Academic Forum

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Academic Forum



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

  • 24 Jan 201913:50

    All you need to know about… Human vs Artificial Intelligence *
    What is happening at the forefront of Artificial Intelligence? And how does AI relate to human intelligence? Professor Eric Postma will illustrate his expertise with a look at the future of university-wide education. (language: English) Read more

  • 24 Jan 201917:00

    Poetry Party: Campus Poet 2019
    On the 24th of January 2019 it is Dutch National Poetry Day. It is the perfect occasion to announce the new Campus Poet for 2019 and have a party with music and performances! Come and support the nominees and vote for your favorite candidate! (language: Dutch & English) Read more

  • 25 Jan 201913:00

    Human Library: Meet your prejudice *
    Visit the Human Library in Tilburg on Friday January 25, 2019. 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

  • 31 Jan 201917:00

    All you need to know about… Machiavelli *
    Lecture by professor Randall Lesaffer about Machiavelli. Machiavelli was a 16th century Florentine philosopher known primarily for his political ideas. He has often been called the father of modern political science. (language: English) Read more

  • 01 Feb 201915:30

    Theater en lezingen: Spinoza*
    Theatre company Het Zuidelijk Toneel plays a one-act about Spinoza, about his life, his image of God and his ethics. Only on this date preceded by lectures on Spinoza by philosophers Paul Juffermans and Herman de Regt. (language: Dutch) Read more

  • 20 Feb 201920:00

    The Wonder World of Tears *
    In this full-length show, tears are highlighted from different angles. ‘Tell my why you are crying, and I will tell you who you are.’ Singer-songwriter Oliver Pesch, photographer Maurice Mikkers, and psychologist Ad Vingerhoets combine their personal renditions of well- and lesser-known songs on tears and crying with fascinating facts on this subject, and unfamiliar photographs of tears. (language: English) Read more

  • 19 Mar 201920:00

    Science Café - Zorg om het vrouwenhart *
    Chest pain and tingling in the left arm, the classic symptoms of a heart attack. At least for men. The symptoms in women are often unclear and are often overlooked. Experts also seem to underestimate the risk of stress - particularly in women. What do we know about this? And how can we deal with this better? (language: Dutch) 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 >>

Zwijsen Building

Never a peaceful moment? Visit the Zwijsen Building! This building offers space for contemplation and reflection for students and staff on Tilburg University campus! Opening hours are from 09:00 till 22:30 on every workday, and during weekends from 09:00 till 17:00. Read more >>