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Theme: Rebuilding Trust

This event occurred on
May 23, 2013
9:00am - 6:00pm CEST
(UTC +2hrs)
Nijmegen, GE

Imagine a world without trust: personal relations would be doomed to fail and our social institutions would not be able function. We are facing a decreasing confidence in our institutions. Their authority is beginning to crack, due to democratization, individualization and increasing personal autonomy. On a positive note, a critical attitude towards our institutions and their claims forces them to stay alert and prepared for change. But if distrust, as the dark side of a critical attitude, takes over what does that mean for our society?

What is trust? Why is it so important? And when trust is lacking, how can it be rebuilt? That’s what TEDxRadboudU is all about. Inspirational talks, different angles and new perspectives.

Concert Hall De Vereeniging
Keizer Karelplein 2
Nijmegen, GE, 6511 NC
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Ybo Buruma

Ybo Buruma has always had a great interest in social and political questions. He has been engaged widely in public debates on trust in the judiciary, on crime as well as on law and politics. Ybo is Justice in the Supreme Court of the Netherlands. Until 2011, Ybo was a professor of Criminal Law at Radboud University Nijmegen. He was Chair of the Commissie Posthumus II, the Committee for the Assessment of Closed Cases, that evaluated cases in order to find out about judicial errors.

Robbert Dijkgraaf

Robbert Dijkgraaf is a leading mathematical physicist who has made significant contributions to string theory and the advancement of science education. Many of his activities – which have included frequent appearances on Dutch television, a monthly newspaper column in NRC Handelsblad, several books for general audiences, and the launch of the science education website Proefjes.nl – are at the interface between science and society. He is a distinguished advocate for science and the arts. Robbert Dijkgraaf is currently Director and Leon Levy Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, USA.

Bart Jacobs

Bart Jacobs is an expert in computer security and its associated societal issues. His expertise concerns chip cards, and especially their use in privacy-friendly scenarios. He is best known for his group’s work on the national chip card for public transport in the Netherlands. Together with his students, he discovered a serious security flaw in the Dutch OV-chip card, which allowed it to be easily copied. Bart is a government advisor on the future of electronic voting in the Netherlands. Bart Jacobs is a Professor of Software Security and Correctness at Radboud University. He is also a member of the Cyber Security Council of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice.

Alan Sanfey

Alan Sanfey’s work focuses on how people make decisions in social settings. Factors such as trust and reciprocity are vital for the successful functioning of society, not only at interpersonal levels such as opening a door for someone else, but these influences also underlie complex agreements between companies and countries. Research by Alan’s group demonstrates that emotional factors such as guilt are important motivations behind these kinds of cooperative situations. Alan Sanfey is Principal Investigator at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior at Radboud University Nijmegen.

Step Vaessen

Step Vaessen is an author and journalist with more than 15 years of experience in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. Her work at Dutch television NOS and Al Jazeera English has taken her across the archipelago and into areas that few get a glimpse of, including most Indonesians. Her book “Jihad With Sambal” has sold thousands of copies in her native country Holland, where she has spoken to sold-out crowds about what she has learned about tolerance, religion and the fragility of life in Indonesia.

Marc Slors

What can neuroscience really teach us about free will and who we are? Marc Slors recently intervened in the national debate about free will and the brain with his book Dat had je gedacht!. His position: neuroscience tells us next to nothing about free will, but it does provide us with the materials for a sophisticated view on who we are. In such a view consciousness plays a more indirect role. Marc is a professor of Cognition Philosophy at Radboud University Nijmegen.

Paul Dekker

Paul Dekker is a researcher in the field of social and political participation, including studies of voluntary associations, religious involvement and the non-profit sector in comparative perspective. Besides, public opinion has been a main topic in Paul’s recent work, focussing particularly on the negative public mood in the Netherlands and attitudes towards government and the European Union. Paul is a professor of Civil Society at Tilburg University, the Netherlands, and Head of the Participation and Government research unit of the Netherlands Institute for Social Research | SCP.

Organizing team


Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • Elianne Keulemans
  • Johan van de Woestijne
    head of communications / co-curator
  • Corine Jansen
    Speaker Liassion
  • Steven Wickel