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Theme: TEDxTwenteU, where science meets society.

This event occurred on
October 11, 2013
9:00am - 9:00pm CEST
(UTC +2hrs)
Enschede, OV

The University of Twente is one of the three Universities of Technology of the Netherlands. TEDxTwenteU 2013 cannot pass by this emphasis on technology and science, without paying attention to it. University of Twente is also a university that combines technology with social and behavioral sciences. To organize an event that will be interesting and inspiring for a diverse audience, we are arranging speakers from all kinds of disciplines. The speakers can have a scientific background, or the exact opposite. Our theme covers this intention. Our four sessions will get each their own theme, matching with Where Science Meets Society.

Drienerbeeklaan 21
Enschede, OV
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Marjan van Lambalgen

If you aren't enthusiastic about 3D printing yet, Marjan van Lambalgen will definitely change that at TEDxTwenteU. Her entrepreneurial vision on where this relative new technology is going will show you the possibilities of 3D printing and the impact it will have on our society as we know it. Marjan has been active at many corporations in a leading function, so she knows as no other how to explore new markets!

Tim Post

While we are mostly unaware of our nightly dreams while we dream, Tim Post has trained countless individuals around the world to attain dream awareness in dreams. Remarkably, "lucid" dreamers can learn to consciously reshape their dreams while dreaming and give rise to profound dream experiences. At TEDxTwenteU, Tim will give us insight into the emerging science of lucid dreaming and unveil the potential power of using lucid dreams to enhance psychological development and overall well-being

Sandjai Bhulai

Sandjai Bhulai is an associate professor in Applied Probability (Stochastic Operations Research) at VU University Amsterdam. He graduated in 1998 with an M.Sc. degree in both "Mathematics" and "Business Mathematics and Informatics" at VU University Amsterdam. Using applied mathematics and computer science, Sandjai and his team managed to create an application that can predict news before it is actual in the mainstream media. Sandjai will showcase this new technology at TEDxTwenteU and tell you about its future."

Kirsten Verdel

In 2008 Kirsten Verdel was the only foreigner who was part of the campaign of Barack Obama. After she helped him win the elections, she returned to the Netherlands where she still is seen as an expert in politics. She as no other can speak about the differences between running a campaign in America and the Netherlands and how to become a successful politician. Be ready to be inspired!

Simon Huisman

At TEDxTwenteU Simon Huisman, a PhD student with both the COPS and OS group, will talk about an interesting phenomenon which earned the COPS group a picture on the cover of Nature: imaging through opaque layers. With a live setup Simon will show us that with the aid of lasers it is possible to look through opaque objects (e.g. milk or paper) and will he talk about the consequences of this new technology.

Daniel Waples

With over ten million of views on YouTube, Daniel has become one of the most recognized street musicians of this time. With his unique instrument, his `Hang`, he travels around the world while playing music to inspire smiles, induce relaxation and promote the art he is passionate about. At TEDxTwenteU Daniel will talk about the role internet has taken in promotion and interacting with your public as opposed to the industries. He will also play his hang and explain more about this magical instrument.

Miko Elwenspoek

Miko Elwenspoek is a remarkable character of the University of Twente. He holds the chair of Transducers Science and Technology and is strongly connected to the MESA+ institute and the Honours and Excellence programmes of the University of Twente. Next to his research interests in Self-assembly, MEMS and Mirco- and Nano Fluid Handling, Miko enjoys classical music, painting and hiking. At TEDxTwenteU Miko will give us an insight in the Human Document Project. The goal of this project is to invent technologies to store data for a long long time, more than a million years. One of the most interesting aspects of this project is its interdisciplinary character.

Detlef Lohse

In 2005 he was appointed University Professor at the University of Twente; Detlef Lohse is an expert in the physics of fluids. His main concerns? Bubbles! Not the ones you find in your hot tub though, but much smaller ones. Wondering what the importance is of these tiny bubbles? Definitely listen to this talk about the lyrics of bubbles and why they are relevant for Dutch society.

Johnny Soraker

Dr. Johnny Hartz Søraker is Assistant Professor of Philosophy of technology at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente. Johnny has been awarded teacher of the year 2012 and has many publications on his name. At TEDxTwenteU you will be inspired by his view on the ethics of exploiting psychological research in video games.

Simone van Saarloos

She is only 23 years old but her resume tells us that she is already a writer of stories and columns, a literary critic for the Volkskrant and last but not least, a philosopher. For example, she pleads for downdating; women do theirselves and society justice when they aren’t blinded by the oldfashioned idea of a higher educated, wealthy partner and dare to date and explore men by different standards. On TEDxTwente U, Simone will speak about a ‘confrontational society.’ In this society, every month a statistic minority will be the majority for one day. Are you always aware of what you think is ‘normal’ and is it – through play and artificial confrontation – possible to change our standards?

David van Hartskamp

'You’ve probably heard of crowdfunding, an alternative method of raising finance for a business, project or idea. Anyone can start a crowdfunding project and try to attract people to contribute toward their passion. David van Hartskamp is founder of Flintwave, the first crowdsourcing and crowdfunding platform for science. At TEDxTwenteU, David will tell you everything about crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, entrepreneurship and science.'

Organizing team

  • Ellis Vlessert
  • Emile d'Angremont
  • Dora Timmer
  • Jasper Smit
  • Emile Nijssen