Dear Alettas,
The months are flying by at our online offices; in the last couple of months we have had some great online events, the first Aletta Health Grants were awarded and Aletta is exploring cooperation with the Regional Campus in South West Drenthe.  

In this newsletter, we bring you up-to-date with our latest news! 


Aletta fellows Meet-up

On Thursday 11th of March, we organised an Aletta Fellows Meet-up. We were happy to welcome a new group of researchers to the Aletta Fellows network and to meet the fellows who were appointed last year again!

We started off the meeting with an introduction by Jochen and Frederic about the AJSPH. Nienke took over by explaining the Fellows structure. After that, Aletta Fellows Corinna Glasner, Susanne Täuber, and Bertus Jeronimus told us a bit about their experiences in their first year as Fellows. After a short break we switched to Gather Town for some small group sessions. It was a really nice meeting and we are looking forward to working with the Aletta Fellows again in the coming time.
Watch the recording of the first part of the session

Population Health Data NL

We have been on the road with PHDNL for six months now! In the first PHDNL newsletter we look back on a successful exploration phase in which the foundation was laid for a platform that can add value to the current world of data-driven health policy.
Subscribe to the PHDNL newsletter

ENLIGHT Kick-off Week

During the ENLIGHT Kick-off Week, Aletta co-hosted a Flagship session on Health & Well-being on behalf of the University of Groningen as one of the ENLIGHT partners. 

Topic: The Impact of the Corona Crisis on Public Health Research in the coming 2 to 5 years.
Speakers: Valentina Gallo, Irja Lutsar, Jochen Mierau, Rodolphe Thiébaut and Sebastian Vollmer.
Watch the flagship session

BSS symposium

Last week, the Social Sciences Centre for Health and Well-being and Aletta organized an online symposium, focused on (understanding) the public's response to COVID-19 and what lessons can be learnt from this pandemic.

Curious to see how it was? 
Have a look back at the symposium

Frisian Prevention Approach

In the province of Friesland, 18 municipalities collaborate with partners such as health insurer De Friesland, GGD Fryslân, Aletta Fryslân, HANNN, and others, in the Frisian Prevention Approach (FPA).

The FPA aims to connect health-related initiatives and research projects within Friesland in order to reach their two main goals: good health and wellbeing, and equal chances for all Frisian inhabitants. The programme is built around three lines: knowing what works (research-oriented), sharing what works (network-oriented) and doing what works (impact-oriented). The orientation phase of the FPA ends in April, which is when the building phase will begin.

At Aletta, Nienke is the contact person for the FPA.
More information about the FPA (Dutch)

Regional campus Meppel

In South West Drenthe, AJSPH is exploring cooperation with the Regional Campus Meppel; a collaboration between educational institutions (Windesheim, VIAAA, Deltion, Drenthe College, Stad en Esch), health organisations (Noorderboog, Isala, WelzijnMensenWerk), the municipalities of Meppel and Westerveld and the business community (including Rabobank). Meetings have taken place with all sectors.

Follow-up steps will focus on applied research, educational projects in the Academic Lab and strengthening the regional prevention strategy. The first assignment for students from FEB has now been issued via Student Consultancy.


Aletta Health Grant

Through consultancy earnings, AJSPH has reserved a budget to stimulate small and short term activities within the UMCG, UG and the Hanze UAS that are linked to the Public Health theme. 

The first Aletta Health Grants have been awarded! The following researchers will receive a grant to further develop their project:

  • Aranka Ballering
  • Teja Rebernik
  • Anne Margit Reitsema
  • Susanne Scheibe
More information about their projects


Aletta Research Meet-up

On 22 April another Aletta Research Meet-up will be held! 

Topic: Science & Practice: What are the implications of COVID-19 public health research for practice? II edition

Five experts of different disciplines/societal institutions will reflect on how scientific findings can be used for the development of practical policies tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, but also how practical issues can stimulate research. 

Confirmed speakers: Alex FriedrichBertus Jeronimus and Valentina Gallo.
More information and registration

EMS Research Colloquium

All scientists in the fields of medical and natural sciences are welcome to join the EMS Research Colloquium. The colloquium takes place every first Monday of the month from 4pm to 6pm during semester months. Details regarding dates, speakers and topics can be found through the button below. 

More information


Summer School Sustainable Health

Working towards a new, better normal after COVID-19
Where does COVID-19 come from and was it avoidable in the first place? What are its connections with the Black Lives Matter movement, and why do minority groups experience worse outcome after infection? What has been the role of health systems in coping with the pandemic?

This summer school will be answering all these questions, and discuss potential answers to the most important one: what should the ‘new, better, normal’ after COVID-19 look like?
More information
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