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Public Symposium

Dawn of a New Age in Science

When 9 October 2017 from 19:00 to 21:00 hrs
Where Openbare Bibliotheek van Amsterdam, Theaterzaal OBA, zevende etage, Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam
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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 Durston, professor of Development Disorders of the Brain, University Medical Centre Utrecht 
  • Eveline Crone, professor of Neurocognitive Developmental Psychology, Leiden University 
  • Hilde Geurts, professor of Autism, University of Amsterdam (subject to change)
  • Peter Paul Verbeek, professor of Philosophy of Technology, University of Twente 
  • Ton Baggerman, psychotherapist 
  • Henry Stapp, quantum physicist, University of California, Berkeley 
  • Erik Verlinde, professor of Theoretical Physics, University of Amsterdam 
  • Bert-Jaap Koops, professor of Regulation and Technology, Tilburg University 
  • Jenny Slatman, professor of Medical Humanities, Tilburg University 
  • John Colmey, director of Communications, Outreach and Engagement, Center for International Forestry Research
  • Amina Helmi, professor of Dynamics, Structure and Formation of the Milky Way, University of Groningen 
  • Marjan Minnesma, director of Urgenda
  • Jan Willem Romeijn, professor 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).

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