InScience Film Festival


In collaboration with LantarenVenster and Studium Generale Rotterdam, we are proud to present the second satellite edition of the festival in Rotterdam. All programs are introduced by an expert and after the film, there is an opportunity for discussion. The film and lecture are in English. The satellite edition will take place on November 12 and 24.

12 november: Hunting for Hedonia

Pernille Rose Gronkjaer | documentary | DK, BR, DE, VS, GB | 2019 | 87 min

In the 1960s, Robert Heath was one of the most renowned neurologists in the world. His research on deep brain stimulation used electrodes in the brain to stimulate feelings of happiness and to suppress negative emotions. However, his methods proved too controversial and ultimately destroyed his reputation. Decades later, with psychological problems such as depression and anxiety becoming more common, scientists are re-examining the possibilities of deep brain stimulation. While there has been some success, old ethical dilemmas are beginning to rise up like ghosts from the past. Could tiny wires in our brain really hold the key to happiness?

Talk by professor Maarten Frens

Introduction by brain professor Maarten Frens (Prof. Maarten Frens, professor of Systems Physiology at the Neurosciences Department of Erasmus MC), in which he takes you to the wonderful world of our brain.

24 november: Picture a Scientist

Ian Cheney & Sharon Shattuck | documentary | VS | 2020 | 97 min

Picture a scientist. What do you see? Chances are it’s not a woman. An important reason for this is that women aren’t always given the same opportunities or the same respect in science as their male colleagues. Picture a Scientist follows three female researchers as they face sexism, intimidation, and institutional discrimination in the academic field. Against the current and with a deep love for their profession, these women are committed to revolutionising the culture of science.

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