Recent societal impact projects (scroll down for more)

Co-supervising the postdoc project of Frances Wijnen on the impact of public engagement activities on sustainable behavior. In collaboration with Erik van Sebille and Wouter van Joolingen, and embedded at the Utrecht Freudenthal Institute for science communication. 

Main researcher of an empirical study on the impact of the Betweter Festival on the knowledge, attitudes and behavior of the visitors. In collaboration with Stephanie Helfferich, Jessie Waalwijk and the Centre for Science and Culture at Utrecht University. 

With a number of fellows of the public engagement pillar of the Utrecht University Open Science Program, we wrote a position paper on 'meaningful public engagement in the context of open science'. Click on the picture to see the paper.

Researcher in a collaborative study with Artis/Planetarium to investigate the impact of visiting the Planetarium on visitors' motivation for sustainable behavior. With Félice van Nunspeet and Naomi Ellemers. Click on the picture for more information.

Recent societal impact projects (scroll down for more)

Organizing and teaching the course "How to write a policy brief" at the Social, Health, and Organizational Psychology department. In collaboration with Peter Franx from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment.

Co-authoring a chapter on the social functions of humor for the interdisciplinary Handbook of Humor Research with sociology professor and humor research authority Giselinde Kuipers of KU Leuven.

Doing live experiments on humor at "The Funniest Festival Ever", a festival of comedy, debate, and science in Den Bosch. In collaboration with Mark Boukes, Giselinde Kuipers, Dick Zijp and the Koningstheateracademie.

Public lecture "Why are people with humor so wildly attractive?" for the Universiteit van Nederland (University of The Netherlands, a platform where scientists from Dutch universities give free lectures on the internet).

Our research group Organisatiegedrag.nl was granted a KNAW award for ongoing commitment to science communication.

Researcher in an NWA-funded project "Measuring science communication impact", with Anne Land-Zijlstra and Ward Peeters. We develop a toolbox to measure the output, outcome, and impact of public engagement activities.

Working on an Utrecht Young Academy-funded research program on the experience and appreciation of interdisciplinary research. With Ilona Domen, Jarno Hoekman, and Yvonne Vercoulen.

Awarded a research grant by the Centre for Unusual Collaborations for the research project Defeating Chronic Pain. This is a collaboration between the universities of Eindhoven, Utrecht and Wageningen. Click on the picture for more information.

Our children’s book about psychology (Tussen je oren) is used in an outreach project about social safety for children at primary schools. Click on the picture to visit the project website.

Member of the assessment committee of the Public Engagement Seed Fund, an opportunity for Utrecht University academics to apply for a small grant to undertake innovative public engagement activities.

Fellow of the Public Engagement pillar of the UU-wide Open Science Program. Member of the Open Science Team of the social sciences faculty (FOST).

Public lectures, for example on Moral Boundaries of Humor for Studium Generale Groningen, February 2020. Click on the picture to see the full lecture.

Monthly column (until 2020) about the impact of humor at work on People Power Radio, a podcast presented by Glenn van der Burg about the power of people in organisations. 

Developing and teaching the course “Storytelling for Scientists” for KLI members and UU PhD students.

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Toestemmen & tonen

Helping high school students with their "profielwerkstuk". Click on the picture for an example: a short documentary by Yili Kong en Tessa van Kesteren on the behavioral influence of advertising.

Weekend van de Wetenschap

Developing the Nationaal Publiekonderzoek on the topic of humor. This is an initiative of several partners (e.g. Ministry of OCW, NEMO Kennislink) to promote research with a broad appeal (with Noortje Coppens and Mario de Jonge.

Co-producing Mindlab, a theater play to improve the work climate at Dutch universities (with Ellen Giebels, Naomi Ellemers, Aukje Nauta, and TheaterMakers Radio Kootwijk.

My popular science book on the psychology of humor appeared in 2020 with Uitgeverij Balans.

Betweterfestival

Testing our model on effective public engagement at the Betweterfestival (with the Utrecht Centre for Science and Culture, 2019).

Blogging for DUB magazine, the Digital University Journal (40.000-45.000 unique visitors per month, 2017-2019).

Kurt Lewin Instituut

Setting up KLI Research, a platform that facilitates research collaborations between KLI members and external organizations (2019).

Advising the Ellemers lab of Utrecht University (www.organisatiegedrag.nl) on science communication and societal impact 

Setting up the KLI Academy, an educational platform where members of the Kurt Lewin Graduate school teach psychology to professionals in external organizations (2018).

From parochialism to an inclusive city. A public engagement / research project on a film intervention to improve intergroup relations in Utrecht (with Lars Tummers, Utrecht Young Academy, and Utrecht municipality, 2018).

Developing "Waar of niet Waar?", a public engagement project where we train primary school children to do experimental research on humor (2018, with the Utrecht Young Academy and the Wetenschapsknooppunt).

Developing the popular science event “Social Animal”, where KLI members present their latest work to a broader audience and media (> 200 paying non-members, 2018).

Creating a new website www.psychologievansociaalgedrag.nl that highlights the work and services of KLI members to the outside world (2018).

Tussen je oren

Tussen je oren. A children’s book about psychology (2017, Prometheus, with Ap Dijksterhuis).

Research with comedian Guido Weijers on the impact of the “Oudejaarsconference” on reflection and attitude change in the audience (2017).