The MyMovez project is funded by the European Research Council (ERC). The ERC’s mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, on the basis of scientific excellence. Being ‘investigator-driven’, or ‘bottom-up’, in nature, the ERC approach allows researchers to identify new opportunities and directions in any field of research, rather than being led by priorities set by politicians. This ensures that funds are channelled into new and promising areas of research with a greater degree of flexibility. ERC grants are awarded through open competition to projects headed by starting and established researchers, irrespective of their origins, who are working or moving to work in Europe. The sole criterion for selection is scientific excellence.
Next to the MyMovez team and students of the Behavioural Science Institute, many more people are involved in the project! We provide internships to students (Nutritional Health or Sports & Physical Activity) of the Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen (HAN). The interns assist our team in preparing and conducting schoolvisits while they acquire working experience and conduct their own study which fits into the overall aim of MyMovez.
We are not the only initiative which aims to provide youth a healthy future. Our research project and campagne is in line with the aspirations of JOGG. The aim of JOGG is to work towards a society where youngsters live, learn, play and work in an environment in which a healthy lifestyle is the norm . Also JOGG believes in the power of the social enviroment to achieve that goal. We exchange knowledge and research findings with JOGG.
All over the world, thousands of scientists are studying youth. Researchers from psychology, communication, economics, sociology, and many other disciplines are continuously gathering new and valuable insights on this important consumer group. Every day, dozens of research findings are being published in academic journals or books and presented at academic conferences. The insights are part of the foundation for the MyMovez project. Unfortunately, it is difficult to get access to this research knowledge for people from outside the academic world. Moreover, scientific sources are not only difficult to find and get access to; they are often difficult to read. Academese, the scientist’s jargon, makes the texts tough reading materials. And, well, let’s be fair about it: the materials are often quite dry and abstract. A few members of our project team make scientific knowledge accessible and attractive for professionals involved with youth, by translating the latest, most relevant, and highest quality academic insights into bite-size portions. Curious? Take a look at the Bitescience site!