Annual Meeting 2020

The AMS annual meeting, planned for Friday (March 13, 2020), has been CANCELLED, due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Several AMS members and visitors to the meeting are medical specialists that have to be available for patient care should a crisis present. Many of our researchers are embedded in clinical departments or involved in clinical research and in close contact with patients and medical personnel. In line with the policy of Amsterdam UMC to avoid gatherings which are not strictly necessary and the advice we received today by the Dutch Federation of Medical Specialists not to attend any meetings, we have taken the decision to cancel the meeting.

Depending on further developments, we intend to reschedule the annual meeting for later this year. We will keep you informed.


All AMS members and their guests are warmly invited to join!

Registration is now open for participation at the AMS Annual Research meeting, the annual happening on movement research in Amsterdam and beyond; sign up HERE!

The full abstracts for the workshops can be found below. Deadline for registration is February 21, 2020. Submission for inclusion in the poster session is still open, see below to submit your abstract.


  • 08:30 Registration and Coffee;
  • 09:00 Opening by chairs Dr Nathalie Bravenboer and Dr Sjoerd Bruijn;
  • 09:05 Professor Frans Nollet: Amsterdam Movement Sciences Update, including Where do we go from here?;
  • 09:15 A dive into a selection of projects from the five AMS research programs;
  • 10.15 Professor Annemieke Buizer (Amsterdam UMC / Emma Children’s Hospital);
  • 10:45 Coffee break;
  • 11:15 Workshop round 1;
  • 12:30 Lunch and Poster Session;
  • 13:45 Workshop round 2;
  • 15:00 Keynote 2: Professor Yvo Smulders, Amsterdam UMC: Societal Relevance: is it Relevant? ;
  • 15:30 Coffee break;
  • 16:00 Keynote 3: Professor Paul van Zuijlen
  • Dutch Burns Centre: Healing burns: a new look at the whole; 16:30 PhD and ECR Update;
  • 16:40 Awards and presentation by winner Outstanding Paper Award;
  • 16:55 Closure;
  • 17:00 –18:00 Traffic Jam Drinks!

    In addition there will be interesting research presentations from each of the five AMS research programs. There is a poster session and 2 rounds of workshops, you can find the workshop abstracts below.

    Book of submitted abstracts to download:


    • Outstanding Paper Award open to MA students and AMS member PhD candidates for a publication (print or online) published in 2019. (Download the criteria below);
    • Best Poster Award open to MA students and AMS member PhD candidates (download the submission criteria below). We welcome new research results, but you can also use a poster previously presented at another recent meeting.


    The deadlines for submissions to the Outstanding paper award is February 1, 2020. Abstract submissions for the Best Poster Award is also February 1, 2020. Should you want to use the AMS logo, it is available here.

    If you have any queries, do not hesitate to get in touch via mail to


    *Address: Mauritskade 64, 1092 AD Amsterdam

    Attendance Confirmation

    Attendance confirmation for VU and VUmc PhD candidates; complete as appropriate, print out, and have it signed by AMS staff during the meeting:

    Workshop Abstracts

    An Introduction to Bayesian Statistics with JASP: Bayesian data analysis presents an attractive alternative to p-value hypothesis testing. In the past years, Bayesian methods have become increasingly popular because they provide several advantages to the applied researcher, such as the ability to quantify evidence and successively update it as data come in. In this workshop, we will give a conceptual introduction to the basics of Bayesian statistics and introduce JASP, a user-friendly open source software package that allows users to conduct Bayesian data analysis for standard statistical problems. NOTE: bring your laptop to the workshop!

    Automated video-based movement analysis using machine learning; using the DeepLabCut toolbox for tracking movements in children, animals, and muscles (Dr Helga Haberfehlner and Dr Lynn Bar-On): DeepLabCut is a newly developed, open-source toolbox code that builds on a state-of-the-art machine learning to allow a user to train a deep neural network with limited training data to precisely track user-defined landmarks in videos. It has mainly been applied in animal research (e.g. fruit flies, cheetahs, mice) but has also already been used for tracking early movements in human babies and for tracking in ultrasound images. The advantage of this toolbox is that it is well-documented, and easy to use (for users afraid of coding, a full graphical user interface is present). We will present examples of what can be done with DeepLabCut, and attendees will make a start in labelling their own videos in a cloud-based environment. NOTE: bring your laptop to the workshop!

    Research Integrity (Dr Jaap van Netten and Dr Gerben ter Riet): How is your daily work affected by choices on integrity? How much do you know about RI? And how do you handle situations when there’s pressure on your choices? Test your skills, and share your experiences during RI-Bingo, and be prepared to give a solo karaoke performance should your skills not be up to scratch! This workshop is informative AND entertaining, and was given an excellent review after last year’s AMS meeting. The workshop is only offered during the morning session.

    *Research Professional Workshop: The *Research Professional (RP) funding database is a powerful tool to help researchers find exactly the funding opportunities they need. A representative from Research professional will share his expertise during this workshop and give a general introduction of the database and help you get started; focus on how to identify relevant calls, explore the awards database and set up your own query. In addition he will work through the various functionalities the database offers, and will finish off with a one-to-one session if there are any particular queries. The workshop is open to all AMS members, but is especially relevant for PhD candidates and ECRs. NOTE: Bring your own laptop and set up an RP account prior to the workshop! (

    RNA-seq analysis using the Amsterdam UMC core facilities: from the test-tube to functional interpretation (Dr Daoud Sie, Dr Peter Henneman, Dr Piet Molenaar, Dr Jan Koster): This workshop will provide insight and hands-on experience in how a typical RNA-seq project flows through the available Core Facilities at Amsterdam UMC. We start with the concepts of experiment design and follow our way through the Core Facility Genomics where the wetlab work; sequencing and data preprocessing is performed. Next is a hands-on session where the Core Facility Oncogenomics will guide you through R2, a dedicated AUMC developed genomics analysis platform designed for wetlab biologists. Here you will explore, analyze and visualize the RNA-seq data set to extract and interpret biology from the experiments. The workshop is targeted towards PhD candidates and ECRs. NOTE: Bring your laptop!

    Room for everyone’s talent: In this workshop by Dirk-Jan den Boer (director SGW @ NWO, and Talent portfolio holder), there will be a discussion based on the recent position paper ‘Ruimte for Ieders Talent’ published by KNAW and VSNU. Based on this paper, which concludes that it takes a diversified talent pool and wide set of expertise to get the best deliverables, there will be a discussion on which steps are needed to obtain the goals. How do we ensure that the various tasks in academia are given equal credit, be it patient care, teaching, research or leadership, to name a few. The paper suggests less emphasis on quantitative measurables, and that career paths may change, without this being a negative slant. The emphasis will be more on the group achievement than on the individual achievement, and in addition, both open and citizen science will play a bigger part. Do you want to join the discussion? Sign up for the workshop!

    The heart is also a muscle: the basics of cardiac imaging (Dr Harald Thune Jørstad): A hands-on workshop in cardiac imaging and practical echocardiography for beginners. Cardiac function is central to the understanding of both exercise physiology and the diagnostic process in individuals with exercise-related complaints. In the last two decennia, different imaging modalities, such as echocardiograhy, CT- and MRI scans have revolutionised our understanding of cardiac (mal)function. While echocardiography used to be complex and require extensive training, current echocardiography machines require minimal training and are easily accessible in most medical centers. This workshop provides an introduction to the basics of cardiac imaging and includes hands-on training in basic echocardiography. No prior experience in echocardiography is needed to participate.