February 2021: Eva-Maria has been interviewed for the AABB News magazine on donor motivations!  Read the piece entitled “Understanding blood donor motivations” here!

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February 2021: Caroline gave an Early-Career Researcher talk at the University of Pennsylvannia Norms and Behavioral Change talk series! She presented recent findings regarding the relationship between social norms, incentives and prosocial behavior

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December 2020: Tjeerd’s paper on the effects of donation centers closing on donation behavior will be published in the January edition of Health & Place!

Piersma, T. W., Bekkers, R., Merz, E. M., & de Kort, W. (2021). Altruism in Blood Donation: Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Closing donation centers influences blood donor lapse. Health & Place, Vol. 67, 102495   [link] 

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November 2020: Fresh off the press!

Ramondt, S., Zijlstra, M., Kerkhof, P., & Merz, E. M. (2020). Barriers to blood donation on social media: An analysis of Facebook and Twitter posts. Transfusion, 60(10), 2294-2306. [pdf]

Lead author Steven explains: In this publication we investigate reasons for dissatisfaction of both donors as well as non-donors in Facebook and Twitter messages. We find that donation barriers mentioned in the ever growing social media environment differ from those often found in traditional survey research.

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November 2020: The COVID-19 pandemic has not only disrupted all our lives this year, but has also had consequences for blood operators around the world. Eva-Maria has collaborated with several international researchers to examine blood donation behavior during crisis. A preprint of this research is now available on the Open Science Framework:

Haw, J., Holloway, K., Masser, B., Merz, E. M., & Thorpe, R. (2020). Blood donation and the global COVID-19 pandemic: areas for social science research. [preprint]

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October 2020: Ting Li has joined the team as a PostDoc on the ERC-DONORS project. Welcome Ting!

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October 2020: Marloes Spekman was awarded project funding together with Eva-Maria Merz for their new project Plasma Only Please (POP) and is thus moving from VU Amsterdam to Sanquin research. Congratulations Marloes!

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September 2020: Tjeerd Piersma has successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled “Blood donor careers: A dynamic approach to donating blood” and is now Dr. Piersma — Congratulations Tjeerd!