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Loes Janssen in NWO Synergy Award final

Loes Janssen would like to foster well-being of families by using an app and sending families short and fun activities each day to do together. For the Synergy Award ’21, PhD candidates were invited to submit their innovative idea on how to create societal impact. Watch the final on 4 February and vote for your online pitch!

Online pitch 4 February 16.30 hrs.

Four candidates are selected to pitch their compelling impact ideas to a jury at Synergy ’21 of the Dutch Research Council (NWO) on the relevance and potential impact of their own research. Join Synergy ’21: exploring possible futures from scientific perspectives.
NWO Synergy '21

Loes Janssen was inspired by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the daily life of families. Together with colleagues of the Clinical Psychology unit, she performed a study this article was recently published. Findings of their study showed the importance of spending quality time together and led to the idea to actively support families in having daily positive interactions. By using an app she would like to provide families with short and fun activities to do together each day in order to foster the well-being.


‘To submit your idea for the Synergy Award, I had to pitch the idea in max 2 minutes’ says Janssen. ‘Additionally, I had to write a short clarification of the idea, what I wanted to achieve and how I plan to achieve it. After being selected as a finalist, I followed an online pitch training, in which I not only gained knowledge on how to present my idea and myself but was also given the opportunity to put it into practice and receive feedback.’

Cameraman in the house

Initially, Loes Janssen and her colleague from Clinical Psychology Marie-Louise Kullberg came up with the idea together. They also submitted their idea as duo applicants, however due to the COVID-19 regulations, duo applications were not allowed and Janssen proceeded. Due to the COVID-19 regulations, the Synergy ’21 event will not take place live but online. ‘Therefore, a professional cameraman came to my house to film the definite pitch. The pitch will be broadcasted during the event on February after which the jury ánd public can vote.’

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