Rienk Dekker is working as a consultant in rehabilitation medicine in the UMCG since 1996. In the field of scientific research, education and patient care he focuses on physical activity, sports and rehabilitation. As a principal investigator and rehabilitation physician he aims to implement the principles of an active life style in preferably all rehabilitation treatments as a means to enhance the outcome of the rehabilitation process. For that purpose, in close collaboration with a number of (research) partners, he is committed to develop several initiatives. Starting up a network of rehabilitation physicians working in the field of exercise, developing protocols for enhancing physical fitness, defining performance indicators, delivering presentations on the topic and setting up specific training options for personnel and developing a big data system (“Rehab Lines”) are some examples of these initiatives. Rienk Dekker will give his inaugural speech in the Academiegebouw in Groningen on April 7th, 2020.