Academic Forum

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Academic Forum



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  • 31 May 201813:00

    Our behavioral blueprint *
    Are we our own designers? Our behaviour is being influenced all the time in all kind of ways. We are not always aware of these influences. In this seminar a variety of speakers will talk us through topics concerning behavioral influence. (language: English) Read more

  • 05 Jun 201813:00

    All you need to know about… Arabic Language *
    No language more beautiful than Arabic! Arabist Jan Jaap de Ruiter will explain and convince you why and hopes to convey his enthusiasm to you and to draw you into the mysterious world of Arabic. (language: English) Read more

  • 07 Jun 201814:30

    Managing Gender Identity at the Workplace *
    In this symposium, we will discuss how organizations deal with the ‘gender’ discussion. How do they approach gender within their diversity policy? How does someone who does not fit into the categories of ‘man’ or ‘woman’ view the policy? Is it actually necessary to develop policies around gender? Are all these labels necessary? At the symposium, these questions will be discussed from different perspectives. (language: English) Read more

  • 12 Jun 201820:15

    Science Café XL met Damiaan Denys over (ab)normaliteit *
    Prime-Minister Rutte once urged Geert Wilders to ‘act normal.’ Election programs are written for ‘normal Dutch people.’ There is a lot of attention these days for what is normal. But what actually is ‘normal’ if you get down to it? Children suffering from depression are abnormal. Children looking at screens five hours a day are considered normal. Where is the dividing line between normal and abnormal? How do you determine who is normal and who is not? Psychiatrist and philosopher Damiaan Denys provides clarity on this in this XL edition of Tilburg Science Café. (language: Dutch) Read more

  • 13 Jun 201813:00

    All you need to know about… Predicting the World Champion! *
    Wanna bet? Based on statistics, economist Dr. Martin van Tuijl will explain how you can predict the winner of the 2018 FIFA World Cup! (language: English) Read more

  • 26 Jun 201812:45

    Visual Thinking Strategies: Gadamer’s filosofie ‘Kennis doet pijn’ *
    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 final workshop, the painful process of releasing old certainties in the scientific process is specifically discussed. We also consider the impossibility of really getting to know the truth, however much we do our best. (language: Dutch) Read more

  • 28 Jun 201816:30

    Resilience after Terrorism: Laura’s Story *
    On 19 August 2003, terrorism entered Laura Dolci’s life when her husband was killed, along with 21 of his colleagues, in a suicide attack against the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad. Employed at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Laura has recently spent a sabbatical semester researching and writing on terrorism victimization. Laura Dolci shares the findings of her work and book, which combines personal narrative with academic research. (language: English) Read more

  • 04 Oct 2018

    Night University 2018
    Night University is thé festival on the campus of Tilburg University. During this fun event on October 4, the university brings science and society together because science is for everyone! Read more

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 >>