This year the University of Twente celebrates its 60th anniversary! During the week in the run-up to the Dies Natalis (the actual birthday) the UT treats you to a programme packed with inspiration. During this week, speakers of national and international fame will talk about their fields of expertise. Everybody is welcome at these free events: students, non-students, people from Twente and beyond. Find the whole programme below. In cooperation with the Honours Programme and Ockham.

Get inspired and visit the Week of Inspiration 2021!

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2021
Nov 21
22-11 12:30 Marion Koopmans on the origin of COVID-19

The world is still shaken by the corona pandemic which started in China nearly two years ago. Suddenly, we all realized human life is fragile. People all over the world, rich and poor alike, became ill or died because of a mysterious virus. The social, psychological and economical effects will linger on for years. Prof. dr. Marion Koopmans investigated the origin of the virus in China. Did it emerge from a lab or did animals give birth to COVID-19? Koopmans is virologist and Head of the Erasmus MC Department of Viroscience. Her research considers emerging infectious diseases, noroviruses and veterinary medicine. She is member of the scientific advisory group of the World Health Organization.

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Nov 21
Nov 21
22-11 19:30 Mental preparedness for space (and earth)

When Mindy Howard did her astronaut training in a centrifuge – experiencing 6G’s – she was smiling from ear to ear. This peak experience changed her life and gave her the confidence that she is ready for space. A male colleague following the same training, who initially seemed like a tough guy, screamed in fear and was shaken up by the whole experience. It clearly shows the importance of having a strong, resilient state of mind when overcoming challenges. Howard specialises in the mental preparedness and coaching of astronauts. Luckily, her techniques can also be applied to overcome terrestrial challenges.

Dr. Mindy Howard will most certainly be the first Dutch woman in space when she joins one of the commercial space flights in 2023. She runs Inner Space Training, a company which trains commercial astronauts. It pays off to prepare for launch! In cooperation with KIVI, Space Society Twente and Dimensie.

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Nov 21
Nov 21
23-11 12:30 MINDF*CK with Victor Mids

Victor Mids M.D. is illusionist and physician. He is inventor of the popular television programme MINDF*CK, in which he fools people by means of incomprehensible illusions. Victor plays with distraction, hypnoses, nudging and body language. He uses insights from neuroscience and psychology to completely trick your brain and senses. Do you want to experience this with your own eyes? Then make sure you don’t miss it!

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Nov 21
Nov 21
23-11 19:30 Mark Rutte - duivelskunstenaar

Al jong sprak Mark Rutte de ambitie uit om premier van Nederland te worden. Als een ware duivelskunstenaar rees hij in de gelederen van de VVD, schudde tegenstanders af en werd tien jaar geleden de leider van het kabinet. Inmiddels zijn we nu drie kabinetten verder. Rutte lijkt op het moment van schrijven opnieuw premier te worden. Of toch niet? Wie is hij? Hij wordt soms beschreven als een man zonder eigenschappen en ongrijpbaar. Anderen zien juist zijn principes en het talent om daar pragmatisch mee om te gaan. Drs. Sheila Sitalsing is politiek redacteur en columnist van de Volkskrant. Zij schreef het boek Mark Rutte, portret van een premier. In samenwerking met Sirius en Student Union.

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Nov 21
Nov 21
24-11 12:30 The Science of Skating

Top skating athlete and neuroscientist Beorn Nijenhuis MSc explains how science can help in becoming a high performer. He experimented a lot with training techniques and schemes during his impressive skating career. Why is training-until-you-drop not effective? How much rest should one take? At the moment Nijenhuis is doing a PhD (at the University of Groningen) where he is investigating the so called ‘zwabbervoetmysterie’: a sudden loss of control of limbs experienced by top athletes, but also by professional musicians. What happens in the brain and muscles? Can this mystery be solved?

