Public Lectures

January - Public Data


Together we will watch the documentary TOEGANG! made by Barbara in request of the KNVI SOD. Om the documentary, important actors in the Dutch digitalization will present their vision about the way we deal with data. It is a beautiful elaboration of an episode of ‘Zomergasten’ with Marleen Stekker. After this, Reinier Tromp will tell about the possible answers to the movement: ‘De Datavakbond’. Are you questioning yourself: ‘HOW?’ regularly during this evening, then there is enough time for questions from the audience.

Evening Program

19.15-20.15 - Documentary

20.30-21.30 - Panel discussion

February - Privacy Tour


Walk with the city tour guide through the center of Tilburg and visit places where our privacy is at stake. On our way we stop by places where our data is collected to see where the data is used for. Spoiler alert! There is a lot of time to catch your breath.

Become aware of the value of the data you carry with you and become familiar with the digital pickpockets of the town.

Evening Program


19.15-19.30 - Doors open

19.30-21.30 - Public Lecture

April - Not human artists


The notion ‘Art’ is hard to define. So, how can we teach a machine what art is? Meanwhile, the machine found the inspiration and more and more masterpieces appear created by a machine. But who is the real owner of the work? During this meeting we dive into algorithmic art, to subject this art to the Turing test. Can we determine the difference between the work of a human and a machine?

Date & Location

This public lecture has been canceled.


Rob Kitchin is a professor and ERC Advanced Investigator in the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis at Maynooth University, for which he was director between 2002 and 2013. After studying at Lancaster University (BSc Geography), Leicester


University (MSc GIS), and the University of Wales Swansea (PhD Geography), he took up a post in Queen's University Belfast in 1996, moving to Maynooth University in 1998. He is currently a principal investigator on the Programmable City project (funded by the European Research Council) and the Building City Dashboards project (funded by Science Foundation Ireland; also see Dublin Dashboard).

You can find the abstract here.


Date & Location



14th March 2019


Lochal, Tilburg

Evening Program


19.15-19.30 - Doors open

19.30-19.35 - Introduction

19.35-20.30 - Lecture by Kitchin

20.30-21.30 - Debate

May - Become a data treasure-digger


“If you can’t beat them, join them”. To understand all the ins and outs of the collection of data, we will put ourselves in the shoes of a data collector. In a few hours, we will build a basis module to collect climate data to contribute to a big local climate research in Tilburg with This basis module can be expanded with other sensors in follow-up workshops of the library. Experience the power and possibilities of data. Data is the new gold. 

With this data and future analysis we will start to answer questions like:
How does the global climate change influence Tilburg?
Do we notice the temperature increase in the city, if we compare with historic data?
What is the coolest place in the city and why?

Tickets costs 15,- and spots are limited. 

You can buy your tickets here

This project teaches you to solder, and you bring home your own climate data sensor based on Arduino and LoRa
The sensor will work in the city of Tilburg. Any doubts? Check: for coverage 

Date & Location



21st May 2019


Lochal, Tilburg

Evening Program


19.15-19.30 - Doors open

19.30-21.30 - Public Lecture

June - Where do we leave our parents?


Technology can help our parents to live at home for a longer period. Because of their wish or because of necessity. During this meeting we will talk about the new possibilities of independent living and we can experience some solutions at first hand.

This public lecture will be held in Dutch.

Date & Location



25th June 2019


Lochal, Tilburg

Evening Program


19:15-19:30 Welkom

19:30-19:50 Adri Wischmann - Care Cube

19:50-20:00 Ruimte voor vragen

20:00-20:20 Claudia van Erven,  Annelein van Sluijs en Corrie Aarts van zorginstelling de Wever over hun visie op een prettige oude dag en zelfstandig of begeleid wonen met behulp van slimme oplossingen en technologie. 

20:20-20:30 Ruimte voor vragen

20:30-21:30 Panel gesprek met het publiek onder begeleiding van Robin Pierce en Tineke Broer van TILT. 

21:30 Afronding



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John Danaher

Sven Nyholm

September - "Welcoming Robots into the Moral Circle


John Danaher and Sven Nyholm will give the Public Lecture on the 24th of September. 

