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NFA day 2024
9 Oct. 2017 -
19:00 - 21:00
Openbare Bibliotheek
Theaterzaal (7th floor)

Dawn of a New Age in Science at OBA

Public Symposium


Is it time to change the way we think about science? During this evening symposium, a highly diverse panel of experts will consider this question by examining various subjects that our current scientific paradigm cannot adequately explain. This event was initiated by NIAS Fellows Sarah Durston and Hilde Geurts.

The way that we think about science is changing. The current scientific paradigm is based on Cartesian and Newtonian insights and is now 350 years old. It has been exceptionally powerful and fuelled the Enlightenment, modern technology and the West’s prosperity. But there are phenomena that these ideas cannot adequately explain, such as consciousness and the latest advances in modern physics. Today’s climate and humanitarian crises also call for a fresh perspective. During this symposium, our panel of experts will examine these issues and whether we need to challenge the assumptions of our current scientific paradigm.


Sarah DurstonProfessor of Development Disorders ofUniversity Medical Centre Utrecht
Eveline CroneProfessor of Neurocognitive Developmental Psychology,
Hilde GeurtsProfessor of Autism,
Peter Paul VerbeekProfessor of Philosophy of Technology,
Ton BaggermanPsychotherapist
Henry StappQuantum physicist, University of California, Berkeley
Erik VerlindeProfessor of Theoretical Physics, University of Amsterdam
Bert-Jaap KoopsProfessor of Regulation and Technology, Tilburg University
Jenny SlatmarProfessor of Medical Humanities, Ti Iburg University
John ColmeyDirector of Communications,
Amina HelmiProfessor of Dynamics, Structure and Formation of the Milky Way, University of Groningen
Marjan MinnesmaDirector of Urgenda
Jan Willem RomeijnProfessor of Philosophy of Science, University of Groningen

Moderator: Margriet van der Heijden

The discussions will take place in English.


You are welcome to attend this symposium. Participation is free of charge, but you must register in advance by completing the registration form (KNAW website).