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Symposium Healthy Ageing, Health, and Well-Being: Perspectives from the Behavioural and Social Sciences

When:Th 04-11-2021 12:00 - 17:00
Where:0161 Munting building (Kouwerzaal) - Grote Kruisstraat 2/1

Healthy ageing, health and well-being are focal areas of research at the University of Groningen. At the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences there is considerable expertise on these topics and a lot of potential for fruitful collaborations between researchers and students. The aim of this annual symposium, for the first time organized under the umbrella of the newly founded Social Sciences Centre for Health and Well-being is to bring together researchers, PhD and (research) master students who share an interest in healthy ageing, health and well-being from the perspective of the behavioural and social sciences. The symposium serves to inform each other about ongoing work at the faculty, explore opportunities for future collaborations and joint funding proposals, and contribute to the creation of an active Health and Well-Being research community within our Faculty and beyond.


The symposium starts with a walk-in lunch from 12:00-12:30 hrs, followed by keynote speaker Babet Kanis, PhD student from the research unit social psychology at the psychology department of this faculty. Her topic: Opening Pandora’s Box: Is Hope a Source of Well-being or a Torment?

After this, researchers from different research groups within the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences will present their ongoing research projects on one of three research themes:

1. Health in social context and policy development

2. Healthy Ageing

3. Health interventions

Presentations will be short (approximately 10-20 min) to allow for a substantial amount of time for discussions.

Registration and target group

Click here to sign up.

Deadline for registration: 1 November 2021.

All interested researchers, PhD- and (research) master students are welcome.

Organizing Committee

Prof. Karel Brookhuis (

Prof. Monicque Lorist (

Prof. Susanne Scheibe (

Minou Adami (

Lucia Boer (




Walk-in lunch (at the Orangerie) All participants



Karel Brookhuis


Introducing the Social Sciences Centre for Health and Wellbeing Katherine Stroebe

Session 1

Topic Presenter


Opening Pandora’s Box: Is Hope a Source of

Well-being or a Torment?

Babet Kanis


Caught Between Relief and Unease. University Students’ Well-being and Resilience During COVID-19 in the Netherlands

Lisa Kiltz


A Lifespan Perspective Of Depression: Associations Between Previous Disorders and Impairment and Suicidality in Individuals with Major Depressive Disorder

Annelieke Roest


The Neural Mechanisms of Feedback Processing and Integration that Underlie Ageing Deficits in Behavioral Adjustment

Celina Pütz



Session 2


The Work Floor as ‘Healthy Learning Environment’: Emerging Dilemmas

Maaike Smulders


The Vital Movement: The transition from a Health Care State to a Participating Society

Martine Goedendorp


Community Wise: A Community-based Positive Health Intervention for Older Adults with a Lower SES

Felina Platzer


Face Masks Reduce Emotion-recognition Accuracy and Perceived Closeness

Felix Grundmann