Wednesday 2 September

Smart Society

12.40 – 13.35 hrs Maarten Stei
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Wednesday 16 September

Vibrant Cities

12.40 – 13.35 hrs

Prof.dr. Pieter Hooimeij
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Thursday 24 September

PechaKucha Eindhoven vol. 18

20.20 hours

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Tuesday 29 September

Future perspectives in chemistry

11.00 - 12.00 hrs

Professor Jean-Marie Leh
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Wednesday 30th September

The social robot

12.40-13.35 hrs

Prof. dr. Eric Postma
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Wednesday 7 October

Climate Proof Cities

12.40 – 13.35 hrs

Ronald Albers MSc. MPA
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Monday 19 October


10.00 hrs

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Wednesday 21 October


12.40 – 13.35 hrs

Michiel Hulshof
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Wednesday 23 May
11.45-13.00 hrs

Human enhancement technologies

Speaker: Prof. dr. Ruud ter Meulen

Location: Blauwe Zaal Auditorium

Biotechnologies are generally developed to heal people from severe diseases . However, many of these technologies have the potential to be used beyond the frame of therapy as a way to improve or enhance normal human capacities. Biotechnologies can help to make people think better, to improve their memory and perception, to feel happier, to improve physical skills in sports, music, dance, or to extend the normal human life-span. In view of the potential of biotechnologies (and other technologies like nanotechnologies and information technologies) to change our capacities, there is an ethical debate whether such an enhancement may alter our sense of self, our human nature and our relation with other life forms. Moreover, there is a concern about the impact of these technologies on our society and the position of vulnerable groups. Is enhancement a good thing in itself or will it expose our human nature, our personal life and our society to irreversible damage? Professor Ruud ter Meulen (Centre for Ethics in Medicine, University of Bristol ) addresses some of these questions, particularly those concerning the moral value of enhancement.