Joeri Bruyninckx and Karin Bijsterveld join Evening of Science and Society

On Monday 9 October 2017, Joeri Bruyninckx and Karin Bijsterveld acted as ‘table scholars’ (‘tafelwetenschappers’) at the Evening of Science and Society (‘Avond van Wetenschap en Maatschappij’) in the Ridderzaal, The Hague. The evening aimed to bring together scholars and representatives of societal institutions – in the domains of politics, media, art, health, labour etc – to exchange ideas and foster the use of science.

Much to Joeri’s surprise, the Ridderzaal had no address; the Dutch are supposed to know where it is located. The evening’s aim is to bring scholars and representatives of societal institutions—in the domains of politics, media, art, health and labour for instance—together to exchange ideas and foster the use of science. Each year, twenty-five duos of senior and junior scholars are invited to present (junior) and chair a discussion about (senior) their research projects at a dinner table with about twelve guests. After a first round of presentations and discussions, the table arrangements are reshuffled, and the table scholars present and discuss their work once again, to and with another group of guests. The context is acoustically challenging—with 25 scholars and subsequently several of the 275 guests talking at the same time. Karin and Joeri’s theme was “The Art of Eavesdropping,” including eavesdropping on nature. For a summary of Joeri’s speech, click here.


(AWM plafond Ridderzaal)                                       

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