Category Archives: Curiosity
For the second year in a row, KVS and VUB unite forces to kick off the academic and cultural year. At MINDBLOWERS, don’t expect any puffed-up speeches or highfalutin lectures. No: short, powerful interventions at the crossroads of arts, culture, research and reflection. At the intersection of activism, ‘artivism’ and academia. This second edition of […]
A conversation about the lightness of being – including how to solve Olber’s paradox, how to measure the speed of light, and how to become (in)visibile. Full interview (in Dutch) can be found here.
Opinion piece in Belgian newspaper De Morgen. Science is a story of many punctuation marks. The facts (!) the context (,) the nuance (;) but also the questions (?). In this article, we highlight about the importance of those question marks. Full article can be read here.
Plenary lecture at the Earth, Space and Science, organized by the National Committee of Chemistry together with the Jeunesses Scientifiques, les Olympiades. Presenting my ideas on the future of Science and Education to more than 220 young students.
What does it mean to be invisible? And will we ever buy one of those invisibility cloaks? The science is even better than the science fiction. The full interview (in Dutch) can be found here.
Opinion piece by the Young Academy in the Belgian newspaper De Standaard on the occasion of the 2018 March for Science. A plea to invest more in science and education. It is the only way to create a society based on critical thinking. The full article can be found here.
On the importance of different scientific languages and the art of scientific translations.
Opinion piece in Belgian newspaper De Standaard. The way in which universities are funded restricts risky research. Full article can be read here.
The 2017 Chemistry for the Future Solvay Prize was awarded to Professor Susumu Kitagawa for his work in developing metal organic frameworks, a new class of materials with a range of potential future applications, including the capturing of polluting gases. I delivered a speech, titled A conversation between Einstein, Magritte and Harry Potter, at this Solvay Prize […]
A surprising conversation on how we express knowledge. The full interview (in Dutch) can be found here.