From Monday through Friday, there will be a daily bring-your-own-lunch meeting during Utrecht Science Week! As diverse as Utrecht Science Park’s ‘residents’ are, so too are the topics you can explore during the lunch break in the pavilion in the Botanical Gardens. Come join us! Admission is free (but be sure to register beforehand).
On Monday 3 October, we’ll start things off with the topic Humans and animals: healthy and sustainable coexistence.
Debbie Jaarsma will lead a discussion with Lidwien Smit and Franck Meijboom.
From 12:30 to 13:30.
On Tuesday 4 October, we’ll focus on the question: ‘Plant-based nutrition, the new standard in healthcare?’.
Arte Groenewegen and Jopke Janmaat, founders of the successful student collective ‘de CO₂-assistent’, with speak with guests including Myrthe Frissen.
From 12:00 to 13:00.
On Wednesday 5 October, you’ll hear all about the First Generation Fund from founder Charisma Hehakaya. What are the challenges that pioneering first-generation students face, and how can you help?
From 12:00 to 13:00.
On Thursday 6 October, we’ll take a closer look at green chemistry: Bert Weckhuysen will discuss the question: ‘From which carbon source will we make our products of the future?’.
From 12:00 to 14:00.
On Friday 7 October, we’ll conclude the series with HU GEZOND&WEL: Lizet van Ewijk: ‘We are focused on the living environment in the broadest sense and the various social settings in which people interact and learn to adopt healthier behaviours. It is here that we can raise awareness of healthier behaviours and reduce health inequalities.’
From 12:00 to 13:00.
More information about the content can be found in the timetable on this website. Register now for one or more bring-your-own-lunch meetings via the timetable. That way you’ll be sure to have a spot in the pavilion!
Admission is free.
Don’t be late: we will start – and end – on time.
Naturally, you are also welcome to attend without bringing your own lunch. Sandwiches and other items will be available for purchase on site.
TIP: Now that you’re here, check out the timetable. There are many more interesting things to see and do, both in the pavilion and elsewhere at Utrecht Science Park.
Admission is free for all programme events, but be sure to register in advance.
Will you come up with the winning solution for a more sustainable city? During the Sustainable City Challenge, you’ll tackle questions about the future of the city, such as: how can we make a street healthier, or how do we ensure that a car-free neighbourhood is still easily accessible? We will announce the winners during the Grand Finale of Utrecht Science Week on 7 October.
The challenge is organised by the Utrecht Challenge Alliance, in collaboration with: Goed op Weg, Merwedelab, UCo – Utrecht Community, RIVM, CAB Lab, Energie Samen, HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Utrecht University, ROC Midden-Nederland and the Municipality of Utrecht.
Why should you participate?
During this challenge, you will join other students and experts to explore what we can do to live and work in a healthier and more sustainable manner. You’ll work in an interdisciplinary team of students from UU, ROC, MN and HU. You’ll get the latest insights about health and sustainability and learn more about design thinking, future scenarios and concept development. You’ll work on concrete sustainable and healthy solutions, for yourself and for others.
Not to mention: this is the perfect opportunity to experience the Grand Finale of Utrecht Science Week. You don’t want to miss it!
The working days for the teams will be 14 September and 27 through 30 September. The finals will be held on Friday 7 October.
For more information about the challenge, participation and registration (open until 12 September), please visit the website.
07-07-2022 An informative talk show about animal welfare and animal-free innovation
Taking place as it does on World Animal Day, this year’s Utrecht Knowledge Event (Utrecht Maakt Kennis) will be all about laboratory animals. Did you know that half a million laboratory animals are used for animal testing in the Netherlands each year? No fewer than 88% of animal studies result in the death of the animals involved. Ouch. What are the reasons for the continued prevalence of animal testing and how realistic is it to expect an end to this practice? A panel discussion between animal welfare campaigner Giel Beelen, Professor Cyrille Krul and a group of Life Sciences students from HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht.
Even though cosmetics tests on animals were banned in the EU in 2013, animal testing continues to be widespread, for instance in the pharmaceutical and food industries. Is there no other way? HU students and staff are hard at work on alternative methods that make use of organoids and computer modelling. ‘It has to be done faster and it has to be done differently,’ argues Professor Cyrille Krul, whose research activities focus on the transition toward animal-free innovation. Cyrille will tell us more about what HU is doing in this area and her contributions to a revolutionary new approach. This research is not only taking place within the research group Innovative Testing in Life Sciences & Chemistry, but is also being undertaken by HU students! Recently, a group of Life Sciences students won first prize in the Applied Science Pitch Competition with their pitch on animal-free innovation. They will also be on hand at the Utrecht Knowledge Event to give us an update.
Joining them will be animal welfare campaigner Giel Beelen. He will talk about what the media can do to call more attention to animal testing and change public opinion. In the past, he has taken part in a ‘pork gala dinner’ to protest against animal testing and handed out the House of Animals Awards, which encourage media figures to pay more attention to animal welfare. Giel has proven himself adept at using the mass media to expose wrongdoing, with a televised stunt that saw him being force-fed by animal rights activists as one of the highlights. How does he feel about animal testing and how could the media help to bring us one step closer to a future without it?
