More than 100 inspiring lecturers and Q&A sessions. A few examples:


Why do we pay people by the hour? Can we really always rely on data? Is the customer always right? Does input really equal output? Our socio-economic systems are based on assumptions. But sometimes a radically different view can offer new possibilities and insights. This lecture will show how you can reframe your own reality.

Karim Benammar studied philosophy in England, the United States and Japan and taught at the University of Kobe.

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Big data & ethics

Artificial intelligence (AI) and Big Data play an increasingly important role in our society. With all the benefits, but also with risks. Data can be manipulated and at the same time, Big Data, when used correctly, can bring us a lot. Youssef discusses Big Data’s ethics on the basis of case studies and intriguing stories. What can we learn from it?

Youssef El Bouhassani is a teacher and researcher at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam. He also developed Learning Levels: an AI-driven learning platform and he is a member of the National Think Tank on Big Data.

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The presidential elections are this year. During the lecture, Victor Vlam shows how the campaign is being conducted in the US. He worked for the Obama campaign in 2008 and 2012 and gives you a peek behind the scenes. With what brilliant rhetorical techniques does a campaign convince a voter to vote? How much money do you need and what the hell do you do with it?

Victor Vlam is a guest lecturer at the UvA and Tilburg University and author of the book ‘Thinking like Donald Trump’. As an America expert, he is often invited to (Dutch television and radio:) EenVandaag, Editie NL, 5 Uur Live, RTL Z and Radio 1 en 2.

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Irene shows how creativity and choosing a different perspective can have huge impact. She also explains that you need guts and especially perseverance to be truly creative. With her easy to apply tips and tricks and especially with humor, Irene teaches us how to be just a bit more creative. Because sometimes it is a small change that can make all the difference.

After 16 years of FHV / BBDO, a large brand advertising agency, Irene Koel became a creative consultant for many companies. She is also a lecturer at the Design Academy Eindhoven.

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What are the consequences of China’s rapid growth in technology? Western news media are full of panic stories about Huawei, the social credit system, surveillance, artificial intelligence and big data, that China is supposed to use to build an Orwellian control society. This lecture examines whether this fear is justified, it explains the Chinese technology agenda and shows what the impact will be on the Netherlands and Europe.

Rogier Creemers is an Assistant Professor in the law and governance of China at Leiden University. With a background in Chinese studies, international politics and law, he mainly focuses on the Chinese government’s increasing use of technology in domestic governance processes, as well as China’s role in global cyberspace.

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What is the Black Lives Matter movement?

Jennifer Tosch, is a cultural historian, activist, founder of Black Heritage Tours in Amsterdam (Netherlands), and New York State; co-author of 3 guide books on Dutch colonial history:  Jennifer is also completing a dual-Masters degree at the University of Amsterdam in (Cultural) Heritage & (Historic) Memory.
Jennifer was born in Brooklyn, New York to Surinamese parents who immigrated to the US in 1964.  In 2013 she founded the Black Heritage Tour in Amsterdam and in 2017 the Black Heritage Tour in New York State. Moreover, Jennifer is one of the voices of the Dutch Black Lives Matter movement, and is a regular speaker at Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

Why has it suddenly gained so much interest during this Corona crisis. Is there a correlation? Should we protest what is happening in the USA? Or do the same problems occur in other countries? And what’s next? What are the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement? Jennifer will shed her light on the matter during her Lecture, followed by a Q&A.

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Remote Leadership

As Facilitator of Collaboration, Line Mørkbak has specialized in online team collaboration. She supports clients to reevaluate what drives their teams and how to harness the engagement of dispersed, virtual teamwork. For the past 20 years Line has lived and worked internationally and she brings her extensive global client expertise to her keynote talks, workshops and consulting work.

We can’t simply transfer our f2f management expertise unfiltered into the online team environment. You may already have some experience managing online teams or maybe the current Covid-19 reality has propelled you into remote management. To support effective virtual teamwork, a remote skill – and mindset is needed. This session will offer concrete techniques to plan and lead engaging online meetings, share best practices to build a strong sense of team and to enhance collaboration, and the session will provide participants with practical tips and tools ready to implement with your team already tomorrow. Followed by a Q&A.

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Robert Wolfe lets you experience how you can use a story from your own life to really convey a message and to get the people around you. He also gives examples of the best storytellers and insights into talk techniques that are easy to apply.

