7 September 2018 • Gideon Wille
One year after the Prize Parade: the winners look back
Every year, The Hague University of Applied Sciences awards prizes for the best research and the best thesis. What did winning the prize mean to last year’s winners, researcher Dorien Voskuil and student Lina Stolz?
When Dorien Voskuil heard that her research had won the Pim Breebaart prize, she did not jump for joy right away. Only later, after reading the jury’s report did she feel a sense of pride. “At the time, I did think that we’d really achieved something great. We worked together with four faculties and devised the Dialogue Table in which we connect research to practice.”
Dorien Voskuil, who is a researcher in the Family Care Research Group and a senior lecturer on the Nutrition and Dietetics degree programme, was awarded the prize for her research entitled ‘Thinking about technology, health and care.’ In the words of the jury, this ‘involved a very topical and pressing issue’ and it is ‘relevant to the Hague University of Applied Sciences because there are hardly any degree programmes in which issues surrounding the use of technology do not play a role.’
Successful subsidy application
Dorien received the Breebaart prize of 5000 euros. “I don’t consider it a personal gift, but it has helped me to continue my work in the research group.” She won the prize with her wide-ranging research across the entire university of applied sciences. The prize money has enabled her to follow up her research and focus more on nutrition. It also allowed her to make time for a subsidy application. This application was granted. Dorien is now going to establish a dialogue between food and technology.
Students at the Hague University of Applied Sciences can be entered for the Thesis Award. The award was won in 2017 by Lina Stolz, an International and European Law alumnus with her study ‘The Relevance of Women’s Rights under the Rome Statute: Can Land Grabbing in Cambodia amount to Gender-Based Persecution?’ The study tackles land grabbing in poor Asian countries (with a specific focus on Cambodia) for food and biofuels for the Western world.
Lina was rather overwhelmed when she heard that she had won. “I didn’t expect this because the other participants’ theses were of such a high level. I didn’t take part to win. I saw it more as an opportunity to learn and grow through the feedback from the jury. Of course, I was extremely pleased when I heard that I’d won.”
Lina spent part of the prize money on a study trip to Serbia and Kosovo. She had previously carried out a study of these areas. “I’d dreamt about going there for a long time. I’ve now been able to visit important sites of the conflict in the former Yugoslavia and I’ve met exceptional people and organisations. This was very inspiring. Incidentally, I kept most of the prize money to use for the transitional period that I’m currently in.”
Last year, Lina gained her Master’s degree in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in Geneva. She has since returned to The Hague and is preparing for an internship at a leading organisation for women’s rights. “My thesis has been included in the HBO Knowledge Base. It’s positive that I can share my study and draw attention to the gender-based inequality associated with land grabbing. The prize has also enabled me to come into contact with organisations that work with land grabbing and gender equality.”
This year’s THUAS Prize Parade is approaching. The parade consists of:
• The Olive Award for the best team of lecturers (previously the best lecturer)
• The Pim Breebaart Research Award for the best research
• The Thesis Award for the best student thesis.
The prizes will be awarded on Thursday 1 November 2018 during THNK FST. Take part or nominate your colleagues and/or students. The registration deadline is 14 September. You can find more information about the Prize Parade on the website.
Dorien’s research resulted in among other things the Care and Technology Dialogue Table. The table was already present in a number of hospitals and in The Hague City Hall, and has been well attended. Now it is in the heart of our library. You can see what the dialogue table involves in the video below.
The prize allowed Dorien to make time for a subsidy application. She was successful, and the application was granted.