Student Presentations

These are the students who will pitch their research during Dare to Cross Over 2017!

Bart Lutters, Selective Utrecht Medical Master (SUMMA), Faculty of Medicine

Brainwaves in concert: the twentieth century sonification of the electroencephalogram.

Over the past decade, sonification, the transformation of data into sound, has received considerable attention from the scientific and artistic community.This interplay between science and art is beautifully demonstrated by the sonification of the electroencephalogram (EEG), a practice that was first described in the early 1930s and subsequently gave rise to a variety of medical and artistic applications. Here, we aim to place the sonification of the EEG in its historical context, thereby seeking to draw attention to the previously underexposed scientific technique of sonification, but also to illustrate the way in which the domains of science and art may, perhaps more than occasionally, enhance one another.  

Colinda Scheele, PhD student Cancer, Stem Cells & Developmental Biology, Van Rheenen lab, Cancer Biophysics, Hubrecht Institute

How fundamental physics tackles key issues in biology: a branching storyline.

Complex branched structures have been puzzling biologists for decades; how do for example branches of trees arise, and are these processes similar to the formation of the branched epithelium of organs (such as kidneys or mammary glands) in mammals? Moreover, does the branching pattern of an organ influence organ failure and disease? Throughout evolution complex branched structures have stayed incredibly similar, indicating that there is a uniform, and general mechanism by which branching occurs. To understand the dynamics behind complex branched structures, we came up with a unique multi-disciplinary approach, and combined fundamental physics and computational modelling to understand the biology of branching morphogenesis ranging from the full organ level towards the single cell level. 

Dom Weinberg, Development and Socialisation in Childhood and Adolescence (Research Master’s) Social and Behavioural Sciences.

The National Environment and Adolescent Physical Activity: A Multilevel Study in 29 European Countries

Most European adolescents do not do enough physical activity, so this study aimed to understand why some countries have more active adolescents than other countries. Using data from 29 countries and over 100,000 11- to 15-year-olds, we found that national differences in the physical, socio-cultural and economic environment (such as temperature, urbanisation, safety and household income) explained variation in adolescent physical activity. 

Rosa Wevers, research master Gender & Ethnicity

Arts and Biometrics

My research focuses on artistic interrogations of biometric technologies. I investigate which questions these works evoke, and how and why many artists propose strategies of resistance against biometric technologies. Thereby I am especially interested in the attention that is drawn to the position of marginalized identities with regards to biometrics.

Vincent Oberdorf, International Development Studies, Department of Geosciences

Blockchain and Land Development: The potential impact of Blockchain technology on land development in Ghana

As Africa faces increasing (inter)national pressure on its land, this land needs to be protected, managed and developed. Where the government and customary sectors lack behind, the private sector is developing digitized land management platforms, using Blockchain technology. This research analyses the potential impact of these platforms on macro (government, customary authorities) and micro-level (potential user groups).

Will-e network: Anna Vera Verschuur, Astrid Garretsen, Gijsbert Schouten, Moska Hellamand, Nienke Wolfhagen: Avicenna Excellence Program 2017

Will-e network: Bringing Healthcare Innovations to the Patients!

Will-e network is a new online platform where innovators, business professionals, lawyers, doctors, patients and others with the right skills meet. Innovators can register with their healthcare innovation and indicate their preferences for co-founders in terms of experience, knowledge, skills and interests. Potential co-founders can be matched to innovators based on specific search criteria and they can meet the innovator in real life to decide whether they will build a startup together.

Willem Boon, Nanomaterials chemistry and physics, Complex systems studies

Optimal exit strategies for darknet drug markets

The aim of this research is to explore the economics of online drug markets, also known as darknet markets. Using methods from resource war models and statistical mechanics, a perfectly rational actor is modeled. Webcrawls and FBI reports supply empirical data. An excellent fit between the modeled and measured exit strategies is found.

Suzanne Bloks, Legal Research Master, Utrecht School of Law

Referendums in Representative Democracy: Learning from Social Choice Theory.

Should representative democracy be supplemented with referendums? This research opens the eyes of the legal-political scholar to the insights of social choice theory. It shows that the debate overlooks the difference between a referendum majority and a parliamentary majority and disregards the importance of the referendum design for its value in representative democracy.


And poster presentations from Dona Barirani, Peter Beerten, Daniëlle Bruel, Evelien de Vries (DIVECAP team), Kristof Fellegi (Konjoin), Amal Jamalpoor, Brigitta Keij, Richelle Kosse, Rok Kranjc, Joost Linthorst, Michail Moatsos, Hendrik Nunner, Pim Post, Kaylee Rosalina, Benjamin Rosche, Hosseen Sadeghi, Mohammed Saleh, Jochem van den Berg, Peter van der Hem, Wendy van Dongen, Valerie Buys (Medpacker), Abel Vertesy, Joscelyne Williams