Staff in the news

Ferenc Laczó interviewed by BBC World Service’s The Inquiry

Ferenc Laczó acted as one of four expert witnesses on the BBC World Service’s programme ‘The Inquiry’. The episode of 14 March posed the following question: will populism destroy the European Union?

Klaartje Peters provincial elections analist on L1, on 20 March

On Wednesday 20 March, the next Dutch provincial elections take place. In the evening Klaartje Peters is a guest in the L1 Studio as an analist. More information is available online.

Thomas Christiansen interviewed by the oldest Japanese newspaper, Mainichi

In a wide-ranging interview with Mainichi’s Brussels correspondent, Prof. Thomas Christiansen discussed the rise of populism in Europe, the implications of Brexit and expectations for the upcoming EP elections. In his responses he emphasised the remarkable unity of the EU27 during the Brexit negotiations and highlighted the damage that Brexit is causing to Britain’s (trade) relations, not only in Europe but also globally.

Katleen Gabriels lectures on ‘Can robots discriminate?’

Katleen Gabriels gave a lecture for the Universiteit van Vlaanderen (the Flemish counterpart of ‘Universiteit van Nederland’) on ‘Can robots discriminate?’.

Throughout the history of technology there are many discriminating designs. We, humans, have a lot of prejudices in general, conscious and unconscious. And designers are only humans too…

Gabriels explains in the lecture how discrimination surreptitiously sneaks into computer technology.

Sally Wyatt in aftermovie Synergy Conference 2019

On 7 February the Synergy Conference 2019 took place in Bussum. The NWO domain SGW (Social Sciences and Humanities) welcomed over 200 visitors, ranging from researchers, directors, policy makers to professionals of social organisations. Sally Wyatt was one of the keynote speakers and can also be seen in the aftermovie of the conference.

Katleen Gabriels in national newspaper NRC and on

The Dutch national newspaper NRC published an article on parents tracking their kids digitally; how much freedom does a child still get? (Gps-tracking, familie-WhatsApp en Magister: kinderen worden beperkt in hun vrijheid). Gabriels says that due to the new technologies we tend to confuse control with care. Read the full article online.

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Patrick Bijsmans part of discussionprogramme Roundtable about Brexit

TRT World, the international branch of the Turkish national station, hosted Patrick Bijsmans as part of their discussion programme Roundtable. The topic was: ‘Battle for Brexit: What does Europe think?’.

The full episode is available online.

Sally Wyatt at online platform Innovation Origins

The Online Platform Innovation Origins visited the new year reception of the Brightlands Smart Services Campus in Heerlen. Sally Wyatt talked with video artist Geert Mul about what technology actually is.

A report is available online.

Manuel Stoffers on radio L1mburg evening show

The ‘Avondshow’ of Radio L1mburg invited Manuel Stoffers to talk about why inhabitants of South-Limburg cycle less than other Dutch people. The hills play a role, but they are not the only reason…

The full episode is available online.

Patrick Bijsmans appears in TRT World’s ‘Roundtable’ to discuss Brexit

On 30 January 2019 Patrick Bijsmans appeared in TRT World’s discussion programme ‘Roundtable‘, broadcast out of London and presented by David Foster (formerly Sky News and Al-Jazeera English). Another week another vote in British Parliament over Brexit. So who is more terrified of a no-deal Brexit. The UK or those on the other side of the channel?

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