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Erik Timmermans, PhD studied Human Movement Sciences at the University of Groningen (2006-2011). In 2011, he obtained his Master's degree (cum laude) with a specialization in sport, learning and performance, and he worked as a teaching/research assistant at the Center for Human Movement Sciences of the University Medical Center Groningen. In November 2012, he started as PhD candidate at the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (LASA; at the EMGO+ Institute of the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam. In this position, he worked on the European Project on OSteoArthritis (EPOSA; The EPOSA project studies the personal and societal burden and its determinants of osteoarthritis in the aging European population using data from six population-based cohort studies across Europe. The objective of his PhD project was to obtain more insight into the impact of the outdoor physical environment on daily functioning of older adults with osteoarthritis in six European countries. In May 2017, he obtained his PhD degree. During his PhD-project he obtained an EMGO+ Travel Grant and visited the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit in Southampton, United Kingdom, to collaborate with researchers in the field of epidemiology and rheumatology. Between April 2015 and March 2016, he worked part-time as post-doctoral researcher in the Geoscience and Health Cohort Consortium (GECCO; In this position, he identified and collected exisiting geo-data for six cohort studies within the EMGO+ Institute. GECCO is currently extended to more than 20 cohort studies in the Netherlands. From November 2016 to June 2017 he worked as post-doctoral researcher at the department of Public Health of the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. Currently, he works as post-doctoral researcher at the LASA study. Among other research projects, he participates in GECCO, MINDMAP ( and EPOSA.