Raoul Heertje at the Amsterdam Movement Sciences kick-off day on January 27th 2017
On Friday January 27th, the Kick-off meeting for Amsterdam Movement Sciences took place at de Nieuwe Liefde in Amsterdam. 175 clinicians, scientists, PhD candidates and other members of the academic community were present at this inspiring meeting place.
Frans Nollet and Mario Maas kicked-off the meeting with an introduction of what the institute aims to achieve in the coming years; to stimulate research collaboration on human movement across traditional boundaries; to meet and exchange; to build bridges and facilitate new collaborations across traditional focus areas - together we stand stronger! The new research programs focus on human movement in health and disease, prevention and cure, sports and work and represent an exceptionally broad basic expertise and various clinical disciplines. The participants could choose from 12 different workshops; in the morning session the focus was on the fields of expertise, in the afternoon sessions the focus was on the new themes.
In between the scientific sessions there was entertainment; Raoul Heertje set the trend in the morning by asking the participants to get out of their comfort zone and reach for new collaboration partners, an item that was a linking pin throughout the day. Raoul humorously challenged the participants by stating that everyone present was exceptionally intelligent, but they would have to set this aside during the day and reach out to new partners!
After lunch there was an interception focusing on movement. All participants were given a rhythm to clap their hands and stamp their feet to, and everyone was moving to the sounds of the body percussion group Dununba.
The artist Theo Jansen, known from the ‘Strand beasts’ rounded the day off with an inspiring presentation and the theory of evolution behind his magnificent creatures. Theo gave a fascinating talk about the inspiration to create, the perseverance needed when developing a new form of life and the importance of bridging fundamental and applied science!
It was a busy, inspiring day, and people stayed at the reception well into the evening hours. Amsterdam Movement Sciences has taken its first steps and new collaboration partners have found each other!