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Health & Preferences Workshop 29 feb

  • #economics
  • #ethicsinhealthsciences
  • #philosophy
  • #psychologicalsciences

Perspectives from economics and philosophy on the policy-relevance of health preferences on reimbursement decision-making.

Preferences play a central role in healthcare reimbursement decisions, for example informing cost-effectiveness analysis, priority setting, and medical product development. But are preferences as currently elicited to inform these decisions fit-for-purpose, or ‘policy-relevant’?

Established literatures in philosophy and behavioural economics challenge this assumption. Relevant preferences would, for example, be well-informed, based on correct reasoning, and due to self-regarding or public-regarding reasons (but not necessarily both). All of these conditions have been contested empirically.

This workshop has therefore invited health economists, behavioural economists, and philosophers to make headway on the question: How can we determine whether stated health preferences are policy-relevant, and what should we do if we have good reason to believe they are not?

In this workshop, which includes a keynote by Daniel Hausman (Rutgers University), the question of when health policy should be based on health preferences and which challenges exists in the measurement and interpretation of those preference will be explored in three sessions (see below for details). The workshop aims to develop agenda for future interdisciplinary research on policy-relevant preferences in healthcare reimbursement.

For more information, the programme and registration click here.

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SEISMEC: Better work, better workplaces

  • #computerscience
  • #informationscience
  • #psychologicalsciences
  • #sociology
  • #technology

In connection with the SEISMEC project, this mini-symposium will examine the emergence of increased digital and AI supported tools within work contexts. The symposium will raise and discuss means to and the opportunities and challenges of integrating new technologies in relation to empowering workers in multiple ways.

Join us for presentations, keynotes, and discussions on human centric digitalisation and AI encompassing developments in Industry 5.0, perspectives of large organisations and SMEs, human resources and labour organisations.

Brought to you by Erasmus University Rotterdam and Societal Impact of AI (AiPact), the Erasmus Centre for Data Analytics (ECDA), Reshaping Work.

Have a look at the programme and register here.

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Social City Walk

Practice your Dutch, meet new people and get to know the city better! The Social City Walk is all about connection between cultures. Want to have fun conversations with people you may have never met otherwise, while having a nice walk around the city? Walking & Talking brings together ‘new’ Rotterdammers with native speakers. Break out of your bubble and help each other practice the Dutch language and learn new things.

Each group will have a guide that makes sure you will switch buddy’s multiple times during a walk, and have many interesting meetings in one night. With different starting points and routes, we make sure you get a good glimpse of what the city has to offer. For this special edition we will also introduce you to different foods from all over the world. Discover how diverse Rotterdam really is!

Open for (international) EUR staff, students, alumni and everyone else. Bring a friend and enjoy a night of connection! We start at 17:00 at the EUR Campus for a grand opening.

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Erasmus University Rotterdam opens Immersive Tech Space

  • #computerscience
  • #informationscience
  • #technology

On 16 January, Ed Brinksma officially opened the Immersive Tech Space, as part of the Erasmus Data Collaboratory, at Erasmus University Rotterdam Woudestein campus. The immersive Tech Space brings together EUR academics, students, support staff, and practitioners from industry and government. 

Immersive tech is a collective term for technologies that 'immerse' a person in an experience by engaging different senses. Virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) are manifestations of immersive tech.

Prof Ed Brinksma: “I am very proud that the Immersive Tech Space, as part of the Erasmus Data Collaboratory is being realized with the involvement of Erasmus Centre for Data Analytics (ECDA), ErasmusX, EUR support staff and diverse external partners. In this space of endless worlds our academics and students can collaborate in completely novel ways, that offer opportunities to address wicked problems (or work on societal challenges) from different perspectives, while speaking the same visual language through immersive technologies.”

Immersive Tech on campus Woudestein

At the Immersive Tech Space on campus Woudestein, people can collaborate, experiment and visualise information with the help of experts in immersive technology and gamification. This space is designed for education, research and making connections between different fields using immersive technologies such as VR, AR, MR and holography. 

