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

The value of time off

Adam Waytz

The secret to improve your productivity and stay healthy is to optimize and safeguard your time off. Why is that? And is it really that important? Embracing work to boost feelings of personal meaning and self-esteem has led us to work more and more. Adam Waytz provides tools and answers how to mitigate to a more sustainable way of working in which employees can thrive. With the right method two important messages can be installed: “We care about your well-being” and “We trust you to get your work done.” Learn more about the value of time off in this interactive Q&A session.

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The internet of energy

Arash Aazami

Amidst the massive transition from fossil resources to renewables, still almost 3 billion humans live in energy poverty. Is universal access to 100% renewable energy achievable? And will it ever be free like oxygen and sunlight? Arash brings you along on a journey through facts, trends, and personal anecdotes that are hope-giving as well as actionable. The main focus is the Internet of Energy, intending to enable peer-to-peer energy traffic for all users.

Arash Aazami (1977) is an energy visionary, innovator and entrepreneur. In 2010 he founded an energy company that earned more as it would sell less energy. His business model was awarded by MIT in 2014. He works on the establishment of the Internet of Energy with the goal of connecting every human being to abundant renewable resources. Arash is founder of think tank Kamangir, an advisor to several governments and multinationals, a mentor in social entrepreneurship for the MBA-alumni of INSEAD, and a faculty member at California-based Singularity University.

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Epidemic Control Strategies

Bharat Pankhania

Dr Pankhania will give a talk about epidemics, control strategies and COVID-19 in particular. Followed by a Q&A for your teams to ask anything they want to know about the COVID-19 outbreak.

Dr Pankhania is head of Public Health Medicine teaching at University of Exeter Medical School and an expert in terms of pandemic Influenza outbreak planning and major plan testing exercises. He was the local Lead for Pandemic Influenza planning at Public Health England and became the reference point for outbreak planning, testing systems and control strategies. Teaching, training and mentoring have always been Dr Pankhania’s forte, he has been the training lead for Health Protection at his Public Health England, SW Region. Additionally, he has held honorary teaching positions, for over 15 years at University of Bristol, Imperial University, University of St Mark and St John, University of West of England.

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Time management

Brad Aeon

The Science of Time Management is a lecture based on recent—and counterintuitive—findings in psychological research: motivation, willpower, and continuous effort don’t work in the long term. We all seek to find motivation to get our work done, but the science is clear: it is almost impossible for human beings to consistently find motivation, rely on willpower, and exert effort continuously to get things done and be productive. That is why scientists from Harvard University and other rigorous research institutions have focused on alternatives now known as effortless strategies: techniques that help you be organized, productive, and stress-free with as little effort, motivation, and willpower as possible. This lecture features some of these evidence-based strategies, with practical techniques to help you reduce stress and better handle your personal and professional projects.

Brad Aeon is a PhD candidate at the John Molson School of Business, Mr. Aeon focuses his research on the psychological and business impacts of time management theory. By looking at individual conceptions of time management and behavioural economics, Mr. Aeon’s research provides people and organisations with concrete steps to enact time management strategies for positive change. Brad and his research team have analysed all the scientific studies available on time management. 53,957 participants in studies that span over 4 decades across 6 continents. It is by far the largest study ever done on the topic. Brad speaks, researches and lectures at universities all over the world.

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Learn new skills

Felienne Hermans

Learning to use new software, a new language or even a new way of working is fairly hard. But throughout our careers, we’re constantly asked to adapt and learn new things. If only we would better understand how learning works? Felienne explains how our brains perform best when we try to learn something new. Through years of research and her own experience in teaching students and working with corporate audiences around the world, she discovered what works best in learning. You will get useful insights in the way you can learn new skills. In an inspiring, animated and interactive session.

Felienne has taught at the TU Delft and is currently professor at Leiden University, where she teaches at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science.

