Big Ideas of three top scientists at InScience
InScience is more than just film. In the series Big Ideas, prominent scientists take you to the boundaries of their field. Central at the Big Ideas is this year’s tipping point. The theme of InScience 2020, ‘Our Future in the Making’ is more relevant than we ever imagined. COVID-19 confronted us with our vulnerability, the importance of health, the uncertainty of our future, and forced us to consider how we live together.
Philomena Essed: Everyday racism in 2020
Philomena Essed is Professor of Critical Race, Gender and Leadership Studies at Antioch University in the United States. In 1984 Essed published the book Everyday racism. She was one of the first to address racism as a Dutch problem, and her book became an important part of the anti-racism wave of the 1980s. How does she view the second wave of anti-racism now in full swing? Are the Black Lives Matters protests this year a turning point in the fight against racism in the Netherlands?
- Philomena Essed’s Big Idea can be viewed via a livestream on Thursday 12 November. This program is organized in collaboration with Radboud Reflects.
Mihai Netea: How can we fight off infections?
As professor of Experimental Internal Medicine at Radboudumc, Mihai Netea is one of the leading scientists to research the immune system. When it became clear in March just how disastrous the Corona outbreak was, Netea and his team started to research a vaccine. In his lecture, he will explain how infections have affected humans throughout history, how our way of living together increases the risk of epidemics and pandemics, and what the search for a vaccine entails.
- Mihai Netea’s Big Idea will take place on Friday, November 13 in LUX Nijmegen
Joyeeta Gupta: Sharing Our Earth
Joyeeta Gupta, Professor of Environment and Development in the South at the University of Amsterdam, is lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. Gupta argues that thinking about justice is not only wise for solving these problems: it is necessary. The world’s poorest people pay the highest price for climate change, while those who directly and indirectly cause global environmental problems are the richest people in the world. During her lecture, she will discuss the relationship between sustainability and inequality in our current economic system, and how we can make the future better for everyone.
- Joyeeta Gupta’s Big Idea will take place on Sunday, November 15 in LUX Nijmegen.