Robert Wolfe is leadership coach and storytelling trainer at the THNK School of Creative Leadership. He has run management games for executives around the world.

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“How can you tell from a corpse whether murder is involved?” Udo Reijnders notes that even doctors have difficulty recognizing an unnatural death. As a result, murders are regularly overlooked. Udo talks about crime scenes in his lectures, to show what you should pay attention to in the event of an autopsy.

Udo Reijnders works at the GGD Amsterdam as a forensic doctor. He is also a senior trainer in Forensic Nursing and special professor of Primary Forensic Medicine at the UvA / AMC.

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Thijs Launspach explains why we are so stressed nowadays and what you can do to prevent extreme consequences. Using examples and interactive exercises, he shows what stress does to our body and how we can deal with it. Thijs is also an expert in the field of millennials and the stress they experience, such as thirty-something dilemmas, quarterlife crisis and generation differences (in the labor market).

Thijs Launspach is a Dutch psychologist, author and trainer. He has written several books on these topics. Thijs teaches at the University of Amsterdam and the School of Life.

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North Korea

How did the Kim ‘dynasty’ come to power and how has it been able to function for so long? Professor Breuker gives a unique insight into the incredible system that was set up to take a whole country hostage, where other oppressive communist regimes, such as in Eastern Europe, all collapsed after a few decades.

Remco Breuker is Professor of Korean Studies and Chair of the Korean Studies Department at the University of Leiden. He is also Director of the Leiden Asia Centre.

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Responsibility sometimes consists of making difficult decisions. But how do you make the right choices? Jelle van Baardewijk offers a valuable reflection on today’s society. We are all responsible for our own lives. We want to be healthy, but we also want to enjoy. We want to do our job well, but also spend time with our family. What if you can’t have it all at the same time? In this lecture, Jelle explains how ethics works and why ethics is mainly about saying ‘no’.

Jelle is a full research professor in business ethics at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. He is also an assistant professor governance and society at the Department of Public Administration and Political Science at VU University Amsterdam.


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Merel gives an interactive and educational lecture about copyright. The main question she addresses is if copyright is still viable in the future. Who actually owns a photo or text? Can you use it for work or private or not at all? If you are depicted in a photo, is it then automatically yours? And can you share it on social media? Or can you get a fine or even end up in a lawsuit.

Merel Teunissen is a lawyer at Versteeg Wigman Sprey and teaches at the Theaterschool in Amsterdam. She’s editor at Mediaforum, a magazine about communication law.

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Everyone has their own secrets. At home and in the professional workplace. Secrets for colleagues, for other departments, for clients, regulators, media…  What kind of secrets do we carry with us? How do you keep something secret? And what is the impact of a secret for our mental and physical health? Andreas Wismeijer shares insights about the fascinating psychology behind secrets and explains what secrets teach us about human nature.

Dr. Andreas Wismeijer is affiliated with Tilburg University and holds a PhD in the psychology of secrets. He has written a large number of scientific articles and two popular science books on the subject. He also regularly performs on radio and television programs to talk about secrets and lying.

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Psychology of selves

We all have multiple sides, but we do not always understand what makes us sometimes act as a joker, sometimes as a pleaser or as a pusher. Understanding ‘ourselves’ fully is one of the most powerful insights in life. Gijs Deckers challenges introspection. You suddenly understand that the quarrel about the toothpaste cap is not about the toothpaste, but about something completely different. Quarrelling will never be the same. You learn to understand yourself better and you will also recognise the patterns in others. The result: a better relationship with yourself and the people around you.

Gijs Deckers is a psychologist and coach. He teaches personal development and psychology at the School of Life and the University of Leiden.

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Master forgers

What is ‘real’? How do you make a forgery of a Dutch master? And, above all, how do you recognise a forgery? Most of the time forgers have the same way of working, whether they are forging unique wines or a painting of one of the Dutch masters. This lecture will give you insights into the world of forgeries.

Judith Noorman is professor of art history at the University of Amsterdam. Judith Noorman obtained her PhD at New York University.

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Public speaking

Public speaking is very nerve-racking for many people. Michael Diederich knows how to take your presentation skills to the next level. He shares practical tips for learning to speak better in public, ranging from powerful body language, speaking with passion and how to connect with your audience. In addition to sharing useful insights, he takes you on fun exercises, making this a fun, bold and highly interactive lecture.

Michael Diederich is an actor and performer, both in theater and on television. He taught at various academies, such as InHolland and Codarts, Rotterdam.

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