IDE professor presents Healthy Start to Minister of OCW

News - 14 October 2021 - Communication

On Monday, 11 October the Minister of Culture, Science and Education Ingrid van Engelshoven visited the Convergence - a collaboration between TU Delft, Erasmus MC, and Erasmus University Rotterdam.

IDE professor Maaike Kleinsmann, alongside her colleagues Eveline Crone (Erasmus University), and Vincent Jaddoe (Erasmus MC), presented their new Convergence flagship project Healthy Start to Minister van Engelshoven.

Healthy Start is a scientific initiative to "break unequal starting points in the lives of children and young adults". The initiative aims to join forces with socially engaged institutions, as well as medical, technical and social sciences. By doing so, the Healthy Start initiative can better address the complex issues surrounding healthy starts from birth to adolescence by exchanging knowledge and initiating impactful projects.

Thus, it is of great importance to work together with organisations and parties outside of the scientific community. Doing so will ensure that projects have the greatest possible impact. Healthy Start has already attracted >150 scientists, all of which are interested in fostering and growing the initiative together.

If you are interested in joining the Healthy Start initiative, you are invited to attend the Healthy Start Conference on 9 November. The congress will be in Dutch, but there will be breakout sessions in English. Register by 20 October to reserve your spot. Click here to find out more.