Public Dialogues

The New Utrecht School organises several public dialogues at the intersection of the sciences, the health domain, and the arts. The following public dialogues were organised in the past:

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Tell Yourself

How do events during your early development influence the further development of your personal identity and your role in society? And what is the importance of development and ownership for positive health? Continue Reading

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Trial & Error in Science

How do researchers in Utrecht get to work in the lab in innovative ways? And how do they translate their fundamental research to the public? Continue Reading


It's Getting Hot

What is the relationship between climate change and our health? And what can the health domain do to combat climate change? Continue Reading

Living with Uncertainty

How do we live with uncertainty? Can modern humans still do that? Continue Reading

Future of the Healthy City 

What does the healthy city of the future look like? A future-proof health domain requires collaboration. Continue Reading 


Imagining the future of healthcare

Many dream - and worry - about the future of healthcare. What does it look like in 2050? How can we make this system 'fit for the future'? What leadership skills are necessary for such a transition, and who is responsible? Continue Reading


Between fake news and (bio)medical fact

A lot of (dis)information on disease and health can be found on the internet. Patients and healthcare professionals need to find and trust each other in this world of fake news. What is correct? Who decides? Continue Reading


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Who controls your mind?

The relation between doctor and patient seems to change. Patients become more verbal whilst doctors are less authoritative than in the past. Who has a right to speak about physical and psychological health? Continue Reading



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An app as your doctor?

Throughout the world of healthcare, various new digital aids are mushrooming. Online, both doctors and patients can find astonishing amounts of information on disease and treatments. Is your doctor being replaced by an app on your phone? Continue Reading


Theatre, Intersubjectivity and Medical/Psycho-trauma

The theatre allows us to visualise and live through physical and mental suffering, which in itself can have a healing effect. Vice versa, the hospital floor effectively forms a stage for a strictly scripted performance. What can we learn from this relationship? Continue Reading


The art of healing, the visual arts and the clinical perspective

Artists, art historians, and doctors are creative observers: they have to be able to read images and facial experssions in a split second, discern subtle signals and discover hidden patterns. Continue Reading


Meaning of Illness in and through Music

Music can have a healing influence. Vibrations and pacing allow spastic and ossified muscles to relax. Listing to a composition can alter your emotional state. What can we learn from the meaning of music in a (healthy) life? Continue Reading


Dance, Corporeity and Psychosomatics

The body feels, breathes, moves, works... and dances. The way how humans experience the world and give meaning to these experiences is bound to our physical senses. What happens if you lose those abilities? Continue Reading


Literature, Narrativity and Psychiatry

Human beings tell stories. We continuously narrate our lives, our origins, our feelings, our goals. But what if the story is interrupted? How does illness affect that story? Continue Reading