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Money Laundering

Joras Ferwerda

When is an act considered as money laundering? Joras provides insights into this criminal activity. With a playful thought experiment, he shows you how creative criminals can become. Through knowledge about these practices, you’ll gain insights that are applicable in the “legal” world and at the same time you’ll learn about the politicization of money laundering, the geopolitical complexity and its consequences for the rest of the economy.

Joras Ferwerda is Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Utrecht. He wrote 3 books on money laundering and participated in the first study into the scope and effects of money laundering in the Netherlands, commissioned by the Ministry of Finance.

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Pseudoscience & Nutrition

Liesbeth Smit

Why is there so much confusion about which foods are healthy? Does the science about what is healthy really change every single day? Liesbeth separates facts from fiction in the confusing world of nutrition and shows you how misinformation and pseudoscience can spread. Find out if we should blame scientists, the media, or influencers and learn what you can do to live healthier.

Liesbeth Smit is a nutrition scientist, science communicator, and author of the best-selling book “Eat Like an Expert”. You can find her debunking common nutrition myths and explaining science on TV and in magazines. After a career in nutrition science at Harvard School of Public Health and VU University Amsterdam, she founded her company “The Online Scientist” where she helps other scientists communicate their research to the public in a clear and exciting way.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Michael Kwakkelstein

Da Vinci is known for being an inventor and an artist, but most of all, he was an excellent observer. This lecture provides fascinating insights into da Vinci’s way of working and shows how innovation mainly arises from constantly being curious and wanting to improve the existing. You will learn all on how Kwakkelstein innovated in the world of engineering, anatomy, illustration, weaponry and art. Michael will also address why Da Vinci’s most famous painting, was unknown and undervalued until it was stolen in the early 20th century and suddenly became known by everyone and consequently the most iconic painting in the world.

Professor Kwakkelstein is director of the Dutch University Institute for Art History in Florence and Professor of Art History, specialized in the Renaissance.

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Judgement and Decision making

Robert Rowland Smith

Sometimes we make good decisions. Other times, we make really bad ones. What is it that creates the difference? The answer tends to polarize. On the one hand, it is thought that the way to good decision-making lies in pure reason. The more logical and objective we are, the better the decision. On the other hand, people say that the best decisions are based on gut instinct. The most rigorous analysis is no substitute for a hunch. In this lecture, philosopher and psychologist Robert Rowland Smith will take us through the fascinating world of decision-making, and ask us to decide in turn whether making good decisions is a science or an art.

Robert Rowland Smith was for 7 years a Prize Fellow at Oxford and is a consultant, lecturer and writer on philosophy, literature and psychoanalysis. For years, he had a column in the Sunday Times on moral dilemmas and he contributes regularly to BBC TV and radio.

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Karim Benammar

Are you able to challenge your own assumptions? Sometimes a radically different view can offer new possibilities and insights. For example, can you always rely on data? Why do we pay people per hour? Is the customer always right? Is input really the same as output? All our socio-economic systems are based on assumptions. Karim teaches you to look at issues differently in order to come up with completely new solutions.

Karim studied philosophy in England, the United States and Japan, taught at Kobe University and directed research at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

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Big data & ethics

Youssef El Bouhassani

“Big Data” plays an increasingly important role in our society. Data is often used to predict (customer) behavior. It seems very efficient but how certain can we be that what data tells us will actually happen. And what about the risks, such as privacy violation and manipulation. “We kill people on the basis of metadata,” the former NSA director once said. At the same time, Big Data can bring us a lot. Not only in terms of money, but also in terms of health or safety. Often data provides a more efficient diagnosis of a patient than a doctor, or they predict when something needs to be repaired before it actually breaks down. Youssef discusses the ethics of Big Data by showing case studies and intriguing practical stories. What can we learn from it?

Youssef is a teacher and researcher at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam. He developed Learning Levels: an AI-driven learning platform and is a member of the National Think Tank on Big Data. He was chosen Teacher of the Year for all Dutch universities in 2018.

