education mindwise
Mindwise Debate
Tuesday 27 November 2018

Standardization on what students should know and be able to do on completing their education supports a level of equity, but it restraints personalized goals, paths, and pace. Can diversity and standardization co-exist in education?
This debate will bring together two teams composed of RUG staff members and students on the statement: Increasing standardization in our education system undermines diversity.

Mindwise Debate | 27 November 2018

Impact of Inequality
Dimitris Ballas, Danny Dorling, Kate Pickett, Richard Wilkinson
Wednesday 14 November 2018

Inequality is a key political issue of our time. This event provides an overview of the increasingly compelling evidence of the impact of income and wealth inequality upon human well-being. It brings together world leading researchers in economic and social geography, social epidemiology and social justice.

Speakers and themes of the evening are:

The Impact of Inequality | Wednesday 14 November

tim de zeeuw
Blaauw lecture
Tim de Zeeuw
Wednesday 31 October 2018

Today’s telescopes allow studies of the Universe from its earliest stages to the present-day, and provide firm evidence for planets orbiting other stars. They may -- in the future -- reveal the existence of life on other worlds. Such exciting discoveries are made possible thanks to key technological advances and to strong international cooperation.

Blaauw Lecture 2018: The World's Most Advanced Eyes on the Sky | Tim de Zeeuw

Els van Diggele, co-speaker Jan Keulen
Tuesday 18 September 2018

It’s a question asked around the world: after decades of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, why do we seem further than ever from a resolution? Historian Els van Diggele reaches an unsparing conclusion: a main reason for the failure to achieve a Palestinian state is dissension among Palestinians. She spent a year living in the heart of Ramallah, interviewing dissident intellectuals about politics, history and their lives.

Jamie Bartlett
Wednesday 12 September 2018

Tech has radically changed the way we live our lives. But have we unwittingly handed too much away to shadowy powers behind a wall of code, all manipulated by a handful of Silicon Valley utopians, ad men, and venture capitalists? And, in light of recent data breach scandals around companies like Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, what does that mean for democracy, our system of government that was created long before big data, total information and artificial intelligence?

How the Internet is Killing Democracy - 12 September 2018

Eric Bergshoeff and Daniel Baumann
Thursday 31 May 2018

Stephen Hawking, the world-famous theoretical physicist who passed away this year, was an inspiring scientist. His fame among researchers was founded on his studies about general relativity, quantum gravity and black holes. On top of that, he was an inspiring public figure who published the bestseller A Brief History of Time, in which he mused that the discovery of an overarching theory of everything would allow us to "know the mind of God".

Stephen Hawking: A Scientific Star? - 31 May 2018