Differences in happiness among people; how can we explain them?

Dutch Wednesday lezing

11okt2017 19.00 - 21.00


Dutch Wednesday is an annual series of lectures at the Netherlands Institute in Saint-Petersburg. We invite well known Dutch scientists from various disciplines.

Prof. Dr. Meike Bartels, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Happiness and well-being have emerged as important study subjects within and across many fields of research. A major driving force behind this is the association with physical and mental health and its pivotal role in socioeconomic issues and economic development. With the increased interest in the importance of well-being it is critically important to understand and reveal sources of individual differences.

In this lecture Prof. Dr. Meike Bartels will present her work on happiness and well-being that describe the complex interplay of genetic and environmental factors. She will present the current state of art within the field of behavioral and molecular genetic research into well-being, including twin-family studies and molecular genetic findings. She will furthermore explain the importance of her findings for individuals and the society at large. 

Meike Bartels is Professor “Genen en Geluk” (Genetics and Wellbeing) at the Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam). She has been recognized as one of the University's top researchers, is part of the University Research Chair of the VU and works closely together with the Dutch registry for twins. 

  • Lecture is in English
  • Room for discussion
  • Free entrance
  • Registration is required

Gepubliceerd door  Nederlands Instituut in Sint-Petersburg