ADHD and creativity, ADHDplaza, Labmembers

ADHD world congres 2023 in Amsterdam

May 2023: The world federation of ADHD hosted the ADHD world congres 2023 in Amsterdam this year. The theme of the congres was ‘Modernizing the concept of ADHD’. There were contributions from our group: Lessa Schippers presented at the ERC meeting prior to the congres, Martine presented her work on strengths in ADHD on Friday in the first plenary session of the day and Lessa again presented in the young scientist session (where she won the Young Scientist Award!) on Saturday. It was also great catching up with former PhD-student Zhaomin Wu, who continued investigating ADHD back home in China and displayed her work in Amsterdam. New PhD-student Han was also attending the conference (with the help of the KNAW early career award of Martine) and got overwhelmed with all the ADHD research that is out there. Good inspirations for her and her work on creativity and well-being in the context of ADHD. Hopefully her work will be part of the next meeting, in 2 years in Prague.

The meeting attracted >1400 attendees, among which many colleagues from Nijmegen, collaborators from our (inter)national collaborations such as MocA, IMpACT and ENIGMA-ADHD, and also our your researchers from ADHDplaza. You can imagine how much fun we had, seeing all these familiar faces in one place.


ADHDplaza: preparations for the ADHD lesson at schools

March 2023: To optimaly prepare for our school visits in the context of the ADHDplaza project, we organised a training day for our young researcher who are going to visit the schools to teach about ADHD. VBMO-experts Walter Kamphuis and Inge Trapman had valuable lessons for us as researchers. Nice side effect: we now had a great opportunity to make our first ever ADHDplaza-group picture.

Maart 2023: Om ons goed voor te bereiden op de schoolbezoeken in de context van het ADHDplaza project, organiseerden we een traingingsdag voor de onderzoekers die de scholen gaan bezoeken voor een les over ADHD. VBMO-experts Walter Kamphuis en Inge Trapman hadden belangrijke lessen voor ons over escalatieladders en de verschillende rollen die je als docent op je moet nemen om de les tot een succes te maken. We maakten ook gebruik van de mogelijkheid om de allereerste ADHDplaza groepsfoto te maken…(mogen er nog velen volgen).


ADHDplaza: meet-up with our youth panel and web designer

March 2023: Back in the classroom! We met with our youth panel and the web designer at the Rhedens in Dieren to exchange ideas for our ADHDplaza website. Young people are the target group in the ADHDplaza project. ADHDplaza has the aim to reach out to young peole and to educate them about ADHD. Therefore this session was very valuable. Also; it was kind of nice to be back in a high school setting: brings back memories.

Maart 2023: Terug in de klas! Op het Rhedens te Dieren spraken we met ons ADHDplaza jongeren panel en onze web designer over de ADHDplaza website. Adolescenten zijn onze target groep in het ADHDplaza project waar we proberen om jongeren over ADHD te informeren. De input van ons jongerepanel was heel waardevol! en daarnaast was het best leuk om weer eens op een middelbare school te komen, poeh dat was lang geleden ;-).


ADHDplaza: core team being creative

March 2023: On the 1st of March the ADHDplaza core team (Lessa, Jeanette, Maike & Martine) , met in Eindhoven, for a day of out-of-the-box (office) thinking. We cannot really tell what we were working on, but it is fun, creative and has something to do with ADHDplaza…to be continued.

(with special thanks to the KNAW early career prize, which made this day possible)