get inspired!

Our speakers for 2021 edition will be announced soon! Below you can get an idea of who the speakers were during our last editions!

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. Below you can see the keynote speakers for each one of the course days of CuriousU!

Geke Ludden dr. ir
Associate Professor

Geke is associate professor in the chair of Interaction design and a fellow of the UTwente DesignLab. Her research centres around the question how the design of products and services influences people’s behaviour and motivation and focuses on products and services that support healthy behaviour or that otherwise contribute to people’s wellbeing.

She will give a talk on healthy eating and design!

Peter- Paul Verbeek
Full Professor

Peter-Paul Verbeek is distinguished professor of Philosophy of Technology and co-director of the DesignLab of the University of Twente, The Netherlands. His research focuses on the philosophy of human-technology relations, and aims to contribute to philosophical theory, ethical reflection, and practices of design and innovation. His work has received several awards, including a VENI award (2003), VIDI award (2007), VICI Award (2014), membership of The Young Academy (2009), the Borghgraef Prize in Biomedical Ethics 2012 (Leuven University), and the World Technology Award in Ethics 2016 (World Technology Network). 

You can find more information on prof. Verbeek's video talks here. His bio can be found here

Paul will give a talk about Homo Digitus: The Ethics of Being Human in a Digital Age


The world is facing a digital revolution. Some people even claim we are in the midst of a ‘fourth industrial revolution’. Digital technologies like robotics, artificial intelligence, and the internet-of-things have a growing impact on society and human existence. Rather than merely being ‘used’ by humans, digital technologies start to ‘do’ things by themselves. What does this imply for human behavior, human decisions, and the ways we live our lives? This talk will show that the new types of impact of digital technologies in fact urges us to rethink ethics itself. When artificial intelligence helps doctors to decide on reanimation, or determines how cars behave in accidents, can we then say that it is ‘doing’ ethics? Can telepresence robots bring new forms of compassion in healthcare care and vulnerability? And what if robots are designed to experience ‘pain’, as is currently being explored in Japan? Do they deserve protection, and should they have rights? The main purpose of this talk is to stimulate you to rethink the relations between humans and technologies, and the ethical dimensions of technology.

Sofie Berghuis MSc
PhD Candidate

Sofie is a PhD Candidate on Health Economics at the department of Health Technology and Services Research. Her expertise is mainly in health economics of diagnostics and medication in breast cancer. In addition, she is very interested in health economic modelling, research to biomarkers in cancer (particularly liquid biopsies) and statistical programming in R. She obtained both, her Bachelor and Master’s Degree (cum laude), in Health Sciences at the University of Twente and is currently involved in teaching several courses within this educational program. Furthermore, Sofie currently is the president of the ISPOR University of Twente Student Chapter. Check out her LinkedIn profile if you want to learn more about her expertise and side activities.

Sofie, will give a talk on the topic "Evaluating Cancer Technologies".

Peter Joosten

Peter Joosten is a biohacker and DIY-futurist. He investigates the impact of biohacking, human enhancement and transhumanism in his keynotes, articles and Youtube channel. He is a TEDx speaker and consultant at various companies and institutions. He gave talks at events like Biohacker Summit Stockholm (Sweden), University College London (United Kingdom), Darefest Antwerpen (Belgium) and KPN Telecom (the Netherlands).

He is the curator of the platform Superhuman Talks where he writes and interviews experts about the coming era of upgraded humans. He wrote the (Dutch) book ‘Biohacking’ about human enhancement and its implication on organizations, education and healthcare. He is a guest lecturer at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (master Human Technology Interaction) and the Hogeschool Utrecht (theme: human enhancement). He was member of the 2019 class of the Biohack Academy at De Waag in Amsterdam.

Peter was interviewed for a variety of international media outlets, for example The Biohacking Secrets Show podcast (United States), (Sweden), Decoding Superhuman (United States), How to live to 200 (United States) and The Bio Alchemy podcast (Australia).

Peter will speak about "Biohacking and the rise of superhumans".

Elizabeth Mix

Elizabeth K. Mix (formerly Menon) holds a Ph.D. in Art History and conducts research at the intersection of visual and popular culture. She is the author of Evil by Design: The Creation and Marketing of the Femme-Fatale in 19th-century France (University of Illinois, 2006) and The Complex Mayeux: Use and Abuse of a French Icon (Peter Lang, 1997). Her other publications include the articles “Art and New Media,” (Choice, 2010),  “Japonisme and Cultural Appropriation” (Mississippi Museum of Art, 2011) and “Postmodernism in Art” (Lincoln Library of Essential Information, 2012). Her bibliographic essays on the pseudonymous graffiti artist Banksy and Ethiopian American artist Julie Mehretu, and a thematic essay on “Television and Art,” appeared in Grove Art Online in 2011. Dr. Mix is currently Professor Emerita at Butler University (Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.) and holds the post of Head of Student Affairs and Support Staff at University College Groningen.  

Title of her Talk: Lessons from New Media

Technology, creativity and innovation have always been linked. In the nineteenth-century the invention of photography transformed the construction and appearance of paintings by the Impressionists. Television and analogue video, the technologies first connected to postmodernism (ca. 1968) inspired the development of performance art. What is now called (somewhat ironically) "new media" is visual expression with some connection to digital technology, including internet or web art, immersive multi-media environments, sensor-based art and bio or genetic art. This talk will focus on how artists have been inspired by technological developments and how we in turn might be inspired by their use of digital technology for aesthetic purposes. 

Neil Sheridan
Guest PhD Candidate

Neil Sheridan is a leader of business growth, operational excellence, public affairs strategy and innovation initiatives. Neil is President of SVPI, LLC, a Michigan management and strategy corporation active internationally. Neil speaks internationally on strategy and innovation leadership as a keynoter, moderator or panelist.