Janine Stubbe, lecturer in Performing Arts Medicine at Codarts Rotterdam, is one of two winners of the third edition of the Delta Premium, the leading award for practice-based research at universities of applied sciences. The prize includes a 500,000 euro premium for her groundbreaking research into the physical and mental health of performing artists, among others.
Reint Jan Renes, lecturer in Psychology for a Sustainable City at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, is the other winner of the Delta Premium 2023.
Fine words from outgoing minister Robbert Dijkgraaf
Outgoing Minister of Education, Culture and Science Robbert Dijkgraaf congratulated the winners. Dijkgraaf: "The physical and mental well-being of young people and stimulating climate-friendly choices in everyday life are not only two subjects that are relevant to the societal challenges ahead, but are also very close to my personal heart. Really great examples of practice-based research that look beyond the boundaries of the field and with which we can move forward together."
The premium, an initiative of Taskforce for Applied Research SIA and the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Science, recognizes the valuable contribution that professors make to society with their research groups. Delta Prize winners pre-eminently show where practice and research come together in an innovative and impactful way. With results that affect society.
Improving performance and preventing injuries in performing artists and athletes, among others
Janine Stubbe is a true ambassador for practice-based research, according to the selection committee. Stubbe has set up a national research and knowledge infrastructure for performing medicine and is thus at the forefront of a new field. Her research focuses on the physical and mental health of students, dancers, musicians, circus artists and athletes in order to prevent health problems and improve performance. Over 2,000 performing arts organizations use its health monitor, one of the results of its research. With this monitor, performing arts organizations gain insight into the extent, nature and risk factors of injuries and mental complaints.
Despite her very specific field of research, Stubbes' impact is enormous because she seeks connections with other sectors. For example, she developed an application to monitor the well-being of MBO (secondary professional education) and HBO (higher professional education) students and delivered an innovative electronic patient file for physiotherapists.
Stubbe: "Winning the Delta Premium confirms that we excel in guiding excellent students in dance, music, circus and sports. With this award, Codarts can maintain and even further expand its international leading position in injury prevention, performing under pressure and student welfare."
Independent selection committee
An independent selection committee selected both winners. This committee consisted of six experts led by Eppo Bruins, Chairman Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (AWTI).