Academic Forum

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Academic Forum



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  • 20 Nov 201819:30

    Warandelezing 2018: Ed Nijpels over het Klimaatakkoord *
    Ed Nijpels, former Dutch Minister of Environment and the driving force behind the “climate tables”, will provide an inside look into the negotiations on the Dutch fight against climate change. (language: Dutch) Read more

  • 20 Nov 201820:00

    Science Café - Waar zijn de insecten? *
    Last year, ecologists sounded the alarm about the dramatic decline in insect populations. What is the cause? How bad is it and what can we do about it? With researchers Hans de Kroon (Radboud University) and Marcel Dicke (Wageningen University). (language: English) Read more

  • 28 Nov 201816:30

    All you need to know about… Kant & Michael Douglas's self-pity *
    It appears that when you act based on of bad information, you can be morally excused. Does that mean we never have to take responsibility for our actions because at some level we are always victims too? With a look at the movie Falling Down, philosopher prof. Wim Dubbink calls upon Immanuel Kant for insight. (language: English) Read more

  • 29 Nov 201814:45

    Girardlezing 2018: Johan Graafland over eigenbelang, marktwerking en… deugden! *
    After the economic crisis, there has been more interest in the role of virtue ethics in economics. This has also increased the interest in Adam Smith, the father of modern economics, who already identified the importance of virtue in a commercial society. If market forces have free play, it is necessary that important economic actors show such virtues as honesty and moderation, in order for the economic process to serve human well-being. Lack of these virtues can give rise, for instance, to such practices as misuse of accounts for money laundering at ING bank. (language: Dutch) Read more

  • 06 Dec 201816:00

    Last Lecture – Ad Vingerhoets On Crying *
    Ad Vingerhoets has devoted his scientific life to finding explanations for the relation between stress and illness. In his lecture he will present a selection of his most favorite models and discoveries clarifying this relationship. And as a researcher who spent more than 20 years studying when and why we cry, he will not resist the temptation to devote some time to debunk some popular myths about the relationship between crying and health. (language: English) Read more

  • 11 Dec 201815:30

    Open science: Paywall
    Screening of ‘Paywall: The Business of Scholarship’. Did you know that commercial publishers of scientific work are making profits up to 40%?! Afterwards a dicussion led by prof. Peter Achterberg on the pros and cons of open access publishing. (language: English) Read more

  • 18 Dec 201816:00

    Willem Witteveenlezing door Tom-Jan Meeus *
    The Willem Witteveen Lecture is dedicated to Professor Willem Witteveen of Tilburg Law School who, together with his wife and daughter, died as a result of the attack on flight MH17. Tilburg University wants to remember his ideas, which are formed by a humanist and academic tradition and a keen sense of justice, by organizing the Willem Witteveen Lecture every year. (language: Dutch) Read more

  • 24 Jan 201917:00

    Campus Poet Election & Poetry Party
    Are you the new Campus Poet? On Thursday January 24, Tilburg University will choose its Campus Poet 2019! Are you a student or staff member and do want to poetically comment on life on campus with your poetry for a whole year? Then sign up for the Campus Poet Election 2019! Read more

  • 25 Jan 201914:00

    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

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 >>