Night University is the annual science festival of Tilburg University.
Night University 2020 canceled
Unfortunately, due to the Corona virus, the organization of Night University is forced to cancel the 2020 edition.
Every year Night University opens the doors of Tilburg University for everyone who is curious about "Tilburg" science and wants to visit the university campus without any hassle. The festival is strongly focused on meeting and experiencing together. The reception of visitors and the spontaneous nature of the event has become very uncertain due to the current Corona measures. This uncertainty, in combination with the necessary preparation time for the organization and all partner organizations, necessitated the decision to cancel.
For the future, we hope we may count on the enthusiasm of all students, employees, partners and the public to make it a great event again. We are confident that we will be back in full glory in October 2021!
Night University 2019: flashback
On October 3rd this year, our vibrant campus hosted a total of 80 presentations, debates, games, tours, workshops, labs and performances. The central theme was ‘Temptations’.
To get an impression of the event, take a look at our aftermovie.
Are you curious about science and society? We hope to see you (again) at next year’s edition of Night University on Thursday, October 1st, 2020!
Highlights from the program
Junior Night University
WORKSHOP - Junior Night University is a program for children from 9 to 14 years old (and their parents). There are mini-lectures and fun workshops. Again, the theme of 'temptations' is central. Discover what science is by doing, admiring, and discovering (language: Dutch).
The temptation to engage in criminal behavior
NIGHT TALK - What is it that causes crime to flourish here the way it does? Mayor of the city of Breda Paul Depla and professor Pieter Tops talk about temptation and undermining crime. (language: Dutch).
The psychology of greed
NIGHT TALK - For greedy people, tempation cannot be big enough. Marcel Zeelenberg gives an overview of recent research into the psychology of greed (language: Dutch).
How to seduce the voter?
WORKSHOP - Voters are happy to buy into the ideas of eloquent politicians. In this workshop you learn the most important principles of rhetoric based on appealing and curious examples.(language: English)
Peter Buwalda on temptations
NIGHT TALK - Author and columnist Peter Buwalda will talk about the temptations of writers, the temptations of writing, and the writer as a tempter (language: Dutch).
Science Slam 2019
NIGHT TALK - Five PhD candidates are battling for the hearts of the audience. You can vote for the most clarifying, creative, and entertaining short scientific talk (language: English).
NIGHT TALK - A look at the glittering world of models, influencers, and their audience. The downside? Trying to look perfect can be addictive... (language: English)
NIGHT TALK - Imagine walking through an aisle at the supermarket. Ioana van Deurzen will explain the temptation of unhealthy behavior from a sociological perspective (language: English).
WORKSHOP - Get a grip on the tactics of alcohol companies, and get introduced to non-alcoholic drinks that can be just as tempting and exciting in this spectacular workshop! (language: Dutch)
Aafke Romeijn ‘writer in residence’
NIGHT TALK & EXPERIENCE - Meet brandnew ‘writer in residence’ Aafke Romeijn. She will talk and perform in the intimate Zwijsenbuilding. (language: Dutch)
Seven Deadly Sins in video games
NIGHT TALK - Theologian Frank Bosman will look into the depiction of the Seven Deadly Sins in popular games like The Binding of Isaac, Darksiders III, and Dante’s Inferno. (language: English)
GO-LAB: Love at first sight
LAB - Is it more advisable to take your date to a high bridge than to a restaurant? Find out about it here! Walk
in all evening. (language: Dutch & English)
Confessing our daily temptations the digital way
NIGHT TALK - Are we sharing more intimate secrets with a chatbot than we do with a human priest? We take a look at a large confession experiment at Lowlands. (language: Dutch)
Smartphone Orchestra: The Social Sorting Experiment
EXPERIENCE - Face-to- Facebooktheater with the audience in the lead. Experience the manipulative power of digital data in this revealing live performance. Come on time, full is full! (language: English & Dutch)
Online customer temptation: Persuasion profiling
NIGHT TALK - Novel insights from behavioral science and data science are actively used to understand, and influence, the online behavior of consumers. In this talk prof. dr. Maurits Kaptein will detail the pervasive practice of persuasion profiling. (language: English)
The temptations of Temptation Island
NIGHT TALK - Why are viewers, participants and tv-makers attracted to the true temptations of Temptation Island? A panel with social scientist Linda Duits and the tempting ‘participant’ Mezdi! (language: Dutch)
SERIOUS GAME - To withstand the temptation of quick change, the constitutional legislature, like Odysseus, has tied itself to a mast. In this experiment, it is up to you! Can you, like Odysseus, resist the temptation? (language: Dutch).
The Dollar Auction
SERIOUS GAME - How does the temptation of money affects our behavior? Are you able to take a loss or do you always want to win, no matter what (language: English)?
Policy on Portrait rights and Privacy
* For students Tilburg University that participate in the Academic Forum Certificate:
if you went to one or more ‘Night Talks’ and registered your attendance at the desk in Cube foyer or the Dante foyer, this will count as one event for your certificate.