Societal outreach

As a researcher I find societal outreach an important and enjoyable part of research work; I like taking part in public debates, organise seminars, share my knowledge outside of academia and connect to the public issues. In this I try to pay special attention to accessibly of the communication methods. For instance, using podcasts and animations that are easy to understand and available for those who do not attend university.  

Popular Science Communication

For instance, at Chalmers all PhD are asked to do a public popular science presentation. While most students do this as part of some of the events in Gothenburg (e.g. Science festival) I choose to develop a podcast version of my work. This makes the science material also accessible to people who cannot attend the event on location. Afterwards I initiated the visualisation of the podcast, which resulted in a explainers video about my work. The visualisation is done by Ben van Wijk who also did this website. The video has been seen in different regions of the world, and people from as far as Australia commented on it.

Besides the podcast and explainer video I have been invited twice for a TEDx talk (Leiden and Amsterdam), provided lectures for design and engineering practices (RHDHV, Liljewall Architects, White Architects), and knowledge institutes (CVA, Leuven, TU Delft, Artez, …). You can see an overview of lectures at Education page. 

Developing Health Promotive Healthcare

The development of Health Promotive Healthcare and Hospital settings (HPH) in Sweden, the Netherlands and Europe are led by several networks which I also contribute to. 

Nätverket Hälsofrämjande hälso- och sjukvård - SHPHN

In the Swedish HPH network (Nätverket Hälsofrämjande hälso- och sjukvård) I am part of the work group that focuses on the role of the built environment for HPH (Hälsofrämjande Fysisk vårdmiljö). There we are currently working on improving the awareness of the role of the built environment for HPH. We do this by clarifying the core ambition and definitions, collecting and curating relevant literature, and searching for good examples to inspire those working with HPH. We also aim to have the physical environment specifically mentioned in the overall strategic goals. 

An abstract image with several overlays, including a 3d perspective of a patient room, a plan of a patient room, plants, and a woman standing
Image by HFS

Architecture, Green Deal Healthcare - RIVM

In the Netherlands the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)  has been working on the development of more sustainable healthcare organisations and also have paid attention to ‘Architecture, Green Deal Healthcare’. They share examples of good healthcare buildings and provide a background report on the topic. I have been involved as an adviser to the workgroup, provided both lectures, resources and feedback on the development of the background report ‘Green Deal Duurzame Zorg; Architectuur en inrichting en de gezonde zorgomgeving’.

Frontpage report Green Deal Duurzame Zorg: Architectuur en de gezonde zorgomgeving.
Image by HFS

PhD representation

Besides public communication I also represented architecture PhD students in both the department of Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE), as well as in the PhD student guilt of Chalmers University of Technology (DS). As a PhD student representative at the DS I have been involved in helping PHD to right support, contact with DOMB, highlight local issues (with merge, workload, alignment of courses, introduction PhD students; graphic work: websites; movie about study plan evt.

 

As a representative at ACE I have had diverse roles over the years, amongst them; writing statutes when departments merged, collection needs for doctoral education, speaking out on research misconduct, organising seminars about ethics, organising social event and a PhD research day.

 

PhD research has been a day to highlight the abundance of PhD educational work at Architecture and Engineering Department at Chalmers. I have had the initiative to develop this research day, and I have helped the development of the idea into an event. This included co-developing a template for all PhD to work in, communicating the ideas and intentions with the PhD students, and the seniors at the Department, and communicating the event on social media.

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