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Nov 21
Nov 21
24-11 (evening) Science Quiz

Since 20 May 2019 the kilogram – along with three other base units of the International System of Units – has a new definition. It is now derived from fixed numerical values of fundamental physical constants. Up until this historic date, the kilogram’s definition relied on a physical artefact: “Le grand K”, stored near Paris. Why was it necessary to relate SI units like the kilogram to physical constants and properties of atoms rather than to macroscopic objects? This lecture by Joachim Ullrich leads you into the world of metrology: the science behind correctly and reliably measuring things. Prof. dr. dr. Joachim Ullrich is President of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt. As President of the Consultative Committee for Units, he played an important role in revising the SI-units. In cooperation with Arago, Atlantis, Alembic, Newton and Scintilla. Moderator: prof. dr. Jennifer Herek (Dean of TNW).12.30-14.00 hours, Vrijhof

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Nov 21
Nov 21
25-11 12:30 Mysterious sculpture by Van Lieshout

Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the UT, a new work of art will change our campus forever. Near the entrance, a sculpture of 10 meter high, made by Atelier Van Lieshout, will arise. Until the presentation this Thursday, its appearance will be a mystery. One can discern modern features and references to the past of humankind. Sculptor and visionary Joep van Lieshout is founder of Atelier van Lieshout, producing works associated with art, design and architecture. All this activity is conducted within Van Lieshout’s signature style of provocation. Philosopher prof. dr. Peter-Paul Verbeek and (art) historian Hiska Bakker MA will interview Van Lieshout. Afterwards, the sculpture will be revealed during a party. In cooperation with the Campus Advisory Art Committee (CAAC) of the UT.

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Nov 21
Nov 21
Design Challenge

DESIGN A FUTURE CAR IN RENAULT STYLE!

During the Week of Inspiration 2021 Laurens van den Acker – head of Corporate Design Renault Group – will deliver a lecture on the Automobility of the Future. In the running up to this lecture, Daedalus, Proto, Newton, KIVI and Studium Generale organize a design competition, in which we challenge you to design a future car in Renault-style.

CHALLENGE

In the future lots of things will change in the automotive industry: the reduction of fossil fuels and the corresponding upswing of electric/hydrogen powered vehicles. The recycling of materials. Also think of specialized cars like the agile Renault Twizy, which can easily park in a busy city. And what to think of the development of self-steering cars? Besides all these innovations, the looks of the car also have to be attractive!

With this design competition we challenge you to design a future car along the lines of Renault. This means your vehicle must match the Renault style and design features. Please find the mood boards to get inspiration. You are allowed to design a part of the car in detail, but in that case we also want to see a rough sketch of the entire car. It’s important to show what the advantages of your car are, compared to current cars.

CRITERIA

Your design must match one of the Renault- design lines, including the corresponding design features and style.

A rough (or more detailed) draft of the entire car is required; specific elaboration of details is allowed.

Clearly show why your design is an improvement for the future.

It is allowed to create a retro-design, so a Renault-classic in a modern coat.

Please send your design digitally (preferable a detailed pdf) to: p.timmerman@utwente.nl. We encourage you to make 3D-animaties/renders also! Make sure your presentation looks nice, because it might be shown at an exhibition (via print or beamer). 

UT-students only

PRIZE

An all-inclusive trip to Paris (in a Renault of course!), where Laurens van den Acker will guide you around Renault’s Design HQ.

If you want to join (as a group or as an individual), please send us your design no later than 8 November. Make sure you are available on Thursday 25 November (17:00-18:00) for the exhibition and masterclass by Laurens van den Acker. In the evening Van den Acker will deliver his lecture (19:30-21:00) at the end of which he will announce the winner of the competition. So make sure you’re there!

This Design Challenge is powered by: Daedalus, Proto, Newton, KIVI, Studium Generale and Munsterhuis

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Nov 21
Nov 21
25-11 19:30 Designing Automobility of the Future

Designing Automobility of the Future

It’s the dream of every designer: creating a car for a famous brand. Laurens van den Acker made this dream come true and designed concept cars for Ford, Mazda and Renault. Where does he get his sparks of inspiration from? How does he apply various techniques – varying from clay models to virtual reality? Van den Acker will share his design experiences in Europe, the US and Asia. He will also shed light on the future of automobility. For Renault he designed the agile Twizy, which is very handy in busy cities. Will the car of the future be self-steering or is driving still too much fun? And of course: how will they look like?

Ir. Laurens van den Acker is an internationally celebrated car designer, who worked for Audi in Germany, Ford in the US and Mazda in Japan. Since 2009 he is head of Corporate Design Renault Group, supervising 500 designers. At Renault his designs boosted image and sales. Van den Acker has won several prizes, among which ‘The Most Beautiful Car of the Year 2016-award’ for the Renault Talisman.

Competition + masterclass: design your own car of the future, in Renault style and win a trip to Paris, where you’ll visit Renault’s design HQ! Curious? Check: www.utwente.nl/sg. In cooperation with KIVI, Daedalus, Proto and Newton.

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Nov 21