Academic Forum

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Academic Forum



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The agenda below is continuously updated (upcoming events are posted online approximately 4 weeks in advance).


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The lectures, debates and events are freely accessible to everyone, unless otherwise stated.

  • 29 Mar 201913:30

    Thinking outside the gender box*
    The purpose of this short symposium is to discuss and challenge our general tendency to think about gender identity in dichotomies – either male or female – rather than embracing all the different ways in which people identify with regard to gender. (language: English) Read more

  • 02 Apr 201913:00

    All you need to know about… Free Money*
    What if the state covered your cost of living, would you still want to work? Sociologist Femke Roosma will explain the ethical dimensions and the political and public support for a universal basic income, and guides us through current examples of ‘basic income experiments’. (language: English) Read more

  • 04 Apr 201914:00

    Dilemmas in Higher Education*
    Educational institutes and policy makers are often confronted with conflicts that pose dilemmas. This conference will bring together leading academic scholars, researchers, guidance counsellors and students from around the country to discuss some of the most common challenges in education. (language: English) Read more

  • 09 Apr 201915:30

    The future of online dating*
    Gotta match ‘em all! Half of all young adults is using dating apps like Tinder, Happn, or Badoo. Also other love markets are flourishing because of the easy match of supply and demand. During this symposium, the secrets of online dating will be revealed and the impact on you and your love life will be explained! (language: English) Read more

  • 10 Apr 201913:00

    Debatable: Brexit, an academic catastrophe?*
    The UK’s departure from the EU will inevitably have an impact on European higher education and research. How do universities prepare for a -deal or no deal- Brexit? What consequences may it have for students and staff? Is a Brexit a academic catastrophe? (language: English) Read more

  • 11 Apr 201920:00

    Hartslagcafé: Vrijheidscollege Sinan Can*
    With his views of the Middle East, Dutch-Turkish documentary maker and investigative journalist Sinan Can explores the meaning of freedom and democracy. How lucky should we consider ourselves in Europe when compared to life under a dictatorship? (language: Dutch) Read more

  • 17 Apr 201916:00

    The battle: SAM vs Front*
    Who will win? On Wednesday April 17th, a few days 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

  • 07 May 201920:00

    Science Café - Wij tegen het water*
    The battle against the water is considered to be a typically Dutch phenomenon. Today, this struggle is more topical than ever. The question is not whether the Netherlands might be flooded, but when. In this lecture, Lotte Jensen will discuss the relationship between our national pride and identity and the battle against the water. (language: Dutch) Read more

  • 04 Jun 201920:15

    SCT XL - Ewine van Dishoeck: Op zoek naar de bouwstenen voor leven tussen de sterren*
    What can we learn from measurements in space? How did life originate, here on Earth and maybe on other planets? Molecular Astrophysics Professor Ewine van Dishoeck from Leiden University, winner of the prestigious Kavli Prize 2018, will discuss this ultimate question during the annual Science Café XL. (language: Dutch) Read more

This agenda is continuously updated (upcoming events are posted online approximately 4 weeks in advance).

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 >>

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