Conferentie 2024

Bedankt voor het bijwonen van onze conferentie Navigating Transitions op 24 april 2024 in TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht. Bekijk de film die een impressie geeft van de dag en de foto’s van de conferentie. In 2025 vindt de conferentie plaats in Eindhoven. Zien we je dan?

Video impressie van de dag:

Videoregistratie van de Openingssessie:

Videoregistratie van de Afsluitende sessie:

Videoregistratie plenaire sessie track 1 ‘Digital Innovations for a Circular Society’, hosted door het Institute 4 a Circular Society:  

Videoregistratie plenaire sessie track 2 ‘Cooperation is needed to make the transition to prevention and health’, hosted door het Institute 4 Preventive Health:

Foto impressie:

Over de conferentie (in het Engels)

How can science and education contribute to navigating societal transitions during challenging times? In times of increasing socio-economic and environmental challenges, interdisciplinary research and education can play a pivotal role in finding solutions to these complex issues.

The host of our conference was Hester den Ruijter. Hester is a Professor of Cardiovascular disease in women at the University Medical Center in Utrecht. Her aim is to translate knowledge from experimental research to the patient.

Keynote speaker Roman Krznaric is a social philosopher who writes about the power of ideas to create change. His latest book is the international bestseller The Good Ancestor: How to Think Long Term in a Short-Term World. Particularly known for his work on empathy and long-term thinking, his writings have been widely influential amongst political and ecological campaigners, education reformers, social entrepreneurs and designers. 

Roman Krznaric introduced an altering mindset based on the concept of the ‘Good Ancestor’, that encourages forward-thinking actions. His philosophy prompts us to contribute to a sustainable and inclusive future through collaborative efforts across diverse fields of knowledge.


The conference kicked off with a plenary session, followed by three individual tracks, a plenary closing and drinks.

After the plenary closing, there was the poster exhibition to learn more about diverse research projects, showcasing the innovative collaborations shaping the future.

Over de programmalijnen (tracks)

Track 1: Digital Innovations for a Circular Society

The Institute for a Circular Society (i4CS) emphasizes the complexity of transitioning to a circular society and highlights the value of digital tools, including digital twinning and augmented reality, in facilitating this shift. In this track, we will explore how these tools can be utilized in designing circular solutions for sectors, such as hospitals or regional food systems, addressing issues of data origin, accessibility, and potential divides between users and non-users.

Track 2: Empowering Healthier Communities Through Collaboration

The Institute for Preventive Health (i4PH) track addresses health challenges in the Netherlands, featuring inspiring speakers and two workshops on ‘Nurturing healthy lifestyles’ and ‘Future frontiers in health’, involving AI innovations and Living Technologies.

Track 3: Competencies for Transitions

Transitions are messy. Embracing the uncertain and sometimes chaotic nature of transitions, we discover the importance of developing new skills and competencies. In this track, the Centre for Unusual Collaborations and our Education Programme invites you  on an experiential journey. Let’s explore together how to learn, enhance, and apply future competencies in our daily work.