At CHANGE Leiden we value collaboration on national and international scale, and believe that together we can make a difference. Connecting science with society is an integral part of our research platform. Learn more about the connected science projects CHANGE Leiden participates in through consortia and collaboration. 

Dutch National Research Agenda

 - Nationale WetenschapsagendA

Scientists and societal partners throughout the Netherlands are working together on the “NeurolabNL Start Impulse” project: a subsidy that has its basis in the Dutch National Research Agenda. They have three years to conduct the first research projects on applications of neuroscientific knowledge in education and social safety for adolescents.

The Dutch National Research Agenda is the result of almost 12,000 questions posed to science by the Dutch population. In order to answer these questions, in 2017 the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science invited three routes to set up projects on the theme Youth in a Resilient Society. 

NeurolabNL is one of the routes that received a grant of 2.5 million euros to set up research on the themes of “education, safety, health and fundamental research” among adolescents. 

CHANGE Leiden is – amongst multiple other universities, knowledge institutes, and societal partners – involved in three of the four work packages.

 In these work packages, we look at; 

  1. The application of cognitive neuroscience to understand and enhance motivation in school
  2. The effect of bullying on brain development and the effectiveness of anti-bullying programs
  3. Brain development for youth with problematic antisocial behavior. 

The SCARS project is embedded with the NeuroLabNL Start Impulse project.

Social Resilience and Security

As our society grows and becomes increasingly complex, it is critical that we better understand how we can improve societal and personal security, and resilience against threats to our security (for example in the form of transgressive behaviours). Efforts that increase security and resilience not only help reduce the presence of violence in society, but also have the potential to lower educational under-attainment, poor economic outcomes and the burgeoning mental health crisis.

Over the past two decades, knowledge about transgressive behaviours threatening our security have greatly increased, with direct applications in Philosophy, Archaeology, Psychology, Education, Law, Governance, Conflict, and Cooperation. At the same time, transgressive behaviours have largely been studied in relative isolation, according to one disciplinary angle at a time. 

CHANGE Leiden participates in the Social Security and Resilience programme at Leiden University aiming to bring together experts from the Faculties of Archaeology, Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Governance and Global Affairs, and Humanities. Together with a large network of international experts, the programme seeks to better identify, prevent and reduce the causes and consequences of transgressive behaviours in society.  


PROMENTA is a multidisciplinary research center focusing on mental health, drug use and well-being in the general population. The Center is based at the University of Oslo and was established in 2019. 

The causes of mental health problems are many and complex. This is why PROMENTA carries out research on mental health and well-being in a holistic perspective - from genetics and biology to local communities and policy. PROMENTA is particularly concerned with understanding the processes that lead to inequality in mental health and well-being, and in contributing to reducing social inequality in health.

CHANGE Leiden participates in PROMENTA through collaborations with Dr. Christian Tamnes. 

Leiden consortium on Individual Development - L-CID

Most children develop well and find their way into society without many problems, but not all children manage to do so. We know that this difference is related to a combination of the child’s disposition and the environment in which he or she is raised. We want to understand the role of brain development herein, how children’s chances for thriving are determined by their parents, and how we can better guide children’s development.

The Leiden Consortium on Individual Development (L-CID) is an ongoing large-scale longitudinal intervention study in which 500 families with same-sex twins are followed over a six year period. L-CID was initiated at Leiden University and is now a collaborative project between Erasmus University Rotterdam (PI: Eveline Crone), Leiden University (PI: Lara Wierenga) and VU University Amsterdam (PI: Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg).  

L-CID has a cohort-sequential design with two cohorts: an early childhood cohort (ECC), aged 3-4 at wave 1, and a middle childhood cohort (MCC), aged 7-8 at wave 1. Annual assessments consist of alternating lab- or home visits during which behavioral and neurobiological data are collected. We are currently collecting data of the sixth wave of the ECC and the fifth wave of the MCC.

The collected data allows, among others, for testing which child characteristics shape the effect of (manipulated) environmental factors. The aim of L-CID is twofold:

  1. To investigate the development of social competence and behavioral control in children between 3 and 14 years old
  2. To dissect the reason why not all children are equally responsive to variations in the social environment. 

L-CID is part of the National Consortium on Individual Development (CID) which is funded by a ‘Gravity’ grant of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

Our collaborators work at the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences at Erasmus University Rotterdam (Prof. Dr. Eveline Crone, Dr. Michelle Achterberg, Dorien Huijser) and the section Clinical Child and Development Studies at VU University Amsterdam (Prof. dr. Marian Bakermans-Kranenburg, Jana Runze, Laura Kolijn). Prof. dr. Marinus van IJzendoorn is involved as scientific advisor (Cambridge University UK and Erasmus University Rotterdam).

For more information about the project and our open science initiatives, see our project website, for information on the national consortium CID, see national CID website. 



The primary aim of our Research on Individual Antisocial Trajectories (RESIST) is to gain insight into individual developmental trajectories in young adults with a history of antisocial behavior. We do this by studying several underlying psychological and neurobiological mechanisms.

For this project, data will be used from a unique cohort of Dutch individuals who have been arrested by the police before the age of twelve years. This cohort was followed across adolescence and will be investigated again during their current developmental phase, emerging adulthood. During the present time point of the study, we will mainly focus on the neural correlates of self-concept, aggression regulation and vicarious reward learning. Within the project, similar data will be collected within a group of individuals without a history of antisocial behavior. 

We expect to provide a better understanding of the factors that lead some adolescents to persist in and others to resists antisocial trajectories. 

Our collaborators: Eveline Crone and Ilse van de Groep (Erasmus University), Arne Popma & Lucres Nauta-Jansen (VU Medical Centre), Valeria Gazzola & Eus van Someren (Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience – NIN).

This project is supported by an AMMODO grant, awarded to Eveline Crone.

RESIST is also affiliated with the work package of the NeurolabNL Start Impulse project, concerning brain development for youth with problematic antisocial behavior.