After high school Andries started working in the police force. With an interest in nutrition and wanting to know how nutrition influences human health and body he decided to study Nutrition and Health at Wageningen University, with a specialisation in Nutritional Physiology and Health Status. Now he is working at the Knowledge centre sugar & nutrition.
“I did my internship in India, which was a great experience! We did a study with Indian schoolchildren. We wanted to investigate whether an iron rich mung beans diet with or without guava could increase the iron values. Guava is a fruit rich in vitamin C, which increases the iron absorption. My part in the research was to investigate whether this had an influence on growth and morbidity.”
“Immediately after my graduation I started working at the VU University Amsterdam as research assistant. In between two projects at the VU University Amsterdam I have completed a traineeship at the Food and Veterinary Office of the European Commission. During this traineeship I could more or less combine my police background with nutrition. The Food and Veterinary Office is responsible for ensuring that Community legislation on food safety, animal health, plant health and animal welfare is properly implemented and enforced in EU Member States. I lived in Dublin during this traineeship and worked together with people from across the world. During this traineeship I gained very useful experience and have had the best time of my life. Therefore I would recommend such a traineeship to anyone!”
“Currently I am working as manager Nutrition and Health at the Knowledge centre sugar & nutrition. In this job I keep track of the latest knowledge in the field of sugar and nutrition and health, write position papers and decide what kind of research we will support financially. At this moment I am writing a position paper about sugar and addiction.”
“For me it was very clear that I did not want to continue in scientific research, although I think research is particularly interesting. I am more of a people person and therefore I was looking for a job in communication, cooperation or policy. The nice part of my current job is that I am in a position in which I am involved in nutritional research projects, communication and visiting conferences. I work together with different sectors: health professionals such as dieticians, the food industry and research institutes. And of course, sugar is a hot-item at the moment. I enjoy the discussions about sugar and making people become aware of the facts.”
“An important skill that I have learned at Wageningen University is to be able to read, understand and critically look at a scientific article. And actually the whole basis and background on nutrition and health is something I still use very often.”