Technological innovations are essential in the transition to a resilient, safe and sustainable future. Last month the Federation of Dutch technical research universities (4TU) organized the Techrede which was a call for innovation, action and cooperation to address the pressing challenges the world faces. The DEAN* online world tour continues with three global virtual events highlighting unique changemakers among our TU researchers who are addressing this call by transforming healthcare, energy and food production.
During three special interactive gatherings you will have a chance to learn more about what your universities are doing to change our lives not only tomorrow but today while exploring the roles we can all play in realizing a better future. Join an event to also meet fellow alumni from DEAN communities in Canada, France, Germany, the Nordics, Spain, Switzerland, and the USA.
Each interactive evening includes brief updates from the universities, followed by a short 15 minute talk by the speaker along with a Q&A session. Per tradition, gatherings conclude with a virtual borrel where you, fellow alumni as well as TU researchers linked to the evening’s topic will be mixed to maximize interactions and stimulate conversations! Make sure to also bring some snacks and drinks.
>> Thursday December 10th 2020, 17.00-18:30 (CET)
Countering climate change through behavior!
Gerdien de Vries (TU Delft)
The world is heading towards a new future, with different technologies which people have to get used to. Some innovations may be similar to things we already know while others may be drastically different as in the case of bicycles, e-bikes and the hyperloop. New behavior is hardest to adopt when it involves breaking old habits and researchers from the TU Delft Energy Transition Lab are exploring ways how our human nature can increase the (short-term and long-term) effectiveness of energy-transition policies. Lab Director Gerdien de Vries will share more details about their work as well as the science behind ‘nudges’.
What can you expect?
These events follow similar virtual gatherings hosted earlier this year for alumni in the Nordics, Spain, France, Germany, East USA/Canada & West USA/Canada. Here are some comments from participants:
“I thoroughly enjoyed participating, getting to meet others in my area, and meeting everyone else from across the eastern-half of North America and NL! It was a great escape from current times with stay-at-home orders, and not being able to travel. I look forward to participating again in the future”
"Thanks very much. It was a very good experience to be able to link up with a group of people with the same background, same interest in France. Hope we will have more often such an opportunity! The event was well organised, dynamic and participative."
Join the event
>> To attend please register via this link <<
Please note that we have a maximum capacity for this activity – if necessary a waiting list will be created.
If you are unable to participate but would still like to stay up to date of the events in your country please also use the registration form.
* The Dutch Engineers Alumni Network of UTwente, TU Delft, TU Eindhoven, and Wageningen University & Research launched its activities in 2014 and now has active communities in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Nordics, Spain, Switzerland and the USA.