Four reasons to visit the Night of Art & Sciences
On 16 September, the Rapenburg canal will be the setting for the Night of Art & Sciences. There will be plenty of things to do, including for international students and staff. We have selected four great acts in advance.
Being a beast
If you want to learn about animals, there is only one way: you have to become one. That’s what veterinarian and lawyer Charles Foster must have thought when he decided to live like a badger and an otter. A unique experience, to say the least. At the Night of Arts & Sciences, Charles is interviewed about his experiences as a beast.
Close your eyes and go on a journey through life on Earth beyond your own eyes. Through different VR goggles you can experience the eyesight of different animals and scientific spectral cameras. What is it like to see like a bumblebee or a shark? Is the world around us significantly different if you view it in infrared? And what does the world look like if you were to look to Earth from the International Space Station and other satellites? Experience it yourself!
Reach for the stars
For most of Earth’s history, our spectacular universe of stars and galaxies has been visible in the darkness of the night sky. But today some of us must travel far away from home. Away from the flow of artificial lighting to experience the expanse of the Milky Way as our ancestors once knew it. When was the last time you saw billions of stars in the sky? Were you in a city? Wipe away the light- and air pollution and we would be left with a dazzling light show.
Human trafficking in a digital era
Innovation is associated with progress - but does innovation always lead to progress for everyone? The introduction of new technologies led to the introduction of new forms of Human Trafficking in the last decade. The globalised digital connectivity has given rise to a new form of slavery and exploitation in which traffickers, victims and diasporas are digitally connected in criminal practices, carried out in many different locations at once. What to expect for the future of these unwanted effects of technical innovation? What challenges will we face? Mirjam van Reisen (LIACS & Leiden Centre for Data Science), Munyaradzi Mawere (University of Cape Town, South Africa) and Kinfe Abraha (Mekelle University, Ethiopia) discuss the impact of innovation on human trafficking.