In this podcast series, we embark on a journey to the year 2030 together with host Anic van Damme to explore professions that are now slowly starting to take shape or don’t yet exist at all.
Scientists of the University of Twente outline the future of their field of expertise, varying from cybersecurity, climate adaptation, and the energy transition. These bright minds construct the most intriguing jobs you may be recruiting for in the not-so-distant future.
Episode 1: The Human-Machine Interaction Expert
Starting this series from the Human Resource Management Department, professor Tanya Bondarouk explains what role Artificial Intelligence will play in HR in the year 2030. In the future HR-team that Bondarouk is composing, we need an expert between people management and IT. This team is accommodating both humans and social robots.
Being a Human-Machine Interaction Expert, how do you deal with challenges like ethics? How will you contribute to keeping the human angle a top priority with the upcoming hunger for data?
When it comes to assessing employees, professor Mark van der Meijde and educational advisor Anne Muller describe how they are working on an innovative HR tool that ensures that impact will be equally rewarded as research.
Episode 2: The Hypothesis Extractor
How can scientists and citizens together take research to the next level? One of the pioneers in Citizen Science, Gaston Remmers, looks at data obtained by ordinary people as a major catalyst for a brand new approach to the innovation of healthcare.
Data from patients as a starting point to build your hypothesis can lead to discoveries that are so profound that they will change entire conceptions of disease. That’s why in the year 2030 Remmers says that we need a person to analyze and interpret this data. What knowledge should you have and what are the challenges in this future profession?
In the TOPFIT Citizenlab at the University of Twente, researcher Ria Wolkorte is developing this new type of research. She works together with co-researchers experiencing rheumatoid arthritis. How can a Hypothesis Extractor contribute to this innovative approach?
Episode 3: The Competence Broker
How can a profession like teaching, which is as old as humanity, reinvent itself in the future?
Koen de Pryck, head of the Center of Expertise in Learning and Teaching outlines the innovation of education for the year 2030. Challenged-Based Learning is one of the pillars shaping future education. Where a teacher and even a university itself will become a Competence Broker, always on the lookout to add value to contribute to the learning process.
De Pryck explains how wicked problems must be tackled with multidisciplinary teams.
University of Twente’s Teacher of the Year award winner, Anne Leferink implements this concept in her courses and describes what needs to be sorted out in the years to come to fully benefit from Challenge-Based Learning.
Episode 4: The Data Security Detangler
Jaya Baloo is one of the most influential people in the field of cybersecurity. She explains how the skein of digital infrastructure combined with the never-ending overload of data leads to a network where cyber threats are a vast reality.
Baloo lays out that there is a need for a specialist to disentangle this mess in order to minimize the time between detection and response of vulnerabilities. The demand for this profession will have increased dramatically by the year 2030.
Often attackers use social engineering to gain entrance to our most valuable data. Researcher Jan-Willem Bullee explains what tactics attackers use and how we can train our own information awareness.
Episode 5: The Battery Materials Sourcing Engineer
The need for radically different usage of our planet's resources has never been so high. There is an increasing demand for electricity in the years to come. We need innovative ways to store that energy to take it out whenever and wherever we need it.
Professor in nanomaterials for Energy Conversion and Storage, Mark Huijben elaborates on the development of next-level batteries. Not only having optimal performance but also being more sustainable. That begins with the design of a battery. Also, the materials being used make a huge difference in their recyclability.
Gerwin Hoogsteen, a researcher on energy management for smart grids, surprises us with a creative perspective on energy usage and storage. He takes us to the year 2030 where energy is stored locally, in self-driving cars that drive to places with energy overload and take it to the place where you need it: your home. What hurdles do we need to take to make this a reality?
Episode 6: The Local Cooling Connector
The biggest global challenge that we have requires local solutions.
Global warming is one of the biggest threats to human health. It is a matter of life and death for many people worldwide. There is a demand for scientific knowledge like almost never before in any field of science. That knowledge should be implemented in the right place with the right parties at the table to make the most impact. That is exactly what the future profession of a Local Colling Connector is all about.
Professor of climate and disaster resilience and lead author of the latest IPCC assessment on climate change Maarten van Aalst points out the risks of heat for societies and specifically our own country. We take a stroll through the Schilderswijk in The Hague with Anne-Marie Hitipeuw. She works for the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water. When it comes to the impact of increasing heat, in what ways can you cool down a hotspot like this?