Working groups

NVG-KNOWS has two working groups in which members meet to work together to achieve the society’s goals.

Working group ‘Communication and (inter-)national profiling NVG-KNOWS’

As NVG-KNOWS, we are proud of our network and activities and sharing these with member as well as non-members. The aim of the working group  is twofold. First, the working group aims to extend and strengthen the communication and collaboration among members of the society. We promote the work of our members, connect members and support members. Second, the working group aims to expand the national and international profile of NVG-KNOWS. Practically, this means that we focus on the following activities:

  • Organising joint symposia with other NVG-KNOWS members;
  • Developing and updating PR materials;
  • Managing the LinkedIn group Gerontology Network Netherlands (‘Gerontologie Netwerk Nederland’);
  • Updating the NVG-KNOWS website.


Are you enthusiastic about the NVG-KNOWS and would you like to join or working group? Please contact Geeske Peeters: geeske.peeters@gbhi.org.

Members of the working group:


Working group ‘Research, Education and Professionalisation’

In 2017, the plan arose to form a national platform for students with an interest in gerontology to connect and exchange knowledge. This developed into the ‘School of Gerontology’ (SoG) initiative. The SoG is a place where researchers and innovators in education meet and discuss topics related to gerontology. Commencing in 2018, two to three meetings per year are held for and with students of the universities and universities of applied sciences in rotating locations across the country.  A local version of the SoG  is currently ongoing within the degree of Applied Sciences, Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Eindhoven. Students put forward papers or topics for discussion and advise each other on relevant gerontological theories. In addition to the Fontys University of Applied Sciences, the SoG includes students of the Windesheim University of Applied Sciences and the Department of Sociology at the VU University Amsterdam. Initiatives are underway to expand the SoG to include students from Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and the Vitality and Ageing degree at Leiden University. The door is open to other educational institutions to participate. For more information, please contact Eric Schoenmakers, e.schoenmakers@fontys.nl.

Members of the working group: