Academic Forum organizes symposia, debates and small-scale exchanges focusing on scientific, social and philosophical issues.
The agenda below is continuously updated with upcoming events.
For an overview of past events, see Facebook.
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? Admission is free, but registration is required. (language: English)
20:00 - 22:15
Hartslagcafé: De Wetteloosheid van het Internet*
Withdrawn from view, there are developments on the internet, the impact of which is hard to comprehend. Investigative journalist Huib Modderkolk reports on the shadow sides of the internet in the Hartslagcafé. (Language: Dutch)
09:30 - 19:00
De Dag van Werken en Leren (DDWL)
Op vrijdag 25 oktober organiseert Tilburg University, samen met Bibliotheek Midden-Brabant en Omroep Brabant De Dag van Werken & Leren in de LocHal in Tilburg.
13:00 - 14:15
All you need to know about … India, Country of the Future*
Stoelinga, the Dutch ambassador to India from 2012 to 2018, will introduce India to those not very familiar with the country. He witnessed the country’s rapid modernization and noticed that the country is barely on the radar here. (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)
19:15 - 22:00
What is the future of money? People are paying by card more and more often. Does this mean there will be a cashless future? During this symposium, you will learn about both the psychological and the economic aspects of this topic. (language: English)
13:30 - 14:30
Gorbachev, the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union*
Thirty years ago, a series of revolutions resulted in the fall of the Berlin Wall. At the hearts of this turmoil stood Michael Gorbachev. In this lecture Randall Lesaffer will try to make sense of Gorbachev’s vision and policies. (language: English)
19:30 - 21:00
Warandelezing 2019: Koos Biesmeijer over Biodiversiteit*
Research warns that loss of biodiversity poses a threat to human life. World-wide and also in the Netherlands, large numbers of species are becoming extinct. How can we turn the tide? Koos Biesmeijer is at the center of a network of social partners and companies working on the restoration of biodiversity. (Language: Dutch)
19:30 - 21:00
Witteveenlezing door Caroline de Gruyter*
At a national as well as a European level, the pressure on the rule of law has increased. In the fifth Willem Witteveen Lecture, Europe correspondent Caroline de Gruyter analyses the power and resilience of the European Union as a community based on the rule of law. (Language: Dutch)
13:00 - 14:00
All you need to know about... star author Michel Houellebecq*
Introduction to the literary work of star author Michel Houellebecq by professor Odile Heynders. What is the meaning of his work for the public debate? What can be said about the controversies about the person of Michel Houellebecq? (language: English)
20:00 - 22:30
Science Café: Het briljante babybrein*
From the moment a baby is born, it is overwhelmed with new impressions. The way a baby perceives the world is hard to imagine for an adult. How does a baby see its environment? What does he understand about what is happening around him? And what is the best environment for a baby to grow into? (language Dutch)
11:00 - 12:30
Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award*
Event dedicated to International Human Rights Day. Key note about the current challenges for international criminal justice by Christine van den Wyngaert, Judge at the International Criminal Court. Followed by the presentation of the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award. Admission free, registration required. (language: English)
Students and associations at Tilburg University can apply for subsidy for activities that are educational in the field of science and society ('Understanding Society').