Academic Forum

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Academic Forum



  • 12 Sep 201720:00

    Science Café: Good humor, bad taste?
    Humor can bring people together but profoundly divide them as well. What is experienced as hilarious by one person is considered to be completely lacking in taste by another. What exactly is humor and how can these differences be explained? (language: Dutch) Read more

  • 19 Sep 201713:00

    Introducing the Netherlands - A history of the province of Brabant *
    The city of Tilburg is located in the province of North Brabant. Professor Bijsterveld will show how a rich and diverse past of adaptation and flexibility have made North Brabant a strong region in today’s Europe. (language: English) Read more

  • 09 Nov 201714:00

    Human Library: Meet your prejudice *
    Visit the Human Library in Tilburg on Wednesday November 8, 2017. 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

Academic Forum is already busy preparing programs for the coming academic year. From September, we hope to welcome you again at our events.

However, we like to highlight the yearly Night University, on November 16th, 2017, with the theme ‘Back to the Future’: you can experience a preview with Night University On Tour during the TOP week on Tuesday August 22, between 11:00-16:30 at the Leypark, and the Dear Future Festival (formerly: European Social Innovation Week) on September 23-29, 2017.

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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.



For an overview of the events in the past by Academic Forum, see Academic Flashback