John Danaher is a lecturer in the Law School at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His research deals with the legal, social and ethical implications of emerging technologies, with a particular focus on robotics and artificial intelligence. He has published many articles on human enhancement, brain-based lie detection, the philosophy of punishment, technological unemployment, artificial intelligence and social robots. He is the co-editor (with Neil McArthur) of Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications (MIT Press, 2017), and the author of Automation and Utopia (Harvard University Press, forthcoming 2019).

Sven Nyholm is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Ethics at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Nyholm’s research covers various different aspects of ethics: both general ethical theory and also more specific ethical issues, especially in relation to technology and modern life. His first book was about Kantian ethics. His second book, which will appear in early 2020, is about the ethics of human-robot interaction.

You can find the abstract here.

Date & Location



24th September 2019

De Kennismakerij, Lochal, Tilburg

Evening Program


19.15-19.30   - Welcome, coffee & tea

19.30-20.30 - Lecture by John Danaher &  
                       Sven Nyholm

20.30-21.00 - Public debate: questions,



Hildebrandt is a Research Professor on 'Interfacing Law and Technology' at Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB), appointed by the VUB Research Council. She is co-Director of the research group on Law Science Technology and Society studies (LSTS) at the Faculty of Law and Criminology. She also holds the part-time Chair of Smart Environments, Data Protection and the Rule of Law at the Science Faculty, at the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences (iCIS) at Radboud University Nijmegen. Her research interests concern the implications of automated decisions, machine learning and mindless artificial agency for law and the rule of law in constitutional democracies. In 2015 she published ’Smart Technologies and the End(s) of Law’, and in 2020 her ‘Law for Computer Scientists and Other Folk’ will be published by Oxford University Press (available at MIT’s pubpub in open access). In 2018 she was awarded an ERC Advanced Grant for her project on ‘Counting as a Human Being in the era of Computational Law’ (2019-2024), where she will lead a legal team from Brussels and a computer science team from Radboud. You can find the abstract here.

Evening Program


19.15-19.30 - Doors open

19.30-19.40 - Introduction

19.40-20.30 - Lecture by M. Hildebrandt

20.30-21.00 - Public debate: Q&A



19.15-19.30  - Doors open

19.30-19.40 - Introduction by L. Reins

19.40-20.40 - Lecture by F. Sindico

20.40-21.10 - Debate led by A. Berti Suman



Francesco Sindico is the Co-Director of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance, and the Programme Director of the Strathclyde LLM in Climate and Energy Law. Over fifteen years of research, Francesco’s work has focused on climate change law and its relationship with security, sustainable development and trade. Francesco is co-ordinating a global project on climate change litigation and has extensive experience advising international organisations and governments on several areas of International Law, including climate change law and water law. He has also led the organisation of the 2018 IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium on “The Transformation of Environmental Law and Governance: Innovation, Risk and Resilience”. You can find the abstract here.


This public lecture has been canceled.

Our Public Lecture Progam is Organised in Cooperation With Bibliotheek Midden-Brabant



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is kennis en verbeeldingskracht voor nodig. Wij maken informatie en verhalen toegankelijk, en we stimuleren mensen om kennis te delen en nieuwe verhalen te creëren. We dagen mensen uit om verder te kijken en helpen ze verder te komen.


Wij zetten ons in voor een samenleving waar mensen lees- en taalvaardig zijn, waar ze hun weg weten te vinden in het informatieaanbod, en hun creativiteit kunnen inzetten. Een krachtige samenleving voor een sterk Midden-Brabant.


In een veranderende samenleving verandert ook de rol van de bibliotheek. Als Bibliotheek Nieuwe Stijl richten we ons op het leggen van verbindingen met strategische partners en op co-creatie met inwoners van Midden-Brabant. We bereiken inwoners langs verschillende wegen. Naast fysieke vestigingen in multifunctionele centra, creëren we structurele en incidentele plekken waar mensen kennis en verhalen delen.


De Bibliotheek Midden-Brabant is met 16 vestigingen en 200 medewerkers de grootste culturele instelling van de regio en een van de innovatiefste bibliotheken van het land. Naast een collectie, bieden we ons publiek ook een podium en een werkplaats.



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