Prof.dr. E.W. (Bert) Meijer is Distinguished University Professor in the Molecular Sciences and Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Eindhoven University of Technology (Eindhoven, the Netherlands). Since 2008 he is Scientific Director of the TU/e Institute for Complex Molecular Systems. His research is focused on the non-covalent synthesis of functional complex molecular systems.
Dr Mark Post received his medical degree from the University of Utrecht in 1982. After 3 years of medical practice as a surgical resident, he resumed his academic training as a PhD student in Pulmonary Pharmacology under supervision of prof A.J.Porsius, University of Utrecht, and graduated in 1989 on the pharmacodynamics of phosphodiesterase inhibitors in asthma. He joined the Experimental Cardiology group of prof C.Borst and set up a Vascular Biology program. From 1989 to 1996 he was senior investigator at the KNAW Interuniversity Cardiology Institute of the Netherlands. In 1996, dr Post was appointed full time assistant professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA and continued research in Vascular Biology and more specifically neovascularization. During that period, he co-founded Biological Therapeutics Consultancy Group, Inc. In 2001, he moved with his lab to Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH, and was appointed associate professor of Medicine and of Physiology. A year later, in july 2002, dr Post returned to the Netherlands as a professor of Vascular Physiology at the Maastricht University and professor of Angiogenesis in Tissue Engineering at the Technical University Eindhoven. He was Chair of the department of Physiology at Maastricht University Medical Center, Chairman of the Dutch Society of Physiology and is currently acting director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute Maastricht (CARIM). He is also vice dean of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology. His main research interests are vascular biology and tissue engineering of blood vessels and skeletal muscle. These subjects are studied from their basic molecular aspects and cellular mechanisms up to preclinical models and eventually, patients and consumers. He co-authored 140 papers in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals and received during his career close to 30 million dollars in funding and awards from different sources including government, charity and industry.
Professor Clinical Neuropsychology at Tilburg University Margriet Sitskoorn investigates the relationship between brains and behavior. It deals mainly with how our brains develop through our behavior and our environment change.
Speaking pitch in bulletpoints:
- How are people in need processed by our brain
- What is the relation between our brain and dehumanization
- How is our brain affected by a little walk in their shoes
- A neural path to rehumanization
Koert van Mensvoort
Artist/scientist at Eindhoven University of Technology, NextNature.net
"Investigating the strange and the beautiful is my main interest." Artist, scientist, designer, inventor, philosopher, doctor, blogger. His work revolves around the intimate relation between people, media and technology. The discovery of Next Nature has been the most profound experience in my life so far.
Dutch artist and architect of the Netherlands Pavilion, known as "Happy Street," at the World Expo 2010 Shanghai. It is constructed in a figure eight – a lucky number that suggests fortune in Chinese culture. It is mainly composed of a 400-meter pedestrian street that curves in a figure of eight and 26 small houses along the street. Built completely on stilts, the street looks like a suspended roller coaster.
Mark Mieras ('62) graduated cum laude in theoretical physics at the Free University in Amsterdam. As a science journalist, he specialized in brain research. He has published among others in de Volkskrant and NRC-Handelsblad and is author of the populair Dutch science books 'Ben ik dat?' and 'Liefde'.
Director Design for Sustainability Studies – Advanced & Emerging Markets, Philips Design
Simona Rocchi is responsible at Philips Design for managing the global creative direction of various sustainability-based initiatives in product/system innovation and strategic design. Examples of collaborative and sustainable innovations are the Breathcounter, a device that can rapidly diagnose Pneumonia at low costs and the Chulha, a low cost- and low tech stove to fight sickness and deaths caused by the pollution of indoor cooking with biomass fuel in open fire.
Former scientist, technologist, and author. Bernardo Kastrup states that logic is a culturally-imposed constriction of the degrees-of-freedom inherent to nature. The long-term evolution of human thought may entail transcending the boundaries of current rationality.