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Victor Vlam

It’s the year of the presidential elections and President Trump and his democratic challengers are in full campaign mode. 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 a guest at (Dutch tv and radio like:) EenVandaag, Editie NL, 5 Uur Live, RTL Z and Radio 1 en 2.

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Irene Koel

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

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

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Rogier Creemers

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 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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Dealing with adversity

Bruce Hood

In a world of uncertainty, we cannot always control all the bad things that happen to us, but we can control the way that we respond to them by regulating our emotions. In this session, award-winning psychologist Bruce Hood explains why our minds seem unable to be reasonable in the face of threat and danger but reveals three simple techniques to control our emotions that are based on hard scientific evidence. Followed by a Q&A.

Bruce Hood is the Director of the Cognitive Development Centre at the University of Bristol. He undertook his Ph.D. at Cambridge followed by appointments at MIT and Harvard. He delivered the prestigious Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, “Meet Your Brain” which were broadcast on the BBC. Also, he received the Public Engagement and Media Awards from The British Psychological Society for his commitment to public engagement through public lectures, media appearances and science festivals.

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Remote Leadership

Line Mørkbak

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.

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.

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Black Lives Matter

Jennifer Tosch

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.

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.

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Robert Wolfe

Robert Wolfe lets you experience how you can use a story from your own life to convey a message and convince the people around you to follow you. A leadership skill that has garnered a lot of attention in the past decade and has proven to be crucial for business leaders. Robert shows examples of the best storytelling and provides insights into easy-to-apply storytelling techniques.

Robert Wolfe is a leadership coach and storytelling trainer at the THNK School of Creative Leadership. He has coached corporate leaders around the world, has written several children’s books and is an authority in the field of storytelling.

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Udo Reijnders

”How can you tell from a corpse whether murder has taken place of if it’s the result of a natural death?” Udo notes that even doctors have difficulty recognizing an unnatural death. As a result, murders are regularly overlooked. Udo shows you what to look for to determine the cause of death, by using examples of intriguing crime scenes.

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. He regularly acts as a guest teacher and is (co) author of the books “The corpse in practice” and “Recognition of injury from physical violence.”

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North Korea

Remco Breuker

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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Jelle van Baardewijk

Responsibility sometimes entails making tough decisions. But how do you make the right choices? Jelle provides 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 ourselves. We want to do our job well, but not forsake our family. Jelle notices a tendency for cherry picking in our society. Mindfulness or yoga is the answer one day and finding salvation in an ideology or religion the other day. What if you can’t have it all at the same time? In this lecture, Jelle explains how ethics work, why ethics is mostly about saying ‘no’ and how it is most often the question of which values should prevail that make ethics such an interesting topic for discussion.

Jelle is a lecturer in business ethics at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. He is a philosopher affiliated with the Department of Public Administration and Political Science at VU University Amsterdam.

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Merel Teunissen

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 is editor at Mediaforum, a magazine about communication law.

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Andreas Wismeijer

Everyone has secrets. At home and in the professional workplace. Secrets for colleagues, for other departments, for clients, regulators, media…  But what kind of secrets do we mostly carry with us? How do we keep something secret? Why do we -almost always- share our deepest secrets? 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 regularly performs on radio and television programs to talk about secrets and manipulation.

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Psychology of selves

Gijs Deckers

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. Quarreling will never be the same. You learn to understand yourself better and you will also recognize 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

Judith Noorman

Judith Noorman lectures about master forgers. She addresses questions such as “What is real?” “How can master forgers often get away with their crimes for so long, and what does that say about our trust?” “How do you actually make a fake of a Dutch master?” “And above all, how do you recognize one?” Current issues, such as the newly discovered Rembrandt paintings and the most expensive painting ever sold: Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci, are also addressed.

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

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Thijs Launspach

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, quarter-life 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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Public speaking

Michael Diederich

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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