With Gravitation, the government stimulates excellent research in the Netherlands. It is intended for scientific consortia that have the potential to become world leaders in their field. Gravitation is carried out by NWO on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Researchers can conduct top university research for ten years and collaborate in a multidisciplinary manner.

Zwaartekracht 2022

  • GUTS: growing up together in society - prof.dr. Eveline Crone

    The consortium Growing Up Together in Society (GUTS) will receive 22 million euros. Crone: "We really do this for young people. The corona crisis has taken its toll. It's not enough to catch up, they have to grow up really successfully and that means more than scores; it's also about welfare, contributions and involvement in society." A unique aspect is the addition of youth panels, young people themselves thinking about what is important for their generation. The research focuses on learning together in education, social networks such as friendships and young people who have been in contact with the law at an early age. Throughout this, there is a focus on social inequality. "Erasmus University is the best place for this, this is in the DNA of the university," says Crone. "I am very fortunate to be able to do this here for the next ten years."

    Eveline Crone
  • The algorithmic society - Prof.dr. Moniek Buijzen

    Prof. Moniek Buijzen is involved in the consortium 'The Algorithmic Society’ (ALGOSOC), which receives 21.3 million euros and is led by the University of Amsterdam. This project investigates how public values and human rights can be safeguarded within the development of (semi-) automated processes (such as Artificial Intelligence). "Think of systems used by banks or health insurance companies. You see that biases arise in them”, says Moniek Buijzen, Professor of Communication and Behavioural Change. 

    Prof. dr. Moniek Buijzen
  • Stress-in-Action - Prof.dr. Liesbeth van Rossum

    In the 'Stress-in-Action' consortium, scientists develop new methods to measure and reduce stress in everyday life. In this way, the researchers hope to prevent stress-related diseases in the future. The consortium will receive 19.6 million euros, 3.6 million of which will go to researchers at Erasmus MC. Prof. Liesbeth van Rossum is involved in the project and she will further deepen her studies of stress and stress-related diseases, such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and mental illness.

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