Date: Thursday June 8th, 2017 14.00-17.45 hrs.

Location: Hijmans van den Bergh building (UMC Utrecht, Heidelberglaan 100, Utrecht, foyer 1-level resp. foyer 0-level).

We start with coffee and tea at the foyer 1 and then will move on to foyer 0 to start the programme. When you enter the Hijmans van den Bergh building, follow the signs Dare to Cross Over!

Programme Dare to Cross Over! 2017


Registration, Coffee and tea (foyer level 1)


Opening and Welcome (foyer level 0)

Prof. dr. Marijk van der Wende (Dean of Graduate Studies)


Truth, Beauty and Goodness: The Role of Science in a Democratic Society.

What is the role of the university in the apparent ‘fact-free’ era we find ourselves in? How to respond to widespread skepticism, as evidenced by the recent political victories of ‘anti-establishment’ politicians? How to prepare students for a world in which scientific and academic truths are no longer self-evident? How to ensure that graduates are able to distinguish facts from “fake or alternative facts”. What does this imply for (graduate) education?

Panel discussion with:

Prof. dr. Berent Prakken (Vice Dean education, UMCU)

Dr. Ir. Melanie Peters (Director Rathenau Institute for Research & Dialogue on Science, Technology and Innovation). 

Prof. dr. James Kennedy (Dean University College Utrecht)

Sandra van der Hel, MSc. (PhD candidate, Copernicus institute)


Poem by Dide van Eck MSc

Dide van Eck graduated from the Research Master of Public Administration and Organizational Science at Utrecht University, in which she she experimented with using arts-based research in the inquiry and representation of her data.


Posters presentations, performance and refreshments

See which students are presenting their posters

Performance by Jorrit Thijn, HKU master crossover creativity.


Piano performance by Idwer Doosje, MSc

Idwer Doosje graduated from the research master Public Administration and Organizational Science and is a research composer who aspires to combine science and art through his music.


Student Pitches followed by Q&A with Expert Panel on two stages

Presentations of 8 selected examples of exceptional work by Utrecht’s graduate students who dare to cross over the boundaries of academic disciplines, science, arts, society or enterprise.

Stage Natural and Life Sciences: Bart Lutters, Colinda Scheele, Vincent Oberdorf and Nienke Wolfhagen (Will e-network)
Stage Social Sciences and Humanities: Willem Boon, Suzanne Bloks, Dom Weinberg and Rosa Wevers

See the jury members.


Awards and Closing


Posters, career networking & refreshments