Sander Veenhof studied computer science at the VU university in Amsterdam and then graduated at the instable media department of the Rietveld Art Academy in Amsterdam. He works at the cross section of these domains. Using his in depth knowledge of emerging technologies to shape works of art that extend our spatial perception as well as wipe out the old fashioned assumption that virtual reality isn't real. Even though his virtual works incorporate features on infinite dimensions, such as the worlds’ biggest interactive sculpture “Biggar” which consists of 7 billion virtual blocks in the sky around the world encapsulating the whole globe, at the same time his virtual creations claim their physical space and moments of time just as real world phenomena, as was the crucial element of the first ever Augmented Reality Flash Mob at the Dam square in Amsterdam. In his recent projects, Veenhof focuses exploiting the diminished borders of any kind as the result of the dimensional, conceptual and geographic freedom augmented reality provides him. By transforming the virtual public space into a multi-user collaborative environment, he invites others to share that experience.
Emile Aarts has been Vice President / Scientific Program Director at Philips Research in Eindhoven for several years, where he leads the 'media and interaction' program.
Hans started his professional career in Philips Research in 1985 before taking on general and development management positions primarily in the area of consumer electronics. He then established a leading broadband data communications company The Industree BV in 1998, which was acquired by BarcoNet NV in 2000. Hans became Vice President of Barconet NV (now part of Scientific Atlanta, Inc. / Cisco Inc.) before re-joining Philips in 2002 as GM of the Digital Networks Division. He then became Vice President and General Manager of the Emerging Businesses unit at NXP Semiconductors, from which he spun-out software-GPS company Geotate ltd which he lead as CEO until acquisition by U-blox AG in 2009. Later in 2009 he joined startup company Epyon as CEO. Hans holds a number of non-executive director positions and advisory positions with startup companies and has degrees in Automotive and Electrical Engineering as well as Business Administration. Most importantly, Hans is married to his love4ever Wendy with whom he has four beautiful, bright and globe-trotting children; in the end, that is what matters in a bio.
Nova Borgers is a singer from the Netherlands. She grew up surrounded by music, for her father is a well known saxophonist (Herman Brood, Golden Earring, Sweet d'Buster). In 2006 she graduated at the Rockacademy in Tilburg, Holland as a singer and entrepreneur.
Since then Nova has been a singing teacher and vocal coach at various music schools for children as well as adults. In 2010 she decided to start her own singing school ; Nova's SingShop. Her method is based on her personal singing philosophie ; singing is fun and anyone can sing. Within one year her school has more than 70 students and is expanded with three singing teachers.
Besides teaching, Nova is also a performer. She sings in her father's theatre show across the Netherlands and Belgium, she has two thriving coverbands, a casino act and her solo project with her own songs. Releasing her debutalbum "Same as never before" was a first major milestone in Nova's singing career.
Harmke de Groot
Program Director Holst Centre
"Innovating the unknown: a hands-on perspective on open innovation."
Retired former Sr. Vice President Philips Design
Lucas Maassen (1975 Eindhoven) is a 2003 graduate of the Design Academy Eindhoven (nl).
After his graduation, he worked for Droog Design, Unilever, Philips, the Grand Palais Paris as well as the Dutch Architecture Institute (NAI). He exhibited worldwide in New York (MoMA),
Paris, Cologne, Miami, London, Milano, Torino, Eindhoven and Rotterdam.
Lucas Maassen lectures design at the ICT & Media Design department of the Fontys University of Applied Sciences.
Lorenzo de Rita
Lorenzo De Rita is 43. He is the Director of The Soon Institute, an observatory on the near future creating prototypes of communication. He built the longest water pipe in the World. He opened the first travel agency for mind travelers. He convinced David Beckham to clean the streets of Manchester for one night and designed the tattoo Chris Martin of Coldplay has on his hand. He told the biggest lie ever in the history of advertising (the one of a little village in Sweden containing around 1.000 people, where supposedly 54 people bought the same car on the very same day). He asked a robot to translate the Book of Genesis. He founded a Football Club in Tokyo with over 3.000 players. He published a magazine full of white pages inside. He produced the first fashion collection that you cannot buy with money (not even for a million Euro, he says). He designed the first navigational system for the kitchen. He asked a guy called Xan to walk from Amsterdam to Majorca in Spain to deliver a shoe box to a shoe company. He has cultivated a garden of digital “forget-me-nots”. He hates all those people who call him “creative”. He loves all those people, whom like him, think in a phosphorescent way.
Erik Matser is a Dutch neuropsychologist, university lecturer, scientific writer and sports psychologist. He is best known for his brain research and mental coaching of elite athletes and artists.