked hard together with our network of researchers and partners to create more healthy years for everyone.

Join us on the 15th of September 2022 at the DOT for an impact show 'Behind the scenes of academic impact' , where we would like to share with you what challenges and opportunities we have encountered and how we have turned them into impactful stories.

We will explore different perspectives : how to create impact on regional, national, and international level, what is the importance of young, talented researchers in the impact journey, and what is the role of media in it?

During the event, Jochen Mierau will share his impact story and will give his farewell as a scientific director of the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health.

See the programme with a broad spectrum of acedamic and societal speakers below and register!

The event is open for anyone who is interested or involved in working towards societal impact through academia.
The event will be in both Dutch and English. Dutch presentations will be translated by an interpreter for the international audience.


13:00 Welcome coffee
13:30 Welcome by the host Sander Baesjou

Keynote: Making Cases for the Societal Impact from Research
Johan Woltjer
professor of urban development and planning
dean of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, UG


Impact shorts : Where does research end and politics begin?

  • Anja Zantinge
    coordinator prevention at Ministry VWS
  • Marianne de Visser
    WRR scientific council member/neurolog
  • Maarten den Braber
    lead BI Data & Analytics/Health KIC, PHDNL
  • Arno Rutte
    former member of the Dutch House of Representatives

Couch talk: Aletta in the region

  • Dorine Sibbes
    programme manager at Groningen Province
  • Jeroen Pronk
    director of Centre of Expertise Healthy Ageing
  • Margreet de Graaf
    former director of public health at Veiligheidsregio Friesland
  • Cora-Yfke Sikkema
    mayor of Oldambt

Keynote: 'Participating is having an impact'
Marielle Gebben
Creative entrepreneur
Process supervisor PHDNL/Aletta Advies

14:30 Coffee Break

Impact shorts: Aletta on/across the border

  • Hans Gerd Nothwang
    professor neurogenetics, University of Oldenburg
  • Alex Friedrich
    chief medical/executive officer, Münster University Hospital

Couch talk: Aletta and talent

  • Hermien Dijk
    assistant professor of health economics, UG
  • Jelle Brouwer
    PhD candidate, linguistics, UG
  • Thomas Reindersma
    PhD candidate at Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management
15:35 Short intermezzo

Couch talk: Aletta and the media

  • Arend van Wijngaarden
    health reporter, Dagblad van het Noorden
  • Esther Metting
    assistant professor, psychology and epidemiology, UG
  • Rina Knoeff
    Aletta Jacobs professor of health and humanities, UG

Keynote: Universities: Research, Teaching and Impact?!
Jochen Mierau
scientific director AJSPH (2018- June 2022)
scientific director Lifelines
professor Public Health economics, UG

16:30 Drinks: Farewell to Jochen Mierau

Keynotes and host

Impact event host and keynote
Mariëlle Gebben

Keynote title: Participating is having an impact'

Mariëlle Gebben is an independent entrepreneur and artist. In 2004 she completed her study Art and Art Policy at the University of Groningen. She works at the intersection of science, policy and society and recently published the book 'Groningen and the earthquakes' together with Wim Derksen, how knowledge hardly improves policy. Her clients are (semi-)public organizations and knowledge institutions. In 2017 she graduated cum laude from the Photo Academy Amsterdam with her handmade book Rabbit. Since then, she has explored the boundary between imagination and reality in her visual art under the heading 'I bring you The Flux'.

Jochen Mierau

Keynote title: Universities: Research, Teaching and Impact?!

Jochen Mierau is a professor of public health economics at the University of Groningen (Faculty of Economics & Business) as well as scientific director of Lifelines. He is an affiliated researcher of the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) and an extramural fellow of the Health Econometrics and Data Group of the University of York. His research interest is at the interface between health economics, epidemiology, demography and public health. He focuses on health inequalities between and within socioeconomic groups on an individual as well as neighborhood level. While much of his research focuses on various determinants of health inequalities, he also focuses on the policy levers that may be employed to reduce health inequalities such as better data-infrastructures and more clearly assigned responsibilities. He was co-founder as well as inaugural scientific director of the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health and he has set up a variety of multidisciplinary educational programs such as a summer school, a minor, a research master track, and an Executive MBA. He actively participates in various regional, national and European policy dialogues and serves as advisor for a host of government agencies.

Johan Woltjer

Keynote title: Making Cases for the Societal Impact from Research

Johan Woltjer is Professor of Urban Development and Planning, and Dean of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, Netherlands. He was previously at the University of Westminster, United Kingdom, and various other universities including the University of Amsterdam and the University of Twente. Professor Woltjer holds a wide range of international positions including External Examiner, Honorary Professor at the Institute of Technology Bandung, and Editor for CITIES, a globally leading journal in the field of urban studies.