These new technologies help to better understand concepts, embrace different perspectives and create new types of collaborations that drive innovation and thereby create societal impact. Jos van Dongen, Director Erasmus Data Collaboratory at ECDA: "The Immersive Tech Space brings together our academics, our immersive tech and data engineers, and students with external partners and stakeholders, to truly engage and collaborate via immersive experiences within their own domains, and especially within innovative projects that require an interdisciplinary approach." 

Read more about the Immersive Tech Space.

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Brain Awareness Week 11-17 March 2024

  • #biologicalsciences
  • #neurosciences
  • #philosophy
  • #psychologicalsciences
  • #sociology

After a successful first time, Erasmus University College is organising another Brain Awareness Week! The Brain Awareness Week is a public education activity during which we organise different activities in the city of Rotterdam. The objective of these activities is to educate children, teenagers, and adults on how the brain works, how to take care of the brain and overall brain health.

Last year’s activities included educational talks on the brain, more than 26 neuroscience experimental activities and mini-lecture, 4 brain-related workshops and two brain dissections. Over 50 speakers participated including (EUC) students, lecturers, and researchers, and we got to enjoy two wonderful musical performances!

Brain Awareness Week 2024

The theme of this year’s Brain Awareness Week is “The Changing Brain”. We have yet again found inspiring speakers that will have sessions on “the normal brain”, the aging brain, different aspects to aging and changing as a result of dementia. Activities will include a brain dissection workshop and a workshop with holograms and VR. The events will take place at inspiring locations throughout the city of Rotterdam among others, Erasmus University College and the Natuurhistorisch Museum.

More information
Brain Awareness Week will take place from the 11th of March until the 17th of March 2024. You can view and sign up for the events via: https://www.brain-awareness-week-euc.nl/blank-2Opens external.

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Workshop 29 Feb Health & Preferences - Perspectives from economics and philosophy on the policy-relevance of health preferences on reimbursement decision-making

  • #biologicalsciences
  • #economics
  • #medicalsciences
  • #pharmacologicalsciences
  • #philosophy

Preferences play a central role in healthcare reimbursement decisions, for example informing cost-effectiveness analysis, priority setting, and medical product development. But are preferences as currently elicited to inform these decisions fit-for-purpose, or ‘policy-relevant’?

Established literatures in philosophy and behavioural economics challenge this assumption. Relevant preferences would, for example, be well-informed, based on correct reasoning, and due to self-regarding or public-regarding reasons (but not necessarily both). All of these conditions have been contested empirically.

This workshop has therefore invited health economists, behavioural economists, and philosophers to make headway on the question: How can we determine whether stated health preferences are policy-relevant, and what should we do if we have good reason to believe they are not?

In this workshop, which includes a keynote by Daniel Hausman (Rutgers University), the question of when health policy should be based on health preferences and which challenges exists in the measurement and interpretation of those preference will be explored in three sessions (see below for details). The workshop aims to develop agenda for future interdisciplinary research on policy-relevant preferences in healthcare reimbursement.

For a detailed programme and sign up, check: https://www.eur.nl/en/events/health-preferences-2024-02-29

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(Un)Making a Murderer - Evening (30 Jan) on Psychopathy and Neuromodulation

  • #medicalsciences
  • #neurosciences
  • #philosophy
  • #psychologicalsciences
  • #sociology

Psychopaths. They have become the elusive focus of many Netflix documentaries and crime podcast in the last decades. However, it is not always clear what it means when we say someone is a psychopath. What makes someone a psychopath? How can we treat people who fall under this category? And: don’t all of us have some psychopathic tendencies?

During (Un)Making a Murderer we dive into the specifics of psychopathy and anti-social behavior. Together with experts on the topic we will talk about the origins of the term, but also about what can be done about it. Is neuromodulation, the application of electrical currents to the brain, a possible solution in influencing negative behavior? And what about the ethical aspects of treatments like these?

During the night we will dive into these questions with a group of experts:

  • Dr. Josanne van Dongen is Associate Professor of Forensic Psychology at the Erasmus School of Law. She has done extensive research on both psychopathy and neuromodulation and thinks it’s a fruitful avenue for treatment. How is it any different than regular medication?

