Bart C. Bongers was born on October 25, 1985 in Geleen, Limburg, the Netherlands.
After completing his higher general secondary education at Sint Maartens College in Maastricht, he started with the study Biometry at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences in Heerlen in 2003 (head: A.E.J. Welter, M.Sc.). In 2007, he acquired his bachelor degree.
Directly hereafter, he started to study Health Sciences at Maastricht University. During the first study year, he also successfully completed a methodological and statistical course at the same institution, by which he was able to start his master Movement Sciences with a specialization in the Biology of Human Performance and Health in 2008 (head: dr. H.H.C.M. Savelberg, M.Sc., Ph.D.). His fascination for clinical exercise physiology was confirmed during his five-month research internship supervised by prof.dr. H. Kuipers, M.D., Ph.D. and dr. E. van Breda, M.Sc., Ph.D. (Department of Movement Sciences, Maastricht University) at the Child Development & Exercise Center (head: prof.dr. P.J.M. Helders, P.T., PCS, M.Sc., Ph.D.) of the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital, University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht.
After graduating with distinction at Maastricht University in 2009, a doctoral program was outlined with dr. T. Takken, M.Sc., Ph.D. in the first months of 2010 at the Child Development & Exercise Center (head: prof.dr. P.J.M. Helders, P.T., PCS, M.Sc., Ph.D., currently: dr. J. van der Net, P.T., PCS, Ph.D.) of the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital, UMC Utrecht. The scientific research he conducted throughout this period is described in his dissertation, entitled “Pediatric exercise testing: in health and disease“. Next to performing research activities, funding from the educational foundation of the UMC Utrecht made it possible that he was trained as a medical physiologist, specialized in clinical exercise physiology, under direct supervision of prof.dr. P.J.M. Helders, M.Sc., Ph.D. and dr. T. Takken, M.Sc., Ph.D. With the gained clinical expertise and his dissertation, he completed his registration as a medical physiologist in December 2013.
At the moment, he continues his scientific research activities as an assistant professor at Maastricht University (Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, department of Nutrition and Movement Sciences and department of Epidemiology) with Prof.dr. N.L.U. van Meeteren. Together with Dr. M.S. Werkman he provides education in exercise physiology and training physiology under the name ExerScience. Next to being a big fan of road cycling, he actively practices this sport himself.