Learning from the students: Convergence in practice

A one-day conference to get inspired by convergence success stories

Due to the new covid-19 regulations, the conference is postponed to a later date.

The current generation of active scientists have predominantly received monodisciplinary education. Naturally they can (and do) collaborate, but these collaborations are often difficult because researchers from different disciplines don’t ‘speak each other’s language’ and lack elementary background knowledge. To address this problem, multi-disciplinary education programs have been set up to train students in multiple fields. These programs are successful in training scientists who can bridge the gap between those fields. To achieve the goals of the convergence initiative in each of its four themes, we now need to ‘flip the classroom’, teaching teachers to also connect outside their field. The people best equipped to do so are today’s students.

Convergence conference

On Friday December 3rd, 2021, we’ll hold a one-day in-person conference, with various activities and opportunities to interact in a friendly environment, allowing both students and faculty to reflect, discover new connections, and (re)define future perspectives. We expect that students and faculty from different programs and institutions will discover new connections and be motivated to collaborate across disciplines both in education and research. Next to the common conference features of presentations and posters, we will also organize speeddates, mixing people by field and (academic) age, and encourage faculty to use these speeddates to plan follow-up visits to each other’s groups.

The conference is organized by a committee consisting of student representatives of various programs, and faculty members from the three convergence partners. The conference is open to everyone who wishes to share experiences, connect to collaborators they haven’t met yet, and be inspired by success stories of multi-disciplinary approaches.

Practical matters

Participation in the conference is free of charge (thanks to generous funding by the convergence open minds initiative – the one exception being that you sign up but don’t show up). However, we do ask everybody to actively participate, by sharing some of your own research with a poster (independent of your ‘academic age’, you always have something to show) and an open attitude throughout the day.

The conference will be held at the Art Centre Delft, Rotterdamseweg 205, Delft
You will need a valid QR code to enter the venue.


10:00-10:30 Walk-in, coffee, put up posters
10:30-10:40 Welcome
10:40-11:25 Keynote talk by prof. Clemens Lowik, Erasmus MC, “Optical and multi-modality imaging in mice and humans”
11:25-12:15 Forum discussion 1.
12:15-12:45 Lunch
12:45-13:30 First poster session
13:30-14:30 Speeddates.
14:30-15:15 Second poster session (with coffee)
15:15-16:00 Forum discussion 2.
16:00-17:00 ‘college tour’ style discussion with Annelien Bredenoord, rector magnificus Erasmus University
17:00-20:00 Drinks and dinner


You can register using this form (deadline November 20).