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Nobel lectures

The Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry and Medicine are awarded every year in October. Curious what these prizes are about?  Join the annual Nobel Lectures organized by TNW and Studium Generale



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In cooperation with Faculty Science & Technology (TNW) 

Following Scientists explain the significance of the Nobel Prizes 2016

Physics: Alexander Brinkman, Quantum Transport in Matter, MESA+

Chemistry: Nathalie Katsonis, Biomolecular Nanotechnology, MESA+

Medicine: Jai Prakash, Biomaterials Science and Technology, MIRA

 Moderator: Gertjan Koster, Faculty Science & Technology


Descartes

Everybody knows Descartes’s famous I think therefore I am, but what does this actually mean and how did he arrive at this one-liner? Why is he regarded as one of the most revolutionary philosophers?


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Everybody knows Descartes’s famous I think therefore I am, but what does this actually mean and how did he arrive at this one-liner? Why is he regarded as one of the most revolutionary philosophers? Johnny Søraker will argue that it is a shame that this phrase has become a cliché, because it not only holds the key to understanding modern philosophy, it also gave rise to challenging problems in science.

Dr. Johnny Søraker is assistant professor at the department of philosophy (UT).

In cooperation with Ideefiks.


Syria at war

Syria is torn apart by war and the future seems bleak. How did this conflict come into existence, which role plays the Assad-regime and what is at stake for world powers like the US, Russia and China?


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Syria is torn apart by war and the future seems bleak. How did this conflict come into existence, which role plays the Assad-regime and what is at stake for world powers like the US, Russia and China? In the midst of all violence and destruction, civilians in Syria try to continue their daily lives. Under what conditions do they live, what kind of future awaits them and do they still have hope for peace? Three Syria-experts will give their view:

 Lex Runderkamp is travelling reporter in the Arab world for the NOS.

 Sakir Khader is a journalist for the Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant and writes about refugees and the Arab world.

 Fouad Hallak is photographer. He fled Syria and lives in the Netherlands.

Photos of Fouad Hallak are on display from 6 to 23 September in the Vrijhof.

 In coproduction with Vrijhof Culture, Science Shop UT and Enschede for Peace. This program is part of the Dutch Peace Week.


Have you unexpectedly missed one of our lectures? No worries, on this page you can find our English archive. Since 2012, we film most of our lectures, and these can be viewed below. For the complete SG archive, please visit our Dutch archive page.

2016

Darwin on a chip

Prof v.d. Wiel talks about evolutionary microchips.

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Making of the opera

Nicolas Mansfield is telling with a lot of enthousiasm how an opera is made.

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2015

Debat: Sedlacek en Rotmans

An inspiring debate between Sedlacek and Rotmans about wealth in our societies.

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Dunglish

Alison Edwards was telling us about the rise of Dutch English.

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Row your boat

A former elite rower, Kurt Jensen, and a sport psychologist, Rico Schuijers, talked about physical and mental aspects

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2014


Big Data

Dr. ir. Djoerd Hiemstra will explain how we manage huge amounts of data on large clusters of commodity machines, initiated by companies like Google, Twitter and Facebook.

Dr. Johnny Hartz Søraker will reflect upon philosophical and ethical issues related to Big Data

The material side of the internet

Lecture about the material side of the internet.

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Nobel lectures

Three speakers explain the work of the Nobel price winners.

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Nationalism in Europe

Tony Agota en Heleen Bakker both from the Ministry of Foreign affairs about Europe.

Conflict areas around the world

Samenvatting van de lezing van Rob de Wijk.

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2013

9/18/2013 - The future of europe

The EU’s response to the euro zone crisis and the banking crisis are now threatening all of Europe with a 20-year depression. Dr. Shawn Donnelly will contrast what has been done to what has not, and why certain European governments are standing in the way of recovery.

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7/2/13 – Symposium: Science of the future

What might have been science fiction way back in the 1980s, has become scientific reality today. No one would have had the slightest idea that of the use of smartphones and tablets. five scientists from the JongeAkademie @ UT will tell what they think their research might look like in 2040.

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7/2/13 – Symposium: Science of the future

What might have been science fiction way back in the 1980s, has become scientific reality today. No one had the slightest idea that of the use of smartphones and tablets. five scientists from the JongeAkademie @ UT about what their research might look like in 2040. Discussie

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23/04/2013 – Psychology of first impressions

When you meet somebody for the first time, you instinctively ‘know’ whether he or she is OK or not. This gut feeling, more formally known as first impression, takes place in an instant. Often, this first impression is a lasting one. Met Prof. Dr. DetlefFetchenhauer

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07/05/2013 – Ecocrime

Ecological crime is a new branch of global organized crime. It has become highly lucrative to deal in Nature’s precious resources. This symposium focuses on the causes of illegal logging, the extent of deforestation and the solutions, both at a (trans)national level as well as on the level of local communities.

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10/12 THE HUMAN BRAIN PROJECT

The Human Brain Project aims to simulate a complete human brain in supercomputers that are a thousand times more powerful than the computers we have today.

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2012

1/31/12 - the euro crisis

Dr. Shawn Donnelly follows the euro-crisis on foot. What’s left of the stability of the euro-pact? What would an eventual disintegration of the euro mean? And what does it mean when an entire country goes bankrupt? Donnelly is researcher in the field of European Economic Governance (UT). English spoken!

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5/8/12 Symposium: design for the poor

The Q-drum is a circular jerrycan that rolls smoothly enough for a child to tow it with a rope. This design tackles a job that millions spend doing each day – fetching water. This symposium focuses on industrial design for the poor. Met Dr. ir. Diehl, Dr. ir. Franco, en Ir. Mejia.

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2010

11/4/10 - Susan Nieman - Moral Clarity

Many developments in the last century have lead to the conviction that moral concepts have been exploded - either as hypocritical attempts to impose one's own will on others, or as self-deceiving attempts to justify one's own actions in terms that are no longer valid.

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2009

3/6/09 - No more part-time feminism

No more part-time feminism, is the title of HeleenMees' collection of columns she published in NRC Handelsblad. These columns stirred a lot of attention in the media. According to her, women must get a real prospect for top jobs. Stop homemaking! With HeleenMees.

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5/12/09 - the dutch explained

The University of Twente is an international university with students from all over the world. One of the first things they encounter when studying at the campus are the typical habits and customs of the Dutch. Why are Dutch so tidy? So punctual? Why do they seem so informal? Or is this appearance? With GittaMontanus.

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2007

6/13/07 - Second life

Second Life has been receiving lots of publicity lately, some of it due alleged millions of “residents” of Second Life, some due to the stampede of meatspace corporations into Second Life, and some of it due to the current difficulties with users that engage in sexual “ageplay”.

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2006

3/8/06 International woman's day

Dutch culture, Dutch habits & Dutch women. For Dutch women and men the Dutch way of life has a self-evident flavor. Rather different is the situation of foreign students and researchers. They often encounter unfamiliar political customs and rules of conduct.

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2005

10/11/05 Space & Spirit

In the Middle Ages two types of space existed: a material and spiritual one. The spiritual space of a Christian afterlife was much more important than material space. Nowadays this spiritual element has completely vanished. With Margaret Wertheim.

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