NeuroLabNL is the academic workplace for brain, cognitive and behavioral research. A workplace, because professionals from universities, colleges, knowledge institutes and societal organizations work together on research and knowledge dissemination about the brain, cognition and behavior.

NeuroLabNL is an initiative that originated from the Dutch National Research Agenda. The Dutch National Research Agenda was created based on 12,000 question to science posed by Dutch citizens. These 12,000 questions were then clustered into 140 sub-questions. NeuroLabNL has the goal to answer the questions on the functioning of the brain, cognition and behavior. Scientists from all over the Netherlands have together composed 4 agendas, focusing on the themes Education, Safety, Health and Fundamental. These agendas are complementary and form the basis for the most important focus points for neuroscientific research in the Netherlands. In collaboration with universities of applied sciences, knowledge institutes and societal partners, we carry out these studies in the coming years and put the current knowledge directly to use in practice.

The figureheads responsible for steering this workplace are Prof. Dr. Maaike Kemps (Leiden Universiteit, Nederlands Instituut voor Forensische Psychiatrie en psychologie), Prof. Dr. Willem Jan Kop (Tilburg University) Prof. Dr. Lydia Krabbendam (Vrije Universiteit) and Prof. Dr. Richard van Wezel (Universiteit Twente and Radboud University Nijmegen), in collaboration with Dr. Rob Heinsbroek (NWO), Wessel Hieselaar  and Jelte Wouda.

As program coordinators for NeuroLabNL, Loes Ottink (Radboud University) and Dr. Julia Henrich (Leiden University) organise events for the route as a whole and support the task force and figureheads with management. For the Start Impulse, program coordinator dr. Annelinde Vandenbroucke (Leiden University) responsible for the daily management of the research projects, the outreach to society and contacts with societal partners. The knowledge transfer through blogs is provided by dr. Jiska Pepper (Leiden University | Science2share).

Below you can view the NeuroLabNL introductory movie (click ‘cc’ for English subtitels).