get inspired!

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speakers over breakfast. All fired up, you can then get started on the morning session of your course for the day.

Ed Brinksma, Rector University of Twente

15 August

Ed Brinksma  studied Mathematics at the University of Groningen and obtained his doctorate in computer science at the University of Twente in 1988.One of his main policy objectives has been and continues to be the reformation of the university education system for the future challenges of academic education.

Laura Weiss, positive psychology researcher

16 August

Laura Weiss is a researcher in the field of positive psychology. Her passion is to help others find their own passion! She examines how vulnerable groups can become happier by finding a passion and act on it. In her presentation, she will give an overview of what scientists know about happiness and how to improve it.

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David Abbink, Associate Professor  Mechanical Engineering (Delft)

17 August

David's research interest is the understanding of humans, especially when they’re interacting with mechanical devices such as cars, planes or robots. As one of our inspirational speakers David will tell you more about the interaction between humans and machines. Do you want to know more? Check out his research!

Ruben M. Wegman, CEO @ NEDAP

date TO be announced

Mr. Ruben M. Wegman is the CEO of NEDAP since May 2009 and serves as its Head of Security Management. NEDAP has subsidiaries in Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Spain, and has been quoted on the Euronext exchange since 1947.

Mission: Moving markets with technology that matters. Technology creates added value through products that solve relevant problems. But it’s not the technology that is paramount…it’s the way that people use it. Therefore, NEDAP strives to incorporate the very latest technologies in creative, innovative ways. The result? Relevant, elegant and user-friendly solutions.

Ionica Smeets - Science journalist

19 August

Ionica Smeets is a mathematician and science journalist with a passion for bringing science closer to the general public.

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Luk Dewulf, speaker and author

21 August

Luk tells us in an inspiring manner about looking at our talents and strengths and how use them. And how should you deal with your weaknesses?

Greg Shapiro - Comedian

22 August

Greg Shapiro - ‘The American Netherlander’- is known for his work with Boom Chicago, Comedy Central and VARA HumorTV. Greg will brighten op your day on 22 August at CuriousU!

Shapiro doesn't rely on clichés. He digs deeper... surprising and fun for a wide audience."comedy.com

Watch the below video to get an idea of Greg's adventures as an American in the Netherlands! You can also check out his YouTube channel for more of his videos.

We will add more speakers to our lineup soon...