Program for non-Dutchies!

Most programmes are in Dutch. However, there are plenty of English speaking programs, so no reason to stay at home! If you come across an English description in this guide, that specific part of the programme will be held in English. Also, most researchers performing the experiments are able to speak English and are very happy to provide you with an explanation of their work in English. Feel free to approach them in English.

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Being a beast: If you want to learn about animals, there is only one way: you have to become one. That’s what veterinarian and lawyer Charles Foster must have thought when he decided to live like a badger and an otter. A unique experience, to say the least. At the Night of Arts and Sciences, Charles is interviewed about his experiences as a beast.

Viewing Beyond: Close your eyes and go on a journey through life on Earth beyond your own eyes. Through different VR goggles you can experience the eyesight of different animals and scientific spectral cameras. What is it like to see like a bumblebee or a shark? Is the world around us significantly different if you view it in infrared? And what does the world look like if you were to look to Earth from the International Space Station and other satellites? Experience it yourself!

Exile and other syndroms: While living and working in Europe for the last 10 years, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay increasingly feels a personal sense of exile. With a wider perspective, this sense of exile seems symptomatic of the contemporary condition we endure – a condition, which is informed by the current social and political disquiet in Europe and the wider world, such as the refugee crisis, and a sense of uncertainty. Budhaditya comes up with a proposition to take a contemplative approach in listening to these problems and to try transforming the stream of personal reflection as a shared artifact in the wider public.

Reach for the stars: For most of Earth’s history, our spectacular universe of stars and galaxies has been visible in the darkness of the night sky. But today some of us must travel far away from home. Away from the flow of artificial lighting to experience the expanse of the Milky Way as our ancestors once knew it. When was the last time you saw billions of stars in the sky? Were you in a city? Wipe away the light- and air pollution and we would be left with a dazzling light show.

The Future is Quantum: Quantum mechanics is only about 100 years old, but we’re already right in the middle of the second quantum revolution: The superfast quantum computer and perfectly secure quantum internet are almost a fact! In Delft, researchers work on making those promising technologies based on the bizarre laws of quantum mechanics a reality. Dr. Julia Cramer (QuTech) will give you a crash course in quantum mechanics and explain why quantum technology is the future. 

Science, Cinema and Immersive Environments: Jeffrey Shaw’s work has pushed the boundaries of art and cinema since 1974, merging interactive video, three dimensional visual environments and augmented reality installations. These ‘art works’ not only demonstrate the use of technology in art, but also explore some philosophical questions regarding our use of visualisations and how we inhabit our environments. Jye O'Sullivan (Dublin Institute of Technology) will provide an immersive introduction to understanding Shaw, art, and technology. With a splash of Heidegger’s philosophy on art & science, it will leave you with a new understanding of what cinema can be and what ‘expanded cinema’ can give us.

Understanding cities through Big Social Data: Social Data are produced in large amounts by emerging sources such as sensors, mobile phones, geo-enabled social media, and location-based social networks (LBSNs). In the context of contemporary cities and increasing urbanization, Social Data comprise a precious and untapped source of information about spatial, temporal, and social aspects of the activities, movement, and social connectivity of people. That makes them a powerful source for better city planning and decision-making. Dr. Achilleas Psyllidis (TU Delft) will explain how analyzing big social big data may help us understand human mobility and migration, energy consumption behavior, and social inclusion.

Human trafficking in a digital era: Innovation is associated with progress - but does innovation always lead to progress for everyone? The introduction of new technologies led to the introduction of new forms of Human Trafficking in the last decade. The globalised digital connectivity has given rise to a new form of slavery and exploitation in which traffickers, victims and diasporas are digitally connected in criminal practices, carried out in many different locations at once. What to expect for the future of these unwanted effects of technical innovation? What challenges will we face? Prof. dr. Mirjam van Reisen (LIACS & Leiden Centre for Data Science), Prof. Dr. Munyaradzi Mawere (University of Cape Town, South Africa) and Prof. dr. Kinfe Abraha (Mekelle University, Ethiopia) discuss the impact of innovation on human trafficking.

Universiteit van de Leek: Dark matter and a new theory of gravity: According to scientists, 80% of the mass in the universe consists of dark matter. The discovery of dark matter has led to confusion, since it’s characteristics are not compatible with the current laws of gravitation as proposed by Einstein. Erik Verlinde therefore proposed  new theory of gravity. Margot Brouwer conducted a first test of this new theory of gravity and explains whether it can beat Einsteins theory.