Academic Forum

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Academic Forum



  • 18 Mar 201814:00

    Het Grote Tilburgse Lijsttrekkersdebat
    Debate by the party leaders of all fourteen parties participating in the Tilburg city council election. Read more

  • 20 Mar 201812:45

    Visual Thinking Strategies: The thinking eye and the social brain *
    How best to deal with complex situations? Close observation, critical thinking, and presenting a well-argued point of view are skills that you can use to good effect throughout your life. The series of four Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) seminars offered by Academic Forum enable you to practice these skills. In this first seminar of four, neuropsychologist Janneke van Leeuwen tells about her PhD research on how visual observation and social behavior are connected to each other in the brain. (language: English) Read more

  • 20 Mar 201816:00

    Last Lecture – Dealing with diversity: A 40-years journey *
    In his lecture Fons van de Vijver will focus on ethnic diversity from the realistic perspective that diversity is a given state of things. Studying the difference why some companies and countries are better able to use diversity is the relevant issue here. So, can a diversity climate enhance the well-being and learning results of students? (language: English) Read more

  • 20 Mar 201820:00

    Science Café: Hoe aanvaarden we vernieuwing? *
    No progress without innovation. However, innovation is not always followed by acceptance: numerous clever inventions never became successful, simply because people refused to adopt them. Josine Blok (Utrecht University) on the human aspect of innovation.(language: Dutch) Read more

  • 27 Mar 201813:00

    All you need to know about… Bitcoin *
    If you had invested 8 euros in July 2010 you would now be a millionaire. Why is it that bitcoin is worth so much? And what’s the reason everyone is so hyped about this digital form of money? This is your chance to learn all you need to know! (language: English) Read more

  • 05 Apr 201816:45

    Lucas De Man: Freedom in the era of algorithms *
    Actor and artistic director Lucas De Man wonders how free we want to be. In a world where algorithms are increasingly taking over from humans, we seem to have no problem giving up our liberties. Is free will dead? Are we tired of freedom? Or is becoming part of a large connected whole the ultimate freedom? (language: English) Read more

  • 09 Apr 201815:45

    The battle: SAM vs Front
    Who will win? On Monday April 9th, one week before the start of the University Council elections, all student parties will be going up against each other in the Tilburg University Election Debate. (language: English) Read more

  • 09 Apr 201818:30

    The Road Symposium 2018
    The Road offers a diverse, interesting and inspiring program for students, student-entrepreneurs and others interested with a passion for entrepreneurship. The symposium is an opportunity for people who want to learn more about what entrepreneurship is and what it means in practice. (language: Dutch) Read more

  • 11 Apr 201814:30

    Human Library: Meet your prejudice *
    Visit the Human Library in Tilburg on Wednesday April 11, 2018. Instead of a book, you can borrow a 'person' and hear their life story. There will be many different 'books' whom you can talk to, such as refugees, an orphan, a transsexual, people with a handicap or people who have a peculiar lifestyle. The Human Library aims to take away prejudices and stimulate social cohesion. (language: Dutch & English) Read more

  • 12 Apr 201820:00

    Hartslagcafé: Macht & Verbeelding *
    Femke Halsema investigates whether imaginative perspectives can be reconciled with political practice. With a response by Professor of Comparative Literature Odile Heynders. (language: Dutch) Read more

  • 20 Apr 201809:30

    Tilburg Model United Nations: Uniting a Divided World
    You want to sharpen your skills on public speaking, critical thinking and negotiating? Register for Model United Nations (MUN) Tilburg on 20 and 21 April! MUN is a simulation of a UN-committee session. You take the role of a delegate representing a country, and adopt ‘your’ country’s position on a predetermined issue and defend this position in a debate. (language: English) Read more

  • 08 May 201820:00

    Science Café: Resistance to infections *
    Our immune system protects us against all kinds of infections. Mihai Netea (Radboud University Nijmegen) explains how he tries to evolve immune cells to protect us even more effectively against dangerous diseases. This evening, he will explain how he trains immune cells to do an even better job. (language: Dutch) Read more

  • 04 Oct 2018

    Night University 2018

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Academic Forum

Academic Forum organizes symposia, debates and small-scale exchanges focusing on scientific, social and ideological issues. The themes of these gatherings are related to four domains: 'Ethics of science', 'Reflection on life', 'Science & society' and 'Cultural diversity'. Exchanging knowledge, sharing perspectives, questioning and challenging each other, lead us to better and new knowledge. As a university with Understanding Society as its motto, the debate with staff, students and society is essential.

Furthermore, Academic Forum acts as a sparring partner and advisor, in particular where it concerns issues at the interface of values and science. Not only are we active on campus, we also promote the academic climate in the city and exploit knowledge and expertise in the region. Read more >>