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NIAS Alumni Day

When 12 October 2017 from 12:30 to 17:30 hrs
Where St. Jorishof, Korte Spinhuissteeg 3, Amsterdam
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All former fellows are invited to attend the NIAS Alumni Day, to listen to Theo Mulder's lecture on imagination, see the new NIAS premises, to meet members of the current year group, and to reunite with former NIAS colleagues. 


12.30 – 13.00  
Doors open
13.00 – 14.00  
Lunch, together with current Fellows
14.00 – 14.30  
Tour of the NIAS Main Building in the St. Jorishof
14.30 – 15.15  
Speeddating Session:
What it means to be a NIAS Alumnus
15.15 – 15.30  

15.30 – 16.15  
Lecture "Imagination: the cognitive power behind science and art and how it can fly at NIAS"
by Theo Mulder, Director of NIAS
16.15 – 17.30  
Drinks in the Conference Room
Optional: Tour of the Fellows House at the Kloveniersburgwal 23

Note that the Fellows House is not wheelchair accessible. 

Lecture by Theo Mulder

Imagination: the cognitive power behind science and art, and how it can fly at NIAS

The first part of this lecture focusses on the role and relevance of NIAS as an Institute for Advanced Study. What is the current situation in Amsterdam and what are the new challenges and ambitions?
The second part focusses on imagination as the driving force for science and art. Imagination is one of the most mysterious and fascinating faculties of the human mind. It is not clear whether humans are the only animals that possess this skill, since fragments of it have been found in monkeys, dolphins, elephants and crows. However, this lecture will focuss on humans who use this mental power for science and art and for unravelling the secrets of life and our planet.


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