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Gerine Lodder on short list NewScientist Talent

Published: 15th May 2019 Last updated: 17th May 2019

Developmental psychologist from Tilburg University 'in final' for her research into loneliness among youngsters.

Four Dutch and one Flemish researchers have a chance of becoming the NewScientist Talent 2019. Over the past two weeks, around 8,500 people have voted on a long list of 50 research talents, including three from Tilburg University. Opinion of the jury and the voters resulted in a top five. Gerine Lodder, who works at the Developmental Psychology of TSB, is one of them. She conducts research into loneliness among youngsters.

In the final on May 31 (New Scientist Live in Utrecht, link in Dutch) the five nominees will present their research, after which the jury will announce the winner.

"This election is about the future," according to Jim Jansen, editor-in-chief of New Scientist and jury member. "Not only do the five finalists represent the future of science because of their age, their research also helps shaping the world of tomorrow. Food, nature conservation, loneliness, ethics in biotechnology and coastal protection are all topical research subjects. "

Gerine's research shows that loneliness is a major problem, not only among the elderly but certainly among the young. Unfortunately, there is no universal solution. Where  the one has difficulty handling social skills, the other feels lonely as a result of a negative self-image. Loneliness often leads to problems such as depression and leaving school too early. Gerine's research has led to questions in parliament and an adopted motion that demanded attention for loneliness among young people.

Gerine Lodder: Loneliness among young people