Events

New information booklet on adolescent brain development

The foundation for Life Sciences & Society (Biowetenschap & Maatschappij) has published a new booklet on adolescent brain development. It covers the most recent insights on a wide range of topics, such as risk-taking behavior, social-emotional development, the effect of sleep and social media, and what happens when development deviates from average. It is written by Dutch scientists and youth professionals, amongst which many GUTS researchers. It can be downloaded (free) or bought through this site.

May 16, 2019: NeuroLabNL Startimpuls symposium

On 16 May 2019, the annual NeuroLabNL Startimpuls symposium: “cross-talk between neuroscience and society” will take place in the Royal Theatre (Koninklijke Schouwburg) in The Hague. Guest speaker Prof. dr. Ronald Dahl (UC Berkeley, USA) will share his view on the use of developmental and neurocognitive science for public health, educational and safety policy. Startimpuls consortia-members will present their scientific products. In a masterclass, you can ask questions about your own (research)problems regarding neuroscience, societal benefits and policy making. The day will end with a paneldiscussion by Pedagogical Director of Youth Penitentiary Institutions Marijke van Geenabeek, Director-General Marcelis Boereboom from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and Director Carsten Herstel from the Ministry of Justice and Safety, who will share their view on the use of neuroscience for policy making.

For the full program and registration, check this link.

April 15-18, 2019: NIAS – Lorentz Center Workshop

This 4 day workshop focuses on integrating theory and methodological approaches to capture developmental brain dynamics across multiple levels.

It is hosted in Leiden and organized by researchers from the Free University (Nienke van Atteveldt), Maastricht University (Milene Bonte), Catholic University Leuven (Maaike Vandermosten) and Leiden University (Wouter Weeda).

For the program, see the workshop website.

ZonMW funding obtained to develop educational material for professionals working with youth antisocial behavior

Neurobiological knowledge about antisocial behavior in adolescents has increased in recent years. How this knowledge can be used in practice, for example by professionals working with criminal youth, is often still unclear. Hogeschool Windesheim and Hogeschool Utrecht have been awarded a ZonMW grant for the development of a curriculum about the neurobiology behind antisocial behavior. This curriculum is intended to give professionals (in training) insight into the neurobiological aspects that can play a role in antisocial behavior: how can you deal with this knowledge, use the knowledge and what conclusion can you attach to it.

Scientific knowledge from the Startimpulse of NeuroLabNL, a consortium affiliated with GUTS, is combined with practical knowledge from, among others, the Academic Workplace Youth and social partners such as the NIFP, Pluryn and Young in Prison. An important part of the development of the educational package lies in involving the needs and opinion of young people themselves and the professionals who work with them. The result will be a dynamic educational package that is based on the most recent knowledge from neurobiology, psychology and sociology.

Successful matchmaking during Dutch “Weekend of Science”

During the Dutch national “Weekend of Science”, successful matches were made between members of the GUTS consortium and societal partners. Under supervision of professional moderator Linda Duits , participants discussed research questions that were posed by members of the Dutch society. They specifically focussed on how such a research question could be tackled, and which role both academics and practitioners could take. At the end of this meeting, a new research project was proposed on which, amongst others, scientists from the Free University in Amsterdam, the Ministry of Safety and Justice and Youth Penitentiary will cooperate. Also, the current NeuroLabNL Startimpuls consortium was expanded by establishing new connections with the national Dutch research institute TNO and the applied university in Amsterdam.

Oct 7, 2018: Matchmaking between researchers and societal partners

On October 7th, the NeuroLabNL Startimpulse consortium organizes a matchmaking event between academic researchers, non-academic researchers and societal partners. The goal of this matchmaking event is to further advance collaborations between researchers and societal partners, both within and beyond NeuroLabNL. During an interactive session led by moderator Linda Duits, researchers and societal partners will work towards constructing sustainable partnerships. They will be able to form joint research questions that might lead to future proposals for example for Dutch Science Agenda (NWA) calls. The topic of the matchmaking will be youth education and safety.

Oct 3, 2018: Crime and Genetics symposium

Hundreds of twin and adoption studies have shown human behavior is influenced by both environmental and genetic factors. Although this has also been found for antisocial and criminal behavior, the vast majority of criminological research still focuses on environmental factors only.

During this symposium, international experts from a variety of academic disciplines will show how different types of genetic studies improve our understanding of aggressive, antisocial and criminal behavior. Studies such as these shed light on the role genes play, but also offer unique opportunities to examine environmental influences, making the symposium interesting to anyone studying root causes of crime.