The Healthy Brain pillar is one of the strategic pillars of the Nijmegen campus within which professionals of the Radboud University, Radboudumc, HAN and MPI can collaborate and strive to make a societal impact. The Healthy Brain pillar represents as an overarching umbrella to connect the various initiatives and activities that already exist on campus.
The world we live in is changing at a rapid pace. Globalization, digitalization, climate change, pandemics, and geopolitical tensions are giving rise to new challenges and uncertainties. Increasingly complex issues must be approached by working together across disciplines and across sectors. An inter- and transdisciplinary approach is required to enhance our understanding of these so-called wicked problems and boosts trust, support, and the likelihood of innovative solutions.
For example, by connecting the brain and behavioural sciences with the social sciences and humanities, we can begin to ask how to boost resilience to the many stressors in our rapidly changing world. By connecting the brain and behavioural sciences with political and management sciences, we can begin to ask how to mitigate polarization, both at the level of the individual and at the level of society. By connecting the brain and behavioural sciences with public policy and law, we can begin to ask how digital technology should be regulated to uphold and protect our mental capital and wellbeing.
The ultimate objective is to promote the impact of our work on the world around us, thus to begin to address the grand societal challenges we face today and tomorrow. To this end, we must enhance interaction, engagement, and collaboration between various fields. The Healthy Brain provides a platform to showcase our unique strengths and to disseminate our joint discoveries and expertise to interested national and international external stakeholders, including civilians, industry, policy makers and politicians.
Discover some of the ambassadors of Healthy Brain, involved with the various programmes and initiatives.