  • Dr. Josi Driessen is Assistant Professor at the Donders Centre for Cognition and School of Psychology at the Radboud University. She investigates social decision making in individuals with psychopathic and antisocial traits. What do we know about psychopathy?

  • Dr. Maren Wehrle is Associate Professor in Practical Philosophy at Erasmus School of Philosophy. What is the difference between psychopaths and ‘normal’ people? Who decides this difference?

More information

Date: 30 january
Time: 19.30-20.00 Doors open: 19.15
Location: Erasmus Paviljoen
Entrance: Free

Sign up here.

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New Year’s Resolutions 24 January: Quiting Guilty Pleasures for Greater Happiness?

  • #biologicalsciences
  • #culturalstudies
  • #neurosciences
  • #psychologicalsciences
  • #sociology

Dry January, eating more vegetables and picking up a tight exercise routine, scrolling less past useless TikTok videos or quitting your daily joint before bed: quitting (unhealthy) pleasures always takes considerable effort. So why should you do it? And how do you know exactly what a good choice is?

During New Year's Resolutions, we'll talk with addiction scientists Karis Colyer-Patel and Nora de Bode about exactly what addiction is. Can you just quit it cold turkey or is just cutting back a little already good enough? To what extent do you have control over such a decision? With happiness professor Ruut Veenhoven we discuss what we actually wish each other when we say "Happy New Year". What is happiness and does it help to deny yourself your guilty pleasures? Are we happier in December or after a fresh start in January?

Karis Colyer-Patel and Nora de Bode are PhD-students at Erasmus University and involved in the Neuroscience of Addiction Lab, a research group that uses an interdisciplinary approach to investigate the fundamental as well as social and cultural processes of the neurobiology of addiction. Colyer-Patel's research emphasizes on fundamental brain processes and patterns by which changes in severity of drug use and risk of addiction can be predicted. De Bode looks at the relationship between regular marijuana use and mental well-being.

Prof. Dr. Ruut Veenhoven is a so-called happiness professor and is, among other things, active in the Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organization (EHERO), a scientific institute that conducts research on happiness. What exactly is happiness and how can we achieve it? EHERO wants to contribute to as much happiness for as many people as possible and advises, among others,  government agencies and organizations to make better informed choices.

Date: 24 January 2024
Time: 16.00-17.30
Doors: 15:30
Location: Erasmus Paviljoen

More info and sign up: https://www.eur.nl/en/events/new-years-resolutions-2024-01-24

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Making AI “less artificial”

  • #computerscience
  • #informationscience
  • #technology

João Gonçalves received a Veni grant for his research on using social science in AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become an integral part of the modern world. The possibilities seem endless with Chat GPT, virtual assistants like Siri and self-driving cars. But AI also has a downside, warns João Fernando Ferreirea Gonçalves (media scientist and lecturer in statistics at ESHCC).

He received a €280,000 Veni grant from the NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) this year for his research on making AI 'less artificial', which starts this November. We spoke to João to get an insight into his research and what he wants to achieve with it.

Continue reading here.

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AICON LAB opened: what role does Artificial Intelligence play in our city of Rotterdam?

  • #computerscience
  • #informationscience
  • #technology

On November 30th, the AICON LAB was opened. This is a collaboration that brings together artists, scientists and city residents to explore the conditions for human- and society-friendly AI in an accessible and appealing way. You are welcome from December 1st 2023 until March 1st 2024.   

How can the use of AI create new opportunities while minimising potential risks? Working together, we can build a deeper understanding of the role of AI in our world, and try to answer how we want to shape the present and future. Making all minds matter.

AICON is an initiative of the Erasmus Initiative Societal Impact of AI ('AiPact') of Erasmus University Rotterdam. It is a collective of scientists, students, artists, organisations and residents of the city of Rotterdam.  

From December 1st 2023 to March 1st 2024, there will be an exhibition, dialogues, workshops, presentations and other activities inside and especially outside Erasmus University to visit and experience at AICON LAB. More information can be read here.