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Opening Centre of Expertise Social Sciences, Health and Well-being

When:Th 19-05-2022 15:00 - 17:00
Where:Orangerie (Gadourek building)

Do you have insight into the health and well-being related research that is done within our faculty – and the colleagues doing this work? Are you interested in exchanging knowledge, discussing emerging topics and getting to know new colleagues in this domain? Then the new Centre of Expertise Social Sciences, Health and Well-being may be something for you!

On May 19th (15.00-17.00), the Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences will open its new centre. The opening will take place at the Orangerie in the Gadourek building. The centre is affiliated with the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health (see

In only 5 min each, 6 BSS colleagues will present their health research in flash talks to jump start our conversation!

The aim of the centre is to bring together researchers within our faculty working on health and well-being related topics. The centre will be built around 3 different themes:  Health in social context, Healthy Ageing and Health Interventions & Policy Development. Activities of the centre (e.g. brownbag lunches), will aim to touch on discussions (theoretical, methodological, applied) that are central in the Social Sciences. The centre will also continue and broaden the work of the BSS Healthy Ageing initiative by organizing a yearly symposium (formerly Symposium on Healthy Ageing) and colloquia. An additional goal is to showcase to the outside world our faculty's contribution to research in the area of Health and Well-being.

Come join us for the opening and give input into the setup of the Centre! The dean will officially open the centre and there will be 6 short talks by staff members representing the three different themes: Health in social context, Healthy ageing, and Health Interventions & Policy Development.

You can register for the opening here


15:00 - 15:15 Arrival & Opening
15:15 - 15:45 Talks
15:45 - 16:00 Break
16:00 - 16:45 Interaction - World Cafe
16:45 - 17:30 Drinks

The Talks

Dean Kees Aarts Official opening of the centre
Jochen Mierau The Aletta School of Public Health
Lisette van der Meer Centre introduction
Susanne Scheibe The surprising emotional resilience of older workers
André Aleman How to keep your brain fit as you get older
Charmaine Borg Disgust as a protective mechanism against a high risk venture, sex
Charlotte Vrijen The bright side of life: An intergenerational study into the origins of optimism
Danielle Jansen Health systems as an import social determinant: possibilities and challenges to improve health and reduce inequity
Gijs Huitsing 10 years of KiVa in the Netherlands: A success-story of cooperation between science, practice and 450 schools


World café

  • The visitors are grouped in smaller teams that discuss a question/topic, followed by one switch of teams (at the bell), and another question/topic.
  • Thoughts are written on post its and attached to ‘sticky walls’
  • Question 1: What are the most important health related questions in the social sciences to focus on for our centre?
  • Question 2: How can the centre facilitate research in health related questions?

We look forward to seeing you on the 19th!

Sincerely, on behalf of the board members:

Katherine Stroebe,
Bertus Jeronimus,
Tina Kretschmer,
Gert Stulp,
Lucia Boer (project assistant)
Lisette van der Meer
& Susanne Scheibe

(Centre directors and BSS contact persons for the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health)