Prof Hans de Ridder holds a Ph.D. in Human Movement Science with specialisation in Kinanthropometry.
He is currently the only Level 4 accredited “Criterion Anthropometrist” in Africa and one of only a few in the world. Level 4 is the highest international qualification which can be awarded to an anthropometrist.
His role as a level 4 anthropometrist on the African continent is crucial to ensure quality research in the field. Anthropometry is a very important academic discipline which involves the use of anthropometric measures in relation to other scientific parameters and/or thematic areas such as physiology, sport science, and applied health sciences.
Since 1998 Prof de Ridder has presented a total of 44 courses in Africa and trained more than a thousand people as anthropometrists who currently are using these skills in many different research projects all over the African continent.
For the past 2 years he has filled the portfolio of President of the “International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry” (ISAK), with a member corps stretching across more than 40 countries worldwide.
The SA Academy for Science and Art honoured Prof de Ridder in 2002 and again in 2011 when the Stals Award for ‘exceptional contribution to science’ (2002) and the Albert Strating Award for ‘preventative medicine’ (2011) was awarded to him.
De Ridder also reached a milestone in his research career, when his 50th post graduate student graduated in 2010. Currently, a total of 55 students have completed their masters or doctoral studies under Prof de Ridder’s guidance.
His most valuable research outputs in the last 10 years are his research with regard to child obesity and the role that physical activity plays to fight overweight and obesity in these children.
Prof de Ridder is an active researcher in addition to his teaching duties and his duties as director of the School of Biokinetics, Recreation and Sport Science (BRS) at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University in South Africa. Over the course of a number of years he has helped to create a research culture in the School of BRS and in 2008 he was appointed the first coordinator of the newly formed PhASRec Niche for research, which has since become a Focus Area with Prof Hanlie Moss as the director.