21 February 2019 • Editorial
Partnership between GGD Haaglanden and The Hague University of Applied Sciences in ‘Living Lab’
The Hague University of Applied Sciences and GGD Haaglanden (Haaglanden Municipal Health Service) will be working together intensively on innovation, education, professionalisation and practice-oriented research within public health. To this end, we signed a collaboration agreement on Wednesday 12 February at the Zuiderpark Sport Campus in The Hague.
This partnership will take place in a so-called ‘Living Lab’, a space for experimentation where education, research and practice work together on innovative solutions in a life-like setting.
During a guided tour of the Gym of the Future and the Sport Lab, the collaborating partners could experience for themselves how inspiring working in a Living Lab can be.
Leading Lector Sanne de Vries: “In the Sport Lab, students work side-by-side with the target group and lecturer-researchers on issues from practice. Consider, for example, the question of how learning and exercise can be combined using technology at a childcare centre or at school.”
“This collaboration offers an opportunity to combine knowledge and expertise. Through this we can really arrive at initiatives for research and programmes and give public health a positive impulse in the Haaglanden region”, says Thomas Eckhardt, Medical Board Advisor at GGD Haaglanden.
Ton van Dijk, Director of Public Health at GGD Haaglanden: “We are starting a wonderful journey: joining forces to further develop innovative ideas into results.”
The partnership should lead to setting up a knowledge centre where through multi-annual, multidisciplinary and practice-oriented research programmes we can work together on innovating the professional practice and society.
Leonard Geluk, President of the Executive Board, closed the meeting nicely: “On our way to a healthier and happier The Hague!”