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EUCxInspire: Seeing the Unseen | Erasmus University College (EUC) | dinsdag, 18. april 2017

Welcome to EUCxInspire's first ever event - Seeing the Unseen!

You may have seen the logo on the university screens, stickers on the laptops of supporters or the excited smiles of the team every time the event is mentioned, but now we can finally present to you what we have been working on for the past months. Continue reading to find out more about what is to come!

What is EUCxInspire and how does it work?

We are a student-led initiative from the Erasmus University College in Rotterdam, aiming to create a conference-styled event to spur conversation and ideas between speakers and our students and staff. Alongside the antipasti and drinks, speakers will join us for an evening filled with short talks to refresh your mind on an infinite range of topics, all falling under our umbrella theme of 'Seeing the Unseen'. By embracing individuality in thought, speakers will interpret this theme in whichever way they choose to do so.

What are our values?

Our primary goal is to provide an atmosphere that encourages critical, creative and/or innovative ways of seeing certain topics or issues. Bringing together the community of EUC is important for us, and we hope to be able to strengthen the core values that EUC itself already presents, including that of multi-disciplinary, open-minded and passionate thinking.

We hope you are just as excited as we are for this, and we're looking forward to seeing your faces at ticket sales and the event! The event page will be updated regularly as new speakers are confirmed. Please don't hestiate to contact us if you have any questions!
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  • Finally, it is time to introduce our last speaker - Fabian Dudek, coming straight from Berlin! Fabian is 24 years old and he is the founder of the start-up Nestpick which at its peak employed around 150 employees and received $11 million in Series A funding. Like us he studied for his bachelor here in Rotterdam whilst setting up Nestpick and moving the company from Rotterdam to Berlin. After leaving Nestpick last year he now works as a consultant in Germany, the Netherlands, and the States, whilst also working hard on his next start-up business venture. Fabian’s talk is titled "Values are only valuable when lived" and it will focus on priorities in life, and how we should rethink those in order to optimize the lives we live. He will be outlining why he believes that when our priorities in discourse become our priorities in action, we build societies in which happiness is our only metric, and the road on how to get there. If you want to learn more about him, this is his "story until now": https://medium.com/@fabdudek/my-story-until-now-6467c2db0f56
  • Time for yet another introduction :) Sari Aziz, an associate legal officer at the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in the Hague, will give a talk entitled 'The Pathless Journey to a Meaningful Career'. In this talk, she will share her experience in making professional choices, guided by inner awareness, inspired by the values of equality and justice, and motivated by the desire to connect with those who are invisible. She got her Master in Law from Harvard Law School, and went on to be very successful in her career, as she was a research associate at the Centre for International Law at the National University of Singapore, worked with the UN development programme in Indonesia for Legal Empowerment and Assistance to the Disadvantaged Project and the Access to Justice Project, and worked in California at the War Crimes Studies Centre. Additionally, Sari has also served as oralist, trainer and judge for various international law moot court competitions. Needless to say, she has a lot of experience, and she is more than willing to share it with you guys, so come at listen to her talk next tuesday, the 18th! :D Click on 'attending' for more updates and introductions.
  • Hey guys - tickets are officially on sale! If you would like to attend this event next week, please be sure to transfer the amount (€1.50 for EUCSA members, €2.50 for non-members) to the EUCSA bank account. Details as follows: Account name: EUCSA IBAN: NL97 ABNA 0616 7422 74 Message: Your full name and, if applicable, names of others you are paying for + 'EUCxInspire event'
  • Time to introduce our next speaker, someone that you must all surely know - Maarten Frens! It is our dean's final year at EUC, and subsequently one of his final chances to be able to give an impactful speech to the student body he helped create. After the end of this academic year, he will once again be directing his energy towards the Frenslab at Erasmus MC. Titled as “Reality is a special illusion”, the talk aims to discuss the daily struggle of the human brain in estimating what is really going on around us with overloads of noisy and ambiguous sensory information. Vision is a vigorous and active process, where what we see has largely been made up by ourselves. Thus, it is argued we see is not the objective truth of what really surrounds us because of the high levels of interpretation and filtering that our brains execute. If this brief scope of Maarten's talk intrigues you, be sure to stick around to hear more about the event - ticket sales begin next week and are on a first come, first serve basis so make sure you click attending to receive the latest updates!
  • Need a little extra motivation to come to our event? Maybe our next speaker introduction will convince you ;) Our third speaker is a special one, because she is one of EUC's very own alumni, Lauren Verheyen! She is currently doing a research master at the University of Leiden in Arts & Culture, and she's also working at a local art & culture platform, showroom MAMA. Her talk, entitled "Visualing Climate Change", aims to raise awareness of how the art world is responding to the notion of climate change, specifically focusing on aesthetics. The idea is to provoke a discussion as to how this response can encourage us to combat climate change, raising questions such as: can art be a solution or does it help us move towards a solution? Interested? Click on 'attending' for more updates and introductions! :D
  • Time for another introduction! :D "Imagine children in a slum in Delhi encountering computers inserted in a hole in a wall and somehow miraculously teaching themselves physics and biology. This is not fiction, but an example of many actual major projects launched around the world, driven by technology enthusiasts." The second speaker we invited, Payal Arora, will be giving a talk entitled: 'Silicon Valley’s human laboratories'. In this talk, she will describe how poverty has become the most powerful testbed for technology innovations, and critically review how technology may or may not have the potential to save a lost generation of poor children whose schools and teachers fail them. She draws upon her experience from working as an associate professor at the EUR, and founding Catalyst Lab, a center that reignites relations between academia, industry and the public via innovative social media campaigns. More information about her and this topic can be found here! http://www.payalarora.com/ And don't forget to click on 'attending' for more updates! :)
  • As promised, we will start introducing the speakers, to give you an idea of what we have in store for you. The first one is 𝗡𝗶𝗰𝗼 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗻𝗲𝗯𝗮𝘂𝗺! :D After graduating from UCU in 2009, he went on to do a Masters in Ancient Philology, in Jerusalem. He is now a passionate teacher of Greek and Latin in Hilversum. In his talk, entitled "𝘚𝘦𝘦, 𝘒𝘯𝘰𝘸, 𝘛𝘳𝘶𝘴𝘵", he will address the tension between the difficulty of ascertaining any of the unseen aspects of reality on the one hand, and their fundamental importance for our lives on the other. Intrigued? Click on 'attending' to receive more event updates and speaker introductions!
  • It's so nice to see that already many of you are interested in our event! As promised, more information will be given as the weeks go by and our speakers will be introduced to you. Firstly, however, we would like to quickly introduce ourselves - the faces behind EUCxInspire! Jan Hoekman and Doni Georgiev took it upon themselves to start this entire thing last year, and have been vital to the organisation of this event. Working together with the rest of the team, the two are highly motivated to make sure this event turns out great. You can thank Nina Wang, Samantha Gabriella and Roosmarijn Peters for researching and reaching out to potential speakers and establishing contact with them, and Sophie Crotty and Robert Be for sorting out all logistics (like catering, the fun stuff). Finally, we have Luca van Deursen and Mona Hanway (me) that are working on marketing this event to ensure that you are all convinced that it is worth attending ;) Feel free to come up to any of us for any questions that you may have!