In addition, the programme will feature a performance by Utrecht spoken-word artist Tom Strik, who will give a blow-by-blow account of the discussion in the form of word art. The event will be hosted by theatre maker Patrick Nederkoorn and a student programmer for Podium.
Venue: Utrecht Library Theatre
For more information and to register: www.podium.hu.nl
Over the past months, a lot of behind-the-scenes work has taken place to organise the new edition of Utrecht Science Week. Together with the organisations that make up Utrecht Science Park, an extensive programme has been compiled for the week from 30 September to 7 October. The varied programme is online from today. Come, see and hear how science and craftsmanship reinforce each other at Utrecht Science Park on the way to a healthy, sustainable society. Intended for everyone who works, studies or is generally interested in the scientific achievements in Utrecht or their application. Take a look at the events you can already register for!
A small selection from the programme: the Utrecht Science Week gets off to a good start on Friday 30 September with the “Back to the future” conference on 100 years of laboratory-based education and the renowned Betweter Festival in TivoliVredenburg. On Saturday and Sunday, the doors of several locations in Utrecht Science Park will be opened to the public during the national Weekend of Science. Throughout the following week, there will be lectures, debates and “bring-your-own-lunch meetings” on a wide range of subjects. Tuesday 4 October is HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht’s Sustainability Day. Thursday 6 October is the Healthy Living Theme Day, featuring Jaap van Dissel and a lecture tour with Utrecht University’s alumna of the year, Marion Koopmans.
The Utrecht Science Week will conclude on Friday 7 October with the Utrecht Science Lecture by Hans Clevers and the finals of the Sustainable Campus Challenges in which students pitch their ideas for a sustainable living environment.
This second edition of the Utrecht Science Week will also focus on Utrecht’s 900th anniversary celebrations and in particular the theme ‘City Without Walls’. Together with Utrecht Marketing, the organisation is working on a programme to give participants in the Utrecht Science Week a taste of the anniversary celebrations in the city.
Are you as excited as we are? Check out online which events you can already register for. More programme components will be announced throughout the summer, so follow Utrecht Science Week on www.utrechtscienceweek.nl and via social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
11 May 2022 – Lidwien Smit and Franck Meijboom gave a sneak preview of this discussion when they recently interviewed each other in Illuster, in which they talked about fostering a healthy and sustainable society.
25 April 2022 –
On 10 December 1821, the Veterinary Medicine programme was launched. 200 years later, on 10 December 2021, Utrecht University’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine marked the start of the celebrations of this very special anniversary. The celebrations will conclude with a jubilee party at the end of June.
However, we will be extending the celebrations for a little longer during Utrecht Science Week!
On the afternoon of Wednesday, 5 October, we will highlight the substantial contemporary impact that veterinary medicine has on society when the following speakers tell wonderful stories about Utrecht University’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine:
Saskia Arndt, Professor of Animal Behaviour, discussing animal welfare and behaviour
Alain de Bruin, Professor of Pathobiology and Head of Biomolecular Health Sciences, discussing cancer in animals and humans.
Inga Wolframm, Head of Social Valorisation, discussing context. The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has played a central role in society for over 200 years, although recent developments have intensified the relevance of veterinary science to unprecedented levels. Through its research, education and patient care, the faculty and its partners strive to make a difference to the health and welfare of animals and humans.
Participation in the event is open to all interested parties. Make sure to check the website and social media channels regularly, so that you can register on time!
5 April 2022 – Prof. Miriam Koopman, internist-oncologist at UMC Utrecht, will be discussing the development of individualised new drugs and treatments during the Healthy Living theme day in the morning of Thursday 6 October. The integration of care and research is a key part of these efforts. Koopman is a founding member of the PLCRC nationwide colon cancer research group. This multidisciplinary cohort conducts clinical scientific research, drawing on data and materials from a growing number of participating patients (over 13,000 at the time of writing). Learning from each patient to improve care for the next!
30 March 2022 – Tjeerd de Groot, member of the D66 party in the House of Representatives, advocates a radical reconsideration of animal studies policy. He will set out his position in the debate on animal-free innovations on the Healthy Living theme day during Utrecht Science Week, on Thursday, 6 October. (more…)
30 March 2022 – As part of the Healthy Living theme day during Utrecht Science Week, Prof. Wouter Dhert will lead a debate on animal-free innovations.
One of the participants will be Prof. Jeroen Pasterkamp, professor of Translational Neuroscience at University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC Utrecht) and Utrecht University.
28 March 2022 – On Thursday October 6, Healthy Living theme day, Prof. Wouter Dhert, scientific director of Innovations Life Sciences Utrecht University, will lead a debate about dilemmas surrounding innovations without laboratory animals.
Prof. dr. Dr Daniela Salvatori, professor of comparative anatomy and physiology at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University, is one of the participants in this debate. Together with colleagues from Utrecht University, UMC Utrecht and HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, she founded TPI Utrecht (Transition to Innovation in Animal Testing).
Participation in the theme day ‘healthy living’ is open to all interested parties. Keep an eye on the site and our socials to register in time!