Academic Forum organizes symposia, debates and small-scale exchanges focusing on scientific, social and ideological issues.
The agenda below is continuously updated with upcoming events.
For an overview of past events, see Facebook.
12:45 - 14:30
Who’s afraid of Art? - Perception in videogames*
This edition of Who's Afraid of Art? will be all about gaming and our perceptual experience. We will discover more about this through an interesting workshops by Nathan Wildman and Nele Van de Mosselaer. Of course, we’ll also be playing some videogames! (language: English)
20:00 - 22:00
Mens, Übermensch, Androïde*
Who is man? How do we change society under the influence of robotization? Can robots be 'human'? Philosopher Martine Prange tackles these questions with the help of, among others, Friedrich Nietzsche. (language Dutch)
20:00 - 21:30
Open Stage Night Tilburg
Come to the début edition of the Open Stage Night Tilburg and share your talent with us! Singing, music, poetry, stand-up comedy: everybody is welcome to take the stage. Entrance is open en free for everybody. Please refer to Ingemarie Sam in case you want to perform. (language: English & Dutch)
13:00 - 14:00
All you need to know about... Boris Johnson*
Boris Johnson has become the new British Prime Minister. How did he manage to do that? Was it charisma, the new political reality, or could he simply not be stopped, not even by himself? And what kind of PM is Boris? (language: English)
20:00 - 22:30
Science Café: Sleutelen aan genen*
What are the limits of genetics? Only gene therapy to treat hereditary diseases, or possibly also create a child completely according to your wishes? Rob Hoeben and Michelle Habets talk about the current possibilities and consider the ethical dilemmas. (language Dutch)
16:00 - 17:30
How to survive in Academia*
Life as a scientist is not easy. The workload and mental problems among scientists are increasing. Working within the so-called publish-or-perish culture can be stressful. How can you become happy and worry-free again? (language: English)
19:15 - 21:00
Julian Baggini on Brain and Free Will*
Do we have free will? Contemporary thinking (We are our Brains) tells us that free will is an illusion. British philosopher Baggini challenges this position, providing instead a new, more positive understanding of our sense of personal freedom. (language: English)
20:00 - 22:30
Hartslagcafé: Vertrouwen in de Journalistiek*
Hartslagcafé with Bart Brouwers, professor of Journalism; Eric Smit, editor-in-chief Follow the Money; and Peter Achterberg, professor of Sociology. (Language: Dutch)
19:15 - 21:30
The Dark Appeal of Narcissism*
A narcissist is selfish, vain, and a glutton for attention. Yet we are often attracted to them and even support them as leaders (Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, etc). In this symposium we will explore narcissism in all its appearances. (language: English)
19:00 - 01:00
Night University is the free science festival of Tilburg University.
The upcoming edition of Night University will take place on Thursday evening, October 3rd, 2019: save the date! (language: English & Dutch)
15:00 - 18:00
The Big Do-it-Yourself Publishing Event*
Some rogues and rebels among our scientists decided to make a radical move towards ‘Open Science’ and ‘Open Access’. What can we learn from them? (language: English)
16:00 - 17:45
Meet the Millennials*
Creator Lucas de Man takes you on a fascinating trip through six megacities in Asia. During this performance you meet dedicated millennials, of both Europe and Asia, sharing the futuristic challenges of a rapidly changing and sometimes terrifying world